City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010
Goodyear Councilmember Osborne continues work as
Clean Air Make More Ambassador
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (July 23, 2010) Following up on commitments announced by Maricopa County Air Quality Department honoring the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, City of Goodyear Councilmember Joanne Osborne continues to create awareness and build a healthy, prosperous economy for today's residents and the generations of the future. She continues to represent Goodyear and is devoted to addressing the air quality crisis, impacting the health of residents and the growth of Arizona.
One of Osborne's priorities as a Clean Air Make More Ambassador is to create awareness among citizens and reduce the number of days Maricopa County exceeds the federal health standards for air pollution.
She is committed to finding a solution for the air quality crisis and related health issues in Goodyear and Maricopa County. As an Ambassador, I will continue discussions at the local level to discuss simple steps Goodyear residents can take to promote changes in behavior that will lead to cleaner air.
Maricopa County along with the Maricopa Association of Governments has a "5 Percent Plan" to reduce particulate emissions by five percent each year until attainment is reached. All of us--individuals, businesses, and government entities--must do our part to reduce the pollution in the air.
"Commuters can use the temporary Park and Ride south of Interstate 10 near Dysart and McDowell for express Metro Valley bus service non-stop to downtown Phoenix," said Osborne. "If you live close to work or school, consider biking or walking just one day a week to have a tremendous impact on our air quality. Employers can encourage workers to carpool with simple scheduling changes, and reward those who do with premier parking and inexpensive prizes."
A top priority of Maricopa County is to protect public health. Air pollution can cause severe breathing difficulties, upper respiratory problems, and can aggravate asthma conditions.
"We are coming together as one voice as an example to our constituents to create a movement of change," Osborne said. "We are facing a crisis in Maricopa County, but it's not an impossible dilemma. That is why it is up to each and every one of us to take simple actions every day to make a difference."
Clean Air Make More Ambassadors like Councilmember Joanne Osborne continue to bring these messages to their residents, encouraging them to make small lifestyle changes that will have a huge impact on the environment and health of Maricopa County residents.
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is looking for other visionaries to become Clean Air Make More Ambassadors, who are willing to build awareness and make a positive change to impact the future of Maricopa County. To learn about becoming a Clean Air Ambassador visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com.
About Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the Federal Clean Air Act.