Milton Grows Green partners to combat poor air quality, commute cost
MILTON, Ga., Oct. 5, 2011 - The City of Milton, through an initiative of the Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG), recently partnered with The Clean Air Campaign to curb air pollution by reducing city employee commute trips.
The goal is to foster greater use of alternatives to driving alone by creating more options for employees, such as carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking, riding transit, teleworking and compressed work-week programs. These are needed changes, as in the metro Atlanta area, more than half of all smog-forming emissions come from the tailpipes of cars and trucks.
"We are constantly evaluating new ideas for a greener workplace to create cost savings and build positive morale," said Cindy Eade, sustainability coordinator for the City of Milton. "Partnering with The Clean Air Campaign puts us in position to make our city stronger while we proactively address traffic and air pollution challenges in our community."
Eade said MGG is aiming to do more than just make life easier and cleaner for commuting Milton employees. She said the group is also taking on an educational role for residents so they know how to fight the problem as well, including an interactive display at the Milton Roundup Oct. 15 featuring a "smog balloon." If you would like to be involved with MGG or any of its environmental programs, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"By carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting and establishing 'no-idle' zone policies at schools, together we can make a difference in solving problems like childhood asthma, which has been linked to poor air quality," she said.
ABOUT THE CLEAN AIR CAMPAIGN
The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with Georgia's employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality. These commute option programs are conducted in partnership with The Georgia Department of Transportation and more than 1,600 Georgia employers.
Each day, these programs reduce 1.4 million miles of vehicle travel and keep 700 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. For more information, call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) or visit www.cleanaircampaign.org.