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Triangle Air Awareness Hosting 2013 End of Ozone Forecast Season Luncheon


September 5, 2013

Triangle Air AwarenessResearch Triangle Region, N.C. — The Triangle Air Awareness 2013 End of Ozone Forecast Season Luncheon will be held October 11, 2013, at the Research Triangle Park Foundation, 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, N.C.  This year’s speaker is Richard D. Rosen, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Climate Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Dr. Rosen will address how NOAA is working to advance climate science and services for the United States.

“Our Ozone Forecast Season events have grown in popularity over the last few years and provide opportunities for learning and networking,” said Elaine Loyack, Program Coordinator of Triangle Air Awareness.  Shelly Parker, Sustainable Travel Services Supervisor for Triangle Transit, agrees.  “GoTriangle’s presence at Triangle Air Awareness events gives the public a face to what we do from a commute standpoint and ties into the goals we have in trip reduction – improving air quality. There is a natural crossover with both of our missions and that type of cohesion is priceless.”

The annual event also recognizes state and local television meteorologists with its We Couldn’t Do It Without You Award for reporting air quality forecasts through ozone season.  Loyack notes, “This is an especially fun event because of the brushes with celebrities our guests experience!”

Ground-level ozone is one of the primary pollutants affecting air quality, and its levels usually are  highest between April 1 and October 31in North Carolina.  “We’re fortunate that our ozone levels have dropped in the Research Triangle Region, thanks to the work of our state Division of Air Quality, the cooperation of industry, and the efforts made by residents to reduce their contributions to air pollution,” said Loyack.  “This is great news for the health of our residents and the economy.”

The 2013 End of Ozone Forecast Season Luncheon is a free event.  For more information or to register for the event, visit:  www.triangleairawareness.org.

About Triangle Air Awareness
Triangle Air Awareness is a free public/private partnership between the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP).  It provides leadership to: reduce air pollution; educate businesses, organizations, students, and individuals about the importance of air quality; and increase awareness about how residents can protect their health on bad air quality days.  To do so, it works through its Business Coalition, schools, to which it provides an air quality education curriculum for grades K-5.  The program serves 13 counties, including Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren.

Contact:
Elaine Loyack
Triangle Air Awareness
elaine.loyack@ncdenr.gov

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