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Education and Outreach Services

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.

Local and State
U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
Other Federal Resources
Be Car Care Aware! Taking an active role in maintaining your vehicle is best way to avoid costly repairs down the road. Learn the best ways to take proper care of your car, improving fuel efficiency and air quality.
Established in May 2006, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school and to implement safe and successful strategies.

South Carolina Safe Routes to School Program (SCDOT)
South Carolina Green Steps Schools is an environmental education initiative that encourages individual schools in South Carolina to take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.

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."
If you live in the Newberry/Chapin or Camden/Lugoff area and work in Columbia, you can take advantage of SmartRide. For just a few dollars a day you can sit back, save money, enjoy the ride, and help the environment.
The SC511 Travel Information Service, provided by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, is a voice-activated phone system and website that provides real-time traffic and travel information to travelers statewide.

Using this website can enable drivers to customize their daily commute, reduce traffic, and save time and money.
"The Air We Breathe" campaign is a collaborative effort to reduce ground-level ozone and other forms of air pollution in Spartanburg County.
Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition (PSCFC) is part of the Clean Cities program and one of 88 designated coalitions in the United States. PSCFC and its stakeholders are committed to building an alternative fuels market in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Environmental Excellence Awards Program (SCEEP) is a voluntary program for companies committed to continuous environmental improvement in order to protect and preserve South Carolina's environment. It encourages companies to become environmental leaders by making voluntary commitments to promote and practice pollution prevention, energy and other resource conservation, and to strive for continuous environmental improvement.

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.

South Carolina Department of Transportation has compiled a list of public transportation providers in South Carolina. Leave your car at home and use one today!

North Charleston Air Quality Partnership This partnership has been formed to help improve air quality and raise awareness of air pollution issues in the Charleston area.

Climate Protection Action Campaign (CPAC) is a volunteer group established by the City of Columbia for the purpose of identifying measures that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases. The committee's initial focus has been internal to City government. As a future focus, the committee will identify community outreach and education programs to encourage others to take action to live "greener."

Greenville County has information that outlines the effects of Air Pollution and some local ordinances concerning their commitment to air quality.

EPA has developed AIRNow to provide current regional and national forecast information on ozone and particle pollution concentrations and information for all walks of life; children, students, adults, professionals, and senior citizens.

Look for more information in 'Air Quality Basics', 'Health', and the 'Learning Center'.
A great feature of the AIRNow website is the Enviroflash program. It provides up-to-date information on air pollutant levels in your area, emailed to you, allowing you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the EPA and DHEC - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!
Climate for Action motivates others to engage in activities to address climate change and reduce its effects on children's health. Because children's bodies are still developing and they interact differently with their environment, they suffer more than adults from the health effects of some environmental hazards. Changes in climate could increase some of those hazards. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will create a healthier environment where children live, learn, and play.
Climate and Energy State and Local Program assists state and local governments to develop clean energy policies and programs, which can reduce energy costs and improve air quality and public health. EPA provides state and local governments with and advises them on proven, cost-effective best practices, peer exchange opportunities, and analytical tools. Clean energy can also spur local economic development, improve public health and quality of life, and help communities meet sustainability and green building goals—all while providing opportunities for leadership and recognition.
Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public-health organizations. School buses are the safest way for children to get to school. However, pollution from older diesel vehicles has health implications for everyone, especially children. By working together, we can reduce pollution from public school buses -- making sure that school buses are also a clean way for children to get to school.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

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.
Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging is a guidebook is intended for older adults who are interested in how our communities work and how we might help them become more 'age-friendly.'

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.
The next International Walk to School Day this year is on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Be counted among the millions of International Walk to School participants this year. When children decide to lace-up their sneakers to walk, or strap on their bike helmets to pedal to school instead of riding in a car, they reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles.
The Centers for Disease Control:  Air Pollution & Respiratory Health Resources has useful information and FAQs about asthma and indoor/outdoor air pollution from federal, state, and private resources.

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.