Take action to protect our region’s clean air air and the climate- it’s easier than you think!

Reduce Fossil Fuel Emissions

1. Drive less (or not at all). Choose to walk, cycle or take the bus instead of taking a car. If you must drive, carpool and try to bundle trips.

2. Never idle your vehicle. Upon parking, immediately turn off your engine. You don’t need to warm up your vehicle by idling either- driving slowly is the best way to warm up your car.

3. Get regular tune-ups to ensure your vehicle is in proper working order and the tire pressure is correct.

4. Drive the speed limit and avoid sudden starts and stops, which cause your vehicle to burn more fuel.

5. Eliminate or reduce the number of gas powered items your household owns or uses.

6. Reduce your household energy consumption by turning off lights and electronics, and unplugging appliances when not in use.  Explore renewable energy options for your home and work.

7. Consider purchasing carbon offsets for unavoidable air travel and to offset the part of your carbon footprint that you can’t reduce. Check out:

Reduce Emissions from Burning

1. If you must burn wood as a source of heat, ensure it has been properly seasoned and the moisture content is 20% or less. This means drying your wood for at least 6 months prior to burning it.

2. Use a woodstove that is EPA certified and has low emissions. Keep it clean and in proper working order.

3. Never burn garbage, plastics, tires or drift wood (which contains chloride that releases dioxin – a hazardous pollutant-when burned).

4. If burning outdoors, ensure weather conditions are suitable by checking the BC Venting Index. Also make sure the wood being burned is clean and dry and you are following all applicable regulations (provincial and local). See Regulations page for more information.

Consume Less and Reduce Waste

1. Consume less. Doing so will virtually eliminate the emissions associated with resource extraction, manufacturing, transporting, packaging and disposal of the foregone good. Check out: Story of Stuff

2. Repair the items you do own, instead of discarding and purchasing a replacement. You’ll save the methane and other emissions that result from landfilling.

3. Sort your waste. Recycling and composting are excellent ways of reducing air contaminants and greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Eat less (or no) meat. Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food. Read more:

5. Avoid products that have high levels of VOC’s, benzenes and other toxic pollutants. These include: paints, solvents, chemical cleaning agents, printing ink, hair spray, aerosol deodorant, “air freshener” sprays, candles and incense. Choose eco-friendly options instead.

Be An Advocate for Clean Air and a Healthy Climate

1. Stay informed. New developments that have air quality and climate change implications typically offer opportunities for public participation at open houses as well as provide comment periods through the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

2. Write letters to your local MP and newspaper that champion clean air actions.

3. Become a member of the Sea to Sky Clean Air Society!