Clean Air Awareness Month Celebration – Arlington Public Schools

May 1, 2017 @ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22201
Jessica Haney and Amy Thomas

The Environmental Health & Asthma Subcommittee (EHAS) of the APS School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is pleased to lead the Arlington community in a celebration of Clean Air Awareness Month.

We are organizing a Clean Air Challenge for APS students to create Public Service Announcements that encourage people to take steps toward cleaner air.

Join us on the first day of Clean Air Awareness Month and Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month to

  • recognize the Clean Air Challenge participants & showcase some of their work
  • provide education and inspiration on the topic of clean air and children’s health
  • connect community members for further collaboration

Learn, share and engage in the hopes of creating a world in which we can all breathe easier.

RSVPs are not necessary, but if you are on Facebook, please do indicate if you plan to come, and please share the event!


Arlington gets an “F” for its air quality from the American Lung Association.

  • Children are harmed more by pollution than adults.
  • Asthma rates among Arlington Public School children have increased in recent years at a faster pace than the APS population has increased.
  • ​With 25,000 students in APS, Arlington families can play a significant role in improving our air quality and supporting children’s health.
  • A 2016 survey by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment found that vehicle idling was a significant concern among Arlington parents.

Agenda (Subject to change)
4:15: Doors open
View PSAs, meet exhibitors, learn how to get involved in local health and environmental initiatives. Young children can color or listen to the story, I Have Asthma, What Does That Mean? read by librarian Mariela Aguilar

4:30: Welcoming remarks by Environmental Health and Asthma Subcommittee co-chairs Jessica Haney and Amy Thomas

4:35: Remarks by experts on health and the environment including School Health’s Dr. Sam Stebbins, Arlington Transportation Partners’ Elizabeth Denton, Elenor Hodges of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Arlington County Board member Katie Cristol

4:55: Movement Break
5:00: Recognition of students who participated in Clean Air Challenge with Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy

5:15: Movement Break
5:20: Closing remarks
followed by informal discussion & networking

5:45: Event ends


EHAS appreciates the support of our partners:

​To inquire about being a partner, please email

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