Idle Free AB

Help improve Alberta’s air quality AND show off your good deeds by entering our Twitter #IdleFreeAB #60secondsorlesspledge Contest!

It’s easy:

  1. Make a comment or post a photo of you choosing to shut off your engine instead of idling. For example, this can be shutting off your engine while waiting at a curbside pickup, getting your kids from school or only leaving your engine idling for as long as it takes to scrape your windshield in the morning! If you don’t have a car or choose not to use it, then a photo of you walking, biking or taking transit to your destination works too!
  2. Post to Twitter using the hashtag #IdleFreeAB or #60secondsorlesspledge
  3. Tag @calgaryairshed
  4. Every time you post a new comment, you get an entry to that week’s draw.
  5. One winner will be drawn from the posts weekly. The weekly winner will be announced on Feb. 16th, March 5th and March 12th, 2021.

What’s the prize?

A $10 gift card to a local coffee shop/restaurant!

Please know that more retweets and replies really help get the chatter going…and we appreciate that! However, only new unique entries will count towards an entry for the weekly draw. The good thing is, you can enter as many times as you’d like!

Questions about this contest?

Contact us at tanya.carlson@craz.ca. Want more info about idling and its impact on our health, environment, and wallets? Check out Alberta Airsheds Council and Natural Resources Canada.

Purple Air Project

Purple Air Project

The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is collaborating with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to bring Purple Air Monitoring to the region.

Purple Air Monitors are low cost sensors that are used to supplement government air data to provide a better understanding of local-scale air pollution. The level of pollution can change quickly and vary within the same neighbourhood, these monitors provide air quality maps for communities to better protect vulnerable populations.

PURPLE AIR SENSORS

The PA-II is an air quality sensor that measures real-time PM2.5 concentrations. Built-in WiFi enables the sensor to transmit data to the PurpleAir map, where it is stored and made available to any smart device.

Dimensions: 3.5 in x3.5 in x 5 in (85 mm x 85 mm x 125 mm)

Purple Air Information Sheet

Purple Air Collaborator Information

Teachers Lesson Plan

CRAZ has developed a teacher’s lesson plan that involves students conducting an air quality experiment, graphing their results and creating their own invention to clean the air.  Students will understand how air  quality can be impacted and how air quality impacts their health.  They will also learn how air pollution relates to climate change and identify actions they can take to reduce air pollution.

Grade level and Curriculum link: Grade 5 Science, Investigate relationships between weather phenomena and human activity.  Recognize human actions can affect climate and identify human actions linked to the greenhouse effect.

CRAZ will also provide your school with all the materials needed to run this lesson plan!

CRAZ also gives Grade 5 students a free presentation on air quality, and as a little surprise we will bring your school an Idle Free Zone, Turn Engine Off sign to display at your school.

https://craz.ca/downloads/CRAZ-Teacher-Lesson-Plan.pdf

Let’s Make the Invisible Visible Online Learning Plan with Virtual Classroom PowerPoint

Join Professor Airianna on an adventure to learn how air quality can be impacted and how air quality impacts health.  Students will learn how air quality relates to climate change and identify actions they can take to reduce air pollution.

Grade 5 Online Lesson Plan

Virtual Assistant Power Point

 Tailpipe Pollution Challenge

Want a fun challenge for your co-workers?  Try the Tailpipe Polltution Challenge!  Check what is coming out of your vehicles tailpipe and compare.

https://craz.ca/downloads/Tailpipe_Pollution-Challenge.pdf

Commuter-Connect (Small)

Workplace Commuter Options

CRAZ has developed this toolkit to help organizations foster a more efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible way for their employees to travel to and from work. This document provides direction and resources that will help you develop a Commuter Options Program for your work place.

Download the CRAZ Commuter Options Toolkit

Media

For Media Release

CRAZ is a leading source of air quality in the City of Calgary and its surrounding communities. With real time data and specialized staff, CRAZ can guarantee to provide up to date information on what is happening with the air quality at any moment.  CRAZ Air Quality Manager, Mandeep Dhaliwal is available to answer questions, give live interviews or tour media of the Ambient Air Monitoring Station on request.

CRAZ has developed toolkits for commuter options, idle-free campaigns, and school “Clean Air” strategies.

CRAZ is an organization that has been set up in partnership with municipal and provincial governments, the public and not for profit sector, and with industry to monitor and manage air quality in the City of Calgary and surrounding communities.

Visit the CRAZ website daily for the Air Quality Health Index, the AQHI provides a number form 1 – 10+ to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality.

For more information or questions on the Calgary Region Airshed Zone please email Tanya at Tanya.carlson@craz.ca or phone 403-968-5522.

Ambient Air Monitoring Station Tours

Tours can be given to the public, groups (schools, businesses, non profits, etc), and to media inquiring about air quality data collection.

To book a tour of the Ambient Air Monitoring Station – Central Station please contact Tanya.carlson@craz.ca

2021 CRAZ Annual General Meeting

AGM will be held by virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  For more information please contact tanya.carlson@craz.ca.

2020 Annual Report

2020 CRAZ Annual Report