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Spare the Air Awards

2017 Nomination Period Open Dec. 1, 2016 – February 1, 2017

Have you worked on a voluntary initiative or idea in 2016 that helps improve
air quality in South Carolina? Apply for the Spare the Air Awards for a chance
to be recognized by the state for your work! Entries must be received by
February 1, 2017. Apply here.

2016 Spare The Air Winner Announced

Congratulations to D. W. Daniel High School's environmental science class on receiving the 2016 Spare the Air Outstanding School Award! Students in the AP environment science class organized a tire "inflation station" to educate classmates about how proper tire inflation can improve mileage and reduce toxic emissions. They also collected data on emissions from idling cars in the student pick-up lot and worked to educate drivers on the environmental benefits of not idling. Way to go, D.W. Daniel High School! Read More

About The Awards

Clean, healthy air is an important natural resource that benefits everyone. The Spare The Air Awards celebrate companies, groups, communities, schools, local governments and individuals who have made a voluntary contribution to the improvement of air quality in South Carolina.  


  • Outstanding Business / Industry
  • Outstanding Employee(s)
  • Outstanding Local Government
  • Outstanding School or District
  • Outstanding College or University
  • Outstanding Community

Through partnerships and collaboration, excellent work is being done across the state to collectively and continuously improve air quality in South Carolina through practices such as energy conservation, adopting air-healthy habits, education and more. This award recognizes this work with the goals of:

  • Promoting a healthier environment through air quality initiatives that are sustainable and replicable.
  • Educating, building awareness and motivating others to make better decisions about the environment through air quality improvements.
  • Encouraging positive behavioral changes that improve air quality.
  • Strengthening and building partnerships to improve air quality in South Carolina.

Read about past winners.