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Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Flag Program: Spring Challenge

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In May, organizations across the US are challenged to recruit schools and other organizations (hospitals, fire houses, adult day care centers, health departments, etc.) to adopt an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Flag Program.

The Air Quality Flag Program helps to protect people’s health by alerting organizations of the local air quality forecast. Each day organizations raise a flag that corresponds to how clean or how much pollution is in the air. The color of the flag matches EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI): green, yellow, orange, red, and purple. On unhealthy days, organizations can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution, while keeping people active.

Participants must register in May at www.airnow.gov/flag, and the three organizations with the highest number of registrants will receive a set of air quality flags along with a congratulatory letter and certificate.

Deadline for participation: May 31, 2019.

More information: www.airnow.gov/flag or contact Amy Curran via email or at (803) 898-1644.