Tee-Off for Clean Air in Texas

By: Sarah Holland, Director, CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas

Tee-Off with logoOzone season is now upon us, which means citizens and cities need to be aware of daily ozone levels and how they impact daily life. Ozone, also known as smog, is a harmful air pollutant that is associated with adverse health effects, including asthma attacks, decreased lung function and premature death. Children, older Americans, and those with preexisting respiratory conditions are especially at risk. Poor air quality not only affects public health, but is bad for the Texas economy as well. Currently our region is on the cusp of nonattainment, meaning several cities in Texas do not meet federal health-based air quality standards. Designation could mean a requirement for new emission reduction control measures. In addition, a non-attainment designation has several consequences, including diminished attractiveness for talent recruitment, new businesses, and families.

That’s why CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is hosting Tee-Off for Clean Air at Grey Rock Golf Club on March 30th, along with our annual Ozone Season Kick-Off Event. Founded in 1993, the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is dedicated to safeguarding and improving air quality in Central Texas, including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. This is our first charity golf tournament and we would like to extend a personal invitation to support our air quality improvement programs. Special guest speakers at this year’s event will include City and County elected officials, CLEAN AIR Force Board members, and EDF’s own Elena Craft.

The CLEAN AIR Force has led the way in assisting Central Texas with finding voluntary solutions to reduce ozone, while achieving attainment under current thresholds. Please help us to continue our success in making needed air quality improvements. Your participation will go a long way toward helping everyone in the Central Texas community breathe clean, healthy air.

All are welcome to attend this public event, and we hope to see you there. For more information about the tournament or to register, please visit www.bit.ly/teeoff2015.

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