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Bay Area Governments
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Bay Conservation and Development Commission Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Preserving the Bay Area's quality
of life through collaborative planning

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Spare the Air

This Air District program educates Bay Area residents about air pollution and encourages them to change their behavior to improve air quality.

Spare the Air Youth

This regional program aims to educate, inspire and empower youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area to walk, bicycle, carpool and take transit.

Few environmental issues have as direct an impact on the health of our communities as air quality. Bad air days don’t just make for hazy skies and poor visibility, they can trigger asthma attacks,  other respiratory problems and even heart attacks, resulting in increased medical costs and lost days from school or work. That’s why the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has worked for decades to improve air quality by reducing pollution from both stationary  and mobile  sources, such as refineries, factories and vehicles.

The Air District Board of Directors adopted the the latest Bay Area 2010 Clean Air Plan on September 15, 2010, with the goal of improving Bay Area air quality and protecting public health. The plan is updated periodically.  The 2010 Plan defines a pollution control strategy that the Air District and its partners are implementing to:

  • Reduce emissions and decrease ambient concentrations of harmful pollutants
  • Safeguard public health by reducing exposure to air pollutants that pose the greatest health risk, with an emphasis on protecting the communities most heavily impacted by air pollution
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to protect the climate

The Clean Air Plan addresses four categories of pollutants:

  1. Ground-level ozone and its key precursors
  2. Particulate matter
  3. Air toxics
  4. Greenhouse gases

 For more information about the Bay Area 2010 Clean Air Plan, click here.