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GOAL 8:
ALL DALLAS' COMMUNITIES BREATHE CLEAN AIR.

Targets

MEET GROUND LEVEL OZONE ATTAINMENT STANDARD AS DESIGNATED BY NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS (NAAQS) BY 2030 AND MAINTAIN STATUS THROUGH 2050.

 

MAINTAIN ATTAINMENT STATUS AS DESIGNATED BY NAAQS FOR LEAD, CARBON MONOXIDE, NITROGEN DIOXIDE, PARTICULATE MATTER (PM10), PARTICULATE MATTER (PM2.5), AND SULFUR DIOXIDE THROUGH 2050.

While air quality in North Texas is generally improving, Dallas County is one of ten counties that consistently do not meet the 2008 federal air quality criteria for ground-level ozone. In 2018, Dallas-Fort Worth was ranked 16th in the American Lung Association's 25 Most Ozone-Polluted Cities. In Dallas, pediatric and adult asthma hospitalizations are largely concentrated in the southern and western parts of the city. Increases in temperature exacerbate poor air quality, putting vulnerable populations further at risk. Many of the actions in other CECAP sectors will contribute to improvements in air quality. Specific actions to monitor air quality at the neighborhood level, and that prevent the exposure of communities to sources of air pollution, are included in this sector. 

Resources for Residents

Clean Air Action Day

Participate in Clean Air Action Day by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality!

 

Sign Up for Air Quality Alerts

Sign up to receive alerts when air quality is predicted to be in the unhealthy range or higher for sensitive groups in parts of or the entire North Texas nonattainment region.

 

Engine Off North Texas

Support the Engine Off North Texas. By being aware and reducing your own idling, you’re improving your community’s air quality while setting a great example for others.

 

Drive Less

Consider alternate ways of reaching the places around you instead of driving alone. This can include taking the train or bus, biking, walking, carpooling, working from home among other things.

Resources for Businesses

Air North Texas

Air North Texas is a regional public awareness campaign and partnership that seeks to improve air quality in North Texas. Become a partner to access air quality informational materials and outreach items and be eligible to receive Air North Texas partner awards each fall.

 

Try Parking It

Offer rewards and coupons to customers tracking their greener commute trips using the Try Parking It app.

 

Telecommute

Offer flexible telecommuting options to reduce office space needed and to reduce commute-related transportation emissions. 

FOCUS ON: AIR QUALITY

Breathe Easy Dallas

City of Dallas and The Nature Conservancy in Texas, together with Texas A&M Transportation Institute have partnered to install neighborhood air quality monitors in nine different Dallas neighborhoods as part of the Breathe Easy Dallas project.  Breathe Easy Dallas, which started in 2017, is a collaboration with Texas A&M University Transportation Institute (TTI) Center for Advanced Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health (CARTEEH), the City, and The Nature Conservancy in Texas and other health and community organizations to advance scientific understanding and application of local air monitoring for improved public health outcomes among high-risk populations. 

Air North Texas

Dallas County is one of the ten counties in North Texas that fall under nonattainment for the pollutant ozone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Air North Texas campaign was created by the North Central Texas Council of Governments to help alleviate the air quality problem in our region. Air North Texas offers all North Texans, including individuals, businesses, and governments, resources related to improving air quality. 

City of Dallas Air Quality Program

City of Dallas Air Quality inspects and monitors the regulated industry to ensure compliance both with and to enforce the federal and state regulations governing air quality to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of Dallas residents.  The Air Quality Division also responds to citizen complaints, addressing concerns about the air quality in the City of Dallas.