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Drive Change to Reduce Air Pollution

The majority of air pollution comes from tailpipes. So when you choose to share the ride, you’re helping all of us breathe a little easier. At Georgia Commute Options, we’re helping you drive change to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by reducing the miles we drive alone.

When we talk about air quality, there are three main types of pollution you should know about:

  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOXs): 99% are man-made mostly from vehicle emissions, and the concentration becomes worse with stagnant traffic.
  • Particulate Matter/Particle Pollution: Microscopic particles in the air which come from vehicle emissions, trees, construction debris, forest fires and more.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Comes from anything that smells like aerosols, perfumes, etc., or are naturally occurring from pine trees. Also generated from paint, chemicals, solvents, and (you guessed it) vehicle emissions.

Pollution Soup

VOCs and NOXs + heat and sunlight = Ground Level Ozone

And when Ground Level Ozone is mixed with Particulate Matter, we get our dreaded foe: Smog.

Smog Alerts

We distribute Smog Alerts on days when there’s a forecast for air pollution to reach concentration levels of Code Orange or higher. Get Smog Alerts delivered right to your inbox by subscribing here.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) rates the concentration of any of five major pollutants measured by National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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