The Knozone program is part of an initiative to make Indianapolis and surrounding areas one of the Midwest’s most sustainable places to live. Through educational programming and a call to action, the Knozone program works with residents, businesses and others to improve central Indiana’s air quality, making it a great area in which to live and work.

“Clean air helps make Indianapolis a good place to do business and ensures a healthy environment for all residents. Clean air is crucial to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable, livable cities in the Midwest. At work, at home, at play — Do your part everyday towards cleaner air!” – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

Knozone Action days are days that have been identified as having the liklihood of a reduction in air quality. Certain factors, such as humidity and heat, are beyond our control. Other factors, such as air pollution and the emission of harmful fumes ARE within our ability to control. That is why on Knozone action days, citizens are asked to be mindful and behave in ways to mitigate our contribution to poor air quality conditions.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Air Quality in Central Indiana?

According to our friends at Sustain Indy, poor air quality affects residents of all ages, races, and economic classes. In central Indiana, there are nearly 25,000 people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema. People with these lung diseases face greater risk from ozone and particular pollution. Such people may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, asthma attacks, and increased dependence on medication for relief of symptoms.

Nearly 270,000 people live with cardiovascular disease or diabetes in the central Indiana area. Particle pollution can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes for this population. 

The elderly (age 65 & older) and children and teens are also negatively impacted by poor air quality. Older adults are more susceptible to the assault from dirty air. Children’s and teens’ lungs are not fully developed and may be harmed by air pollution. 

So How Can You Help? 

While many of these practices are good any day, especially on Knozone ACtion days, citizens are encouraged to take these measures to help improve air quality in our Central Indiana communities:

  • Bring your lunch to work instead of driving somewhere.
  • If you do go to a restaurant or coffee shop, avoid the drive-thru. Avoid letting your vehicle idle, which produces more pollution.
  • Consider using public transportaion if possible.
  • Ride your bike or walk to work, the store, wherever you can.
  • Carpool!
  • Leave a little early to avoid rush hour — cars sitting idle in traffic add more contamination to the air.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Do not burn trash or leaves.
  • Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank after 6:00 p.m. or if possible, avoid having to purchase gas on these days.
  • If you must mow your lawn on a Knozone Action day, do so after 6:00 p.m.

Together, we can make a difference!

Do You “Kno” What to Do?

The Knozone program is part of an initiative to make Indianapolis and surrounding areas one of the Midwest’s most sustainable places to live. Through educational programming and a call to action, the Knozone program works with residents, businesses and others to improve central Indiana’s air quality, making it a great area in which to live and work.

“Clean air helps make Indianapolis a good place to do business and ensures a healthy environment for all residents. Clean air is crucial to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable, livable cities in the Midwest. At work, at home, at play — Do your part everyday towards cleaner air!” – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

Knozone Action days are days that have been identified as having the liklihood of a reduction in air quality. Certain factors, such as humidity and heat, are beyond our control. Other factors, such as air pollution and the emission of harmful fumes ARE within our ability to control. That is why on Knozone action days, citizens are asked to be mindful and behave in ways to mitigate our contribution to poor air quality conditions.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Air Quality in Central Indiana?

According to our friends at Sustain Indy, poor air quality affects residents of all ages, races, and economic classes. In central Indiana, there are nearly 25,000 people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema. People with these lung diseases face greater risk from ozone and particular pollution. Such people may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, asthma attacks, and increased dependence on medication for relief of symptoms.

Nearly 270,000 people live with cardiovascular disease or diabetes in the central Indiana area. Particle pollution can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes for this population. 

The elderly (age 65 & older) and children and teens are also negatively impacted by poor air quality. Older adults are more susceptible to the assault from dirty air. Children’s and teens’ lungs are not fully developed and may be harmed by air pollution. 

So How Can You Help? 

While many of these practices are good any day, especially on Knozone ACtion days, citizens are encouraged to take these measures to help improve air quality in our Central Indiana communities:

  • Bring your lunch to work instead of driving somewhere.
  • If you do go to a restaurant or coffee shop, avoid the drive-thru. Avoid letting your vehicle idle, which produces more pollution.
  • Consider using public transportaion if possible.
  • Ride your bike or walk to work, the store, wherever you can.
  • Carpool!
  • Leave a little early to avoid rush hour — cars sitting idle in traffic add more contamination to the air.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Do not burn trash or leaves.
  • Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank after 6:00 p.m. or if possible, avoid having to purchase gas on these days.
  • If you must mow your lawn on a Knozone Action day, do so after 6:00 p.m.

Together, we can make a difference!

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