Simple Steps

Preventing Ozone

Air quality along the Front Range and in Metro Denver does not currently meet federal standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But by taking a few simple steps, we all can play a part in improving the air we breathe.

Start with fewer car trips

Skip that car trip.

Coloradans love the outdoors, so why not get out of your car?
Replacing two vehicle trips each week by walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can keep 14 pounds of ozone-causing emissions out of our air. Skip the trip by:

  • Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
  • Walk, jog, or ride a bike to the gym.
  • Use public transit to get to a game, concert, or other event.
  • Shop for items online.

Find other ways to get around at www.EveryTripCounts.org

Combine Car Trips

Save time and gas by combining trips.

Sometimes you just need to drive.  It happens.  But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic
impact on our air.
Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands – put an errand bag or box in your vehicle, and fill it with reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Have you used our OzoMeter yet?  Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine
    errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

Combine Passengers on trips

Make new friends. 

That’s not the only advantage to carpooling/vanpooling.  There’s the gas savings, not having to find a parking space, access to HOV lanes, not to mention cleaner air. Visit WayToGo.org and EveryTripCounts.org for more information.

Take public transportation

Find a seat on a train, bus or light rail.

When it comes to easing traffic congestion and improving air quality, public transit is a powerhouse.  Even if it’s just twice a week, hop on board to get to work or use a train to get to downtown Denver for fun – you’ll be making a big difference.

Energize your ride

Electric vehicles (EV) are good for Colorado’s air.  
Thanks to incentives and the availability of charging stations around the Front Range,
owning an electric vehicle is much more simple than it once was.
Visit ChargeAheadColorado.com to see how EVs are better for your wallet and Colorado.

Take steps at home

Easy as one, two, three. 

Our air can benefit from small changes to your daily routine.  Use low VOC cleaners, paints and other products around the house, keep your lawn equipment well-maintained or switch to electric tools, and mow after 5 pm on hot, summer days when ground level ozone is at its peak.

Challenge yourself

Pick one.  Try ’em all. 

Want to go the extra mile to keep Colorado’s air clean?

  • Don’t let your car idle for more than 30 seconds, find out more at EnginesOff.com.
  • Fill up your gas tank in the evening when it’s cool.
  • Stop refueling when the nozzle clicks the first time.
  • Keep your car well-tuned and make sure tires have the right amount of air pressure.

Simple Steps

Preventing Ozone

Air quality along the Front Range and in Metro Denver does not currently meet federal standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But by taking a few simple steps, we all can play a part in improving the air we breathe.

Start with fewer car trips

Skip that car trip

Coloradans love the outdoors, so why not get out of your car? Replacing two vehicle trips each week by walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can keep 14 pounds of ozone-causing emissions out of our air each year. Skip the trip by:

  • Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
  • Walk, jog, or ride a bike to the gym.
  • Use public transit to get to a game, concert, or other event.
  • Shop for items online.

Find other ways to get around at www.EveryTripCounts.org.

Combine Car Trips

Save time and gas by combining trips

Sometimes you just need to drive. It happens. But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic impact on our air. Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands. You can even put an “errand bag” or have your kids decorate an errand box to keep in your vehicle. Fill it with items or reminders so you won’t forget anything while you’re out.
  • Have you used the OzoMeter yet? Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

Combining passengers on trips

Make new friends. 

That’s not the only advantage to carpooling/vanpooling.  There’s the gas savings, not having to find a parking space, access to HOV lanes, not to mention cleaner air. Visit WayToGo.org and EveryTripCounts.org for more information.

Take public transportation

Find a seat on a train, bus or light rail.

When it comes to easing traffic congestion and improving air quality, public transit is a powerhouse.  Even if it’s just twice a week, hop on board to get to work or use a train to get to downtown Denver for fun – you’ll be making a big difference.

Energize your ride

Electric vehicles (EV) are good for Colorado’s air.

Thanks to incentives and the availability of charging stations around the Front Range,
owning an electric vehicle is much more simple than it once was.
Visit ChargeAheadColorado.com to see how EVs are better for your wallet and Colorado.

Take steps at home

Easy as one, two, three. 

Our air can benefit from small changes to your daily routine. Use low VOC cleaners, paints and other products around the house, keep your lawn equipment well-maintained or switch to electric tools, and mow after 5 pm on hot, summer days when ground-level ozone is at its peak.

Challenge yourself

Pick one. Try ‘em all.

Want to go the extra mile to keep Colorado’s air clean?

  • Don’t let your car idle for more than 30 seconds. Find more at EnginesOff.com.
  • Fill up your gas tank in the evening when it’s cool.
  • Stop refueling when the nozzle clicks the first time.
  • Keep your car well-tuned and make sure tires have the right amount of air pressure.