Programs & Partnerships
We have developed different programs and established partnerships to reach many different groups of South Carolina citizens. We use these programs and partnerships to raise awareness, encourage behavioral changes, and identify sample policies and ordinances to help improve air quality.
Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sonoco Recycling, and DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling established Green Steps Schools in 2003 as part of South Carolina's "Resource Conservation Challenge."
Using this website can enable drivers to customize their daily commute, reduce traffic, and save time and money.
Membership benefits include public recognition, use of the SCEEP logo, participation on the Environmental Excellence Council, and opportunities to work with regulators on innovative regulatory initiatives.
Look for more information in 'Air Quality Basics', 'Health', and the 'Learning Center'.
Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.
Age-friendly communities use Smart Growth principles (development that improves the community, environment, economy, and public health) to become healthier places to grow old in — and better places for people of all ages.
School Flag Program (AIRNow)
The School Flag Program helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions using brightly colored flags. Each day, a flag is raised in front of participating schools that signals the level of air pollution for that day. By comparing the colored flags to the Air Quality Index (AQI), members of the school and the surrounding community can tell what the daily air quality is, and adjust their activities to reduce their exposure to air pollution.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.