Wednesday, April 28, 2010
American Lung Association
State of the Air Report 2010 Shows Fewer Days of Unhealthy Levels of Pollution, Cleaner Emissions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 28, 2010
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. CHICAGO, IL (APRIL 28, 2010)
– The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago's State of the Air 2010 report shows an improvement in the quality of air for the city of Chicago. Thanks in part to a decade of cleanup measures to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, one of the key ingredients required to produce ozone, and the transition to cleaner diesel fuels and engines, Chicago's efforts to improve the quality of air for its citizens is working.
"This is great news for our city," states Harold Wimmer, President & CEO of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago. "But we have a lot of work to do. State of the Air 2010 proves with hard data that cleaning up air pollution produces healthier air, and it should drive home to everyone how imperative it is to give ourselves healthy air to breathe."
The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago is working to continue efforts and legislation to tighten ozone standards and get even more emissions out of the air. One such effort involves promoting the use of no-emissions vehicles like those produced by the Solar Electric Vehicle Company.
"We are proud to be able to support the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago's clean air mission by bringing our no-gas, no-emissions, solar charged vehicles to consumers, businesses, parks, universities and municipalities in the Chicagoland area," states Bob Kopach, Co-Founder & Vice President of the Solar Electric Vehicle Company. "SEVC's solar electric vehicles provide up to 60 miles of pollution-free driving on a single charge."
Driving a solar powered vehicle is just one of the steps individuals can take to immediately and directly impact the air we breathe. Carpooling, turning off lights when we're not in the room, not burning wood or trash and making sure your local school system requires clean school buses are just some of the steps individuals can take to promote clean air.
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About the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
: Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungil.org