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WHAT IS CLEAN AIR COUNTS?

Clean Air Counts is a northeastern regional Illinois initiative to reduce ozone-causing emissions, thereby improving air quality and enabling economic development. It is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, City of chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. As a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the city of Yorkville has endorsed the Caucus' Greenest Region Compact that calls for reductions in air pollution among other environmental initiatives.

CITY AWARDED GOLD LEVEL DESIGNATION

The United City of Yorkville has been awarded Gold Level designation as a Clean Air Community by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Clean Air Counts. The City received the designation for the Green Committee's work on recommending air cleaning practices such as the usage of low VOC cleaning practices, energy efficiency lighting, LEED standards for new City buildings, rain gardens, and the promotion of these practices to the Yorkville community. Each of these practices reduces air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels or off gassing.

Clean Air Counts aims to reduce smog-forming emissions by five tons per day. Many daily activities, from driving your car to cleaning your home, release these emissions. By making a few small changes in habits and consumption, you can join thousands of households and businesses in helping to improve our air with just a few simple steps.

A FEW SIMPLE STEPS TOWARD CLEANER AIR

  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Purchase no- or low-VOC cleaning products and paints
  • Drive less, use public transit, and walk or bike whenever possible
  • Mow your lawn and fill your bas tank in the evening or cooler part of a summer day

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

More information on Clean Air Counts can be found at www.cleanaircounts.org.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

The Yorkville Green Committee is working together with the community on projects that can cut carbon and work toward cleaner air in the future. We are asking for your help! To learn more about the Green Committee for additional information call 630.553.4350.