Clean Air Partners celebrates 20th anniversary

Jun 20, 2017
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2017 Best in Air Awards (Clean Air Partners)

Clean Air Partners is celebrating 20 years of educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about the health risks associated with poor air quality and the impact of everyday actions on the environment.

“There have been significant improvements to our region’s air quality during Clean Air Partners’ tenure," said Clean Air Partners Board Chair Brian O’Malley, CEO of Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. “We are grateful to businesses and individuals alike for their tremendous commitment to changing the way we view our everyday choices." 

This milestone was celebrated at the organization's annual Best In Air Awards in May. Pollinator Partnership's Tom Van Arsdall and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh joined O'Malley to recognize area organizations for their exemplary commitment to decreasing air pollution and protecting public health in the region.

Best In Air Award winners were selected by public voting from a group of nearly 20 organizations up for nomination. Winners included:

  • Grid Alternatives named “Champion” for outstanding leadership, vision, and contribution with a lasting impact on the region’s air quality.
  • COPD Foundation named “Most Valuable Partner (MVP)” for significant efforts promoting easy ways to reduce air pollution.
  • Lyft named “Trendsetter” for exemplary efforts through innovative programs to improve air quality.

Area middle and high school students were also presented On the Air education awards for demonstrating outstanding creativity in Clean Air Partners' slogan and poster contests.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Baltimore Metropolitan Council created the partnership in 1997 to complement efforts to meet federal air quality standards. 

MORE: Full list of Clean Air Partners award winners

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