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Reducing Air Pollution at Home, at Work and in Between

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Transcript of Reducing Air Pollution at Home, at Work and in Between

Presented by Jennifer Harvey
October 20, 2015

Reducing Air Pollution at Home, at Work and in Between
Agenda
What are common air pollutants?
Why are air pollutants undesirable?
How clean is the air in Sudbury?
How can I make a difference?
Common Air Pollutants
Sulphur Dioxide

Nitrogen Oxides

Carbon Monoxide

Particulate Matter

Volatile Organic Compounds
Sulphur Dioxide
Sources: oil and gas industry, fuel for electricity and heating, smelters and refineries, volcanic activity, etc.
Nitrogen Oxides
Impacts of Air Pollution
Sources: transportation (road, rail, air and marine), oil and gas industry, off road vehicles and fuel for electricity and heating
Nitrogen Oxide Emissions in Canada, 1990 - 2013
Sulphur Oxide Emissions in Canada, 1990 - 2013
Carbon Monoxide
Sources: transportation (road, rail, air, marine), off-road vehicles, industry and home firewood burning
Carbon Monoxide Emissions in Canada, 1990 - 2013
Particulate Matter
There are two types of particulate matter: PM10 (respirable particulate matter) and PM2.5 (fine particulate matter).

Sources: firewood burning, transportation, off-road vehicles, incineration
Total Particulate Matter Emissions in Canada, 1990 - 2013
Volatile Organic Compounds
How can we make
a difference?

Thank you!
Any questions?

At Home
At Work
...and in between...
At Home
Reduce energy
consumption
Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or fluorescent bulbs
Turn off electronics and lights when not in use
Buy energy efficient appliances and products
Update insulation for doors and windows
Update insulation in walls, basement and attic
Buy a smart thermostat and tankless water heater
At Home
Reduce the use of your gas lawnmower or try a push mower
Hang clothes up to dry
Turn down heat at night
Reduce recreational fires
Sources: Oil and gas industry, paints and solvents, agriculture, home firewood burning and transportation
Volatile Organic Compound Emissions in Canada, 1990 - 2013
How does Sudbury's Air Quality Compare?
Ozone and PM2.5 CAAQS Metric Values for Designated Sites Across Ontario
Source: Air Quality in Ontario Report 2013. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
At Work
Participate in 'bike to work' days or the National Commuter Challenge
Turn the lights and your computer off after work
... and in between...
Carpool, walk, cycle or take public transit
Idling gets you no where! Avoid drive throughs!
Talk to your employer about energy efficiency programs for businesses (saveONenergy, peaksaver programs, etc.)
Actively look for opportunities to save energy.
Create a 'green team' to organize environmental activities and programs
Work from home or telecommute
Host remote meetings through video conferencing
Next time you purchase a vehicle, look for one that is fuel efficient, or even a hybrid!
Look for car sharing opportunities
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