Air Quality

Location: Director: Hours: Contact:
Health Department
619 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS
66101
Rollin Sachs Monday - Friday
8:30AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-6700 F: E: Email
Public Education
 

The goal of the DAQ’s Public Education and Outreach program is to enhance our interaction with the community and industry in an effort to create awareness and generate interest about air quality, transform behaviors and habits and encourage voluntary air pollution reducing actions. Public Education and Outreach endeavors are listed below.

   

Clean Air Lawn Care

 

Clean Air Lawn Care (CALC) is a concept of using certain techniques and practices to minimize air pollution when performing lawn and garden maintenance. By changing the way that you mow your lawn or converting some of your turf grass to green space, you can reduce air pollution and save yourself time and money. Make CALCulated choices when performing lawn and garden maintenance.

 

Lawn Mowing Ideas:

 

Landscaping Ideas:

  • Convert turf grass to green space

  • Plant native grasses and forbs:

    • Several turf graswere converted to native prairie by planting the following native grasses and forbs: (grasses) big bluestem, Indian s areas grass, switch grass, little bluestem, prairie dropseed, purpletop, buffalo grass, side oats grama, blue grama, purple love grass, (forbs) red sage, prairie blazing star, blue false indigo, white false indigo, purple coneflower, pale purple coneflower, black eyed susan, blue lobelia, lead plant and butterfly milkweed. The Kansas Native Plant Society has chosen the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ KCK - Department of Air Rachel Snyder AwardQuality's Clean Air Lawn Care Project to receive the Rachael Snyder Memorial Landscape Award at the 2007 KNPS Annual Meeting in Hutchinson, KS. ..More

  • Plant ground cover

  • Plant trees and shrubs

  • Build rock gardens, water gardens, patios and decks

 

CALCulate the amount of air pollution that you generate when you mow and trim your yard. For every hour you spend mowing and trimming you create the following amounts of air pollution:

 
Pollutant Mowing (lbs.) Trimming (lbs.)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) 4.05 2.3
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) 4.4 3.3
Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) 0.004 0.002
Particulate Matter (PM) 0.013 0.006
Volatile Organic Carbons (VOC) 0.39 0.78

 

Clean Commute

 

UG Clean Commute is a program that provides UG employees a no cost opportunity to use a Trek Hybrid bicycle for commuting, short trips, errands and even personal use. As part of the Clean Commute program, the UG received three Trek hybrid bicycles for UG employees to use as alternative transportation.

To reserve a bicycle call (913) 573-6700


   

Climate Change

 

Reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Carbon Footprint Calculator will give your organization a way to measure your sustainability plan for the future.

Several things to do to reduce pollution, save our environment, and save money:

 

Change a Light:

If every American home replaced just one light bulb or fixture with an ENERGY STAR, every year we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes, more than $600 million in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

 

Use Less Hot Water:

A lot of energy is used to heat water. By installing low flow shower heads and faucets, using cold or warm water to do laundry, running the dishwasher only when full and turning the water heater setting down, you can reduce energy usage and save money.

 

Adjust Your Thermostat:

Moving your thermostat down by (2) degrees in winter and up by (2) degrees in summer would save about 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

 

Plant a Tree:

A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. If located on the south and west side of your home, a deciduous tree will help cool your home in the summer with shade.

 

Conserve Energy:

Turn off electronic devices (televisions, DVD player, stereo, computers, etc.) when you are not using them and save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

 

Buy Local:

Shipping products to retail stores consumes large amounts of fuel and energy. Buying local products from close to home is sustainable in several ways. Also try to avoid products with a lot of packaging to reduce what goes to our landfills.

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Indoor Air

 

The DAQ provides indoor air quality information to citizens in Wyandotte County. The State of Kansas and EPA currently have no “standards of care” for residential indoor air quality nor have threshold levels of exposure to common indoor pollutants been established to protect public health.

Pollution standards exist for outside air, for the workplace, and public buildings; however, very few states have developed standards for pollution levels in the home.

Indoor air pollution is the result of both man- made materials and biological materials which are released or produced in or near the home. Common pollutants found in homes are (VOC’s) volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, particulates, radon, lead, asbestos, biologicals such as mold spores, and a combination of gases and by- products. These pollutants come from a variety of sources such as: household cleaning products, wood and fuels which are burned, building materials and remodeling products, furnishings, paint, paint strippers, pesticides, the soil under the house, human activity, wet conditions that promote mold growth and our pets.

Clean air is a precious commodity both inside and outside. For a long time now we have been concerned about the air outside, however, Americans now spend the majority of their time indoors. Unfortunately the air inside our homes may be more polluted and dangerous than the air outside. Citizens need to know what those pollutants are and how to reduce their levels inside their homes. Indoor air problems can be annoying and unpleasant, create discomfort or lead to health problems or even death. While a single pollutant at a low level may not be a health risk, some homes have multiple sources which contribute to indoor air pollution. Some health effects from poor indoor air quality may be experienced immediately, others require long term exposure. Some health effects disappear after removing the person from the source of the pollution.

Common health effects of poor indoor air quality include: eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, asthma, upper respiratory infections and cancer. There is considerable controversy regarding what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. People react differently due to sensitivity, age and medical conditions. Fortunately there are ways to control or eliminate these pollutants at relatively low cost. These measures can help you achieve a healthy house.

More Information:

The Environmental Protection Agency
DAQ: (913) 573-6700