Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pollution Prevention Week

I'm letting you know early this year that next week, Sept. 17-23, is Pollution Prevention Week, so you can get your t-shirts made and everything.
Pollution Prevention Week is a time to help preserve our environment while saving money and improving the health of your family. When it comes to transportation, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency recommends these ways to get started:

• Implement a No Idle Zone program and policy at work or school. For more information call 477-4727.
• Choose an alternative to driving to work alone. Whether it's once a week or once a month, it helps prevent pollution. Bike, bus, walk or share a ride a ride to work throughout the month of September.

• Practice healthy driving habits to save money on gas, reduce wear and tear on your car and reduce the amount of pollution coming from your tailpipe.

o Drive at steady speeds.

o Avoid jackrabbit starts and sudden stops.

o Combine errands into efficient trips.

• A well-maintained vehicle runs more efficiently, resulting in better gas mileage and reduced tailpipe emissions. Follow these tips:

     o Schedule regular oil changes and tune-ups.

     o Check tire pressure monthly to increase miles per gallon and decrease wear.

     o Replace dirty air filters.

     o Check engine fluid levels twice a month.

     o Inspect fan belts and hoses monthly for wear and replace as needed.

• In the market for a new or used vehicle? Consider clean car options that are available. Look for a vehicle that gets great gas mileage and has very low or ultra-low emissions. Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Vehicle Guide for more information.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.