Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air

Outcomes and Conclusions

In 2021, the Partners for Clean Air program had 19 members; there are nine businesses, five governmental agencies, and five individuals. Specifically, there are eight gold-level, three silver-level, and seven bronze-level members committed to reducing harmful air pollutants.

To limit air pollutants, there is a list of voluntary actions members have taken, such as reducing driving, conserving energy, and avoiding excessive idling on Air Quality Action Days. For businesses, some members have designated a workplace coordinator for Air Quality Action Days, started an in-office rideshare program, and used telecommuting and teleconferencing. Together, these actions have assisted in improving the air quality of Northwest Indiana.

Challenges

The biggest challenge for the Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air has been encouraging small entities and individuals, with limited resources, to join the program and improve their local air quality through voluntary actions. Since many individuals view ambient air pollution as a problem caused solely by large industrial facilities, with significant emissions, many individuals do not believe their actions will impact local air quality. To overcome this challenge, the program continues to educate community members about air pollution and highlight daily actions residents can take to limit their air pollution.  

Additionally, as the program’s outreach efforts are mainly targeted at adults and industry leaders, it has historically struggled to communicate its message to youth. To increase youth engagement, the program established college scholarships that assist qualified students who have educational goals aligned with clean air and public health.

To learn more about the Northwest Partners for Clean Air Program, contact:

Charles Breitenfeldt
Partners for Clean Air Coordinator 
 
chbreite@idem.IN.gov  
Indiana Department of Environmental Management  
(219) 250-0119 

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