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Participants have already logged over 27,000 alternative vehicle miles. With almost every other day being a high ozone day this summer, your efforts make a difference!
Encouraging your coworkers and employees to leave their cars at home one or more days a week during the high ozone months of summer reduces ground-level ozone and greenhouse gas emissions. Participants can win prizes too!

• Grand prize: $500 gift card
• Runner-up prizes: $100 REI gift cards
• Prize eligibility just for participating
Log in to the challenge and make sure you log all of your trips for July and August!
Why does ozone matter?
Unlike the good, protective ozone layer in the stratosphere, ground-level ozone is a harmful air pollutant that affects all of us. It’s formed when emissions from everyday items combine with other pollutants and “cook” in the heat and sunlight. Sources of such emissions include local industry; gasoline-powered vehicles and lawn equipment; and household paints, stains, and solvents. Weather plays a key role in ozone formation. The highest ozone levels are usually recorded in summer months when temperatures approach the high 80s and 90s, and the wind is stagnant or light.
At ground level, ozone is a health hazard for everybody, especially the young and elderly. Those who are active and exercising outdoors may experience breathing difficulties and eye irritation. Prolonged exposure may result in reduced resistance to lung infections and colds. Ozone can also trigger attacks and symptoms in individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, or other respiratory diseases, like chronic bronchitis and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
Email ghoefler@bouldercounty.org if you have questions about the challenge.
Keep up the great work!
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You already know about PACE’s services for businesses, but did you know that Boulder County also offers residential energy efficiency and sustainable transportation programs for residents?
PACE has partnered with residential EnergySmart and Boulder County Transportation Department’s Mobility for All Program to put together a 15-minute presentation on how your employees can save money on home energy and transportation costs while improving sustainability. Like our recycling and compost trainings, we can present at your regularly scheduled staff meetings which can lead to:

• Cost savings on utilities and improved housing and transportation affordability
• Increased commitment to sustainability
• Greater job satisfaction
Would you like to schedule a presentation or would you like to learn more about it? Please contact PACE advisors at 303-786-PACE for more information.
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Amid this summer’s highs and lows, local government and business leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement in light of the federal government’s promised withdrawal. Some have independent resolutions, while others have declared their commitment through We Are Still In, an open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, and business leaders that support action on climate change.
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Business leaders are stepping forward. At least 25 companies in Boulder alone (including many Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Partners) have signed on to the letter, which is still open for signing at wearestillin.com.
The Boulder County Board of County Commissioners issued a written resolution, and the accompanying presentation highlights some new fascinating data about economic costs that Boulder County faces due to climate change impacts (full web stream video; starts at 10 minutes, 15 seconds).
The City Of Boulder reaffirmed its climate commitments through Climate Mayors, a network working towards binding commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The City of Boulder also signed on to We Are Still In. The City of Longmont, which adopted its Sustainability Plan in November, also appears on We Are Still In, as does the Town of Lyons, whose Environmental Sustainability Action Plan was already in the works before the 2013 flooding that devastated that community and deeply affected Boulder County. The City of Louisville's City Council advanced its commitment to a healthy and sustainable community by voting in July of 2017 to adopt Resolution 34-2017 in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. The City of Lafayette passed a Climate Bill of Rights ordinance in March of 2017. The Town of Nederland is a signatory to the 2007-06 U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
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Clean Air Challenge
July 1 – August 31
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Reduce ground-level ozone and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging your employees to leave their cars at home one or more days a week during the high ozone months of July and August.
Compete with other companies, and your employees could win!
  • Grand prize: $500 gift card
  • Runner-up prizes: $100 REI gift cards
  • Prize eligibility just for participating
Register today at BoulderCountyAir.org.
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Restaurant owners...do you have a grease bin out back? Do you know if it’s leaking or full? A leaking bin or spilled grease is considered an “illegal discharge” since the grease can be carried to a storm drain and eventually to a creek or river during the next rain storm. Any materials spilled onto parking lots, alleys, or streets can run off into the water supply. Your local municipality has a stormwater ordinance and could issue you a violation and a fine for illegal discharges.
To get the best preparation for yourself and your employees, sign up for a FREE training on September 28 at the Boulder County Recycling Center.Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered about impacts on water quality and to become certified in stormwater pollution prevention to ensure compliance with local stormwater regulations.
These photos show poorly maintained grease storage bins and illegal spills on the pavement right here in Boulder County.
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Things you should do to prevent spills and leaks:

• Keep outdoor areas free from trash, dirt, litter, grease, food spills, and debris.
• Check the grease/tallow bin daily and after it’s been emptied. Contact the grease hauler if the bin is full or nearly full.
• Grease bins or containers stored outside must have a secure cover/lid and secondary containment around the bin or open container.
• If a spill does occur, control, contain, and clean it up immediately using dry cleanup practices, such as sweeping, using absorbents, and spot-scrubbing stains.
• Clean up and dispose of dirty absorbent materials properly.
• Never hose down a spill or debris!
• Keep lids closed on dumpsters and recycle containers. Make sure that dumpsters do not leak. Do not place liquids in your dumpster unless they are contained.
• If a spill reaches the storm drain system, notify your local municipality or call 911.
PACE is always here to help. Please contact PACE advisors at 303-786-PACE for a free onsite meeting at your location.
Posted: August 2017