Environment

Sign up now to take part in California’s Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day

The fourth annual California Clean Air Day is set for Wednesday, Oct. 6 and residents, businesses and cities around the state are encouraged to sign up and commit to clear the air, through actions big and small.

Organizers say efforts to clean California’s air is critical: seven of the 10 most ozone-polluted U.S. cities are in California, 1 million school absences in the state are related to air pollution, and Californians are four times more likely than other Americans to experience air pollution-related issues.

There are two options to take the Clean Air Day Pledge: register as an organization, such as a city,  or as an individual or household.

In 2020, more than 1.6 million Californians participated in Clean Air Day, with 3.1 million pledges made. The menu of pledge options from which participants can choose includes three main categories:

  • Planting something
  • Reducing vehicle use
  • Switching things out

Pledges are as simple as planting a tree, trying public transit, changing a home air filter or buying local produce.

There are also several events surrounding Clean Air Day.

Transit agencies around the Bay Area and across the state also are part of the effort, with several offering free rides Oct. 6. These include:

Also, this year there is an option for organizations to be assigned a code that their employees can use when making an individual Clean Air Pledge. Participating organizations will be listed on the Clean Air Day website.

California Clean Air Day is a project of the Coalition for Clean Air.