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Air Quality in Your Community - North Charleston

Air Quality in Your Community - North Charleston - Working Together

A community is made up of families, schools, places of worship, neighborhoods, businesses and industries. Individuals can do small things to improve the air in their community. Many communities have developed relationships with nearby business and industries to learn more about air quality issues and improve their local air quality. Regionally, communities are working together to create a better environment for everyone.


There are many ways you can help improve the air quality in North Charleston. The way you drive, the products you use, and the amount of energy you consume all contribute to your air quality.

Lawn Mower Exchange mower

In 2009 and 2010, local Charleston area sponsors and DHEC organized several Lawn Mower Exchanges. They offered citizens a chance to donate their gas-powered lawn mower in exchange for a new electric lawn mower. Together we gathered over 180 gas-powered lawnmowers and sold over 150 electric mowers.

The goal of a lawn mower exchange is to inform citizens about the emissions from gas-powered mowers, remove older gas-powered mowers from service, and offer more environmentally-friendly alternatives such as electric mowers. Electric lawn mowers produce zero emissions from their engines. This is a great way for you to help "Spare the Air!" For information on the next scheduled lawn-mower exchange in Charleston, visit the "Mow Down Pollution" webpage.

B2 Logo

Does your school participate in Breathe Better (B2), an anti-idling/clean air campaign? This program helps reduce idling that frequently occurs during student drop-off and pick-up. This program also demonstrates how to reduce air pollution by planting trees and gardens around schools and starting recycling programs. Several Charleston area schools already participate in the program and we look forward to partnering with many more schools soon! For more information or if you are interested in starting a B2 program at your school, please contact Debra Briggs-Monroe by phone at (803) 898-3752 or by email.

North Charleston Air Monitoring Workgroup

The planned redevelopment of the old Naval Base, specifically the planned port expansion, has raised community concerns about air quality in the Charleston Neck area. In cooperation with local communities, DHEC conducted a study to monitor the area's air quality before, during and after the expected changes.

As part of the study, local and concerned citizens, city officials, and DHEC staff worked together to determine the best location for a permanent air monitor. They decided to place temporary monitors in Union Heights, Accabee, Chicora, and Howard Heights for about four months, starting in August 2008.

The workgroup has successfully established and built relationships throughout the community and with DHEC. They continue to meet to remain up-to-date on the air quality in the Charleston Neck area and discuss future studies. Information about the air quality history, the study design and periodic updates of the study progress is found on the Charleston Neck Area Air Monitoring Study webpage.

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) This document describes the agreement between DHEC and SCPA for continued environmental stewardship and recognizes the importance of clean and healthy air for the communities in the Charleston area.

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. If you are have any questions about its activities, please call the Charleston Regional Office at (843) 953-0150 or contact Randy Cook by email.

Current members

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government's Clean Air Coalition

The purpose of the Coalition is to look for ways to improve air quality in the area to help the area continue to meet the NAAQS and to share information on activities in the area that improve air quality. Visit the Air Quality in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Region webpage for more information.

Local Awards and Recognition

DHEC offers several award and recognition programs for those groups and individuals that are making a difference and improving air quality in their community.

Additional Resources

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.