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Clean Air Make More App Launches

September 12, 2012 [PHOENIX] - The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has launched the Clean Air Make More mobile application, which provides air quality forecasts, air quality restrictions, and the ability to report an air quality problem.  The app is free to download and is available in the Apple app store and Google Play, as well as at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com/app.

Recognizing that many Maricopa County residents typically spend more time on their smartphones and tablets than any other device – a 2012 Google study* found more consumers use a mobile phone than any other device – the Air Quality Department developed the Clean Air Make More app to provide a resource where residents can readily access real-time information about the air they breathe.

“The Clean Air Make More app is the county’s first mobile app, and this technology makes it easier for customers to do business with the Air Quality Department. It’s also a great way for all county citizens to educate themselves about the air we breathe,” said Maricopa County Manager Tom Manos.

“Awareness of air quality restrictions and information is important to all of us,” said Bill Wiley, director of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. “This mobile app enhances our ability to give you the information you need to protect your health.”

Eric Massey, air quality division director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, adds “The Clean Air Make More app allows users to have instantaneous access to the most up-to-date forecast information, while serving as a reliable resource on current air quality restrictions.”

The Clean Air Make More app features:

  • Air quality forecast for three days, including ozone, carbon monoxide, PM-10 and PM 2.5 levels
  • Air quality index levels (good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy and hazardous) and definitions
  • Air quality restrictions (wood burning, leaf blower use, off-road vehicle use)
  • “Report a violation” option, similar to what is found on CleanAirMakeMore.com, where users can report an air quality violation or a smoking vehicle
  • Additional ways to stay in touch with the Air Quality Department for news, tips and other ways to improve air quality: www.CleanAirMakeMore.com, Facebook and Twitter

The Clean Air Make More app is free to download and use and is available for from iTunes for iPhone and iPad and from Google Play for Android. To learn more about the Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Clean Air Make More initiative, visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com.

 

*2012 Google study data available at: http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/insights/library/studies/trends-in-digital-device-and-internet-usage-2012/

 

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WHO’S WHO?

 

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act. The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website.  Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.

CONTACT: Lucette Gonzalez – (602) 506-7396 desk / (602) 376-9390 cell

 

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality [ADEQ] provides a daily forecast for air quality. When conditions exist, ADEQ will issue high pollution advisories or health watches.  Daily air quality forecasts are on ADEQ’s website at www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/ensemble.pdf  or by calling (602)771-2367. Those interested in receiving the air quality forecast via email can subscribe to

ADEQ’s forecast list at www.azdeq.gov/subscribe.html and text alerts at www.azdeq.gov/sms.html

CONTACT: Mark Shaffer – (602) 771-2215 desk / (480) 433-9551 cell

 

About Clean Air Make More

Clean Air Make More is an educational outreach initiative created to inform Maricopa County residents about air pollution challenges we face in the county and provide them with the tools they need to take action. Created by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department and funded through fines collected from air quality violations, the primary focus of Clean Air Make More is to reduce the number of days this region exceeds the federal health standard for air pollution. This site will provide you with information on the air quality forecast, current restrictions, no burn day restrictions, air quality news, upcoming events and ways to reduce air pollution. For more information visit the website at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com, or to download the app visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com/app.

 

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