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Do You Love Clean Air? Join the National Day of Action!

Taking the advice of scientists and health professionals, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules to lower the amount of harmful ozone, or smog, in our air. But Big Oil and Dirty Coal are fighting to protect the dirty, unhealthy status quo, putting their profits before our health.

We're fighting back by holding a national day of action on March 16th to show that Americans across the country support EPA's proposal to protect Americans from smog.

Don't see an event in your area? Send a public comment to the EPA supporting stronger smog standards.

Alaska

National Ozone Day of Action

What:
Take action and let EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson know that all the way in the Interior, we too support bold regulations on Ozone Pollution! There will be a chance to talk to community members who have suffered because of the poor air quality in Fairbanks and in the nation while writing straight to the EPA to ensure clean air for generations to come.
When: Tuesday March 16th, 11am - 4pm
Address: University of Alaska Faribanks, Wood Center Main Lobby
Contact: Christina Liakos 603-930-2037 or Christina@greencorps.org

Arkansas

Ozone Action Press Conference

What:
Health Groups, Environmental Organizations and Political Leaders will speak at a Press Conference on the importance of tightened EPA ozone standards.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Sierra Club Offices, Little Rock
Address: 1308 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Contact: Lev Guter, lev.guter@sierraclub.org, office:  (301) 501-8280, cell (941) 779-3337

Colorado

Students for Clean Air

What:
CU Boulder students and Sierra Club activists will gather together at the CU campus quad at 12:00 to 1:00 where we will have ozone/smog themed hand held signs, beyond coal t-shirts and buttons and an action table set up for students to write letters to Lisa Jackson / EPA in regards to the national ozone rule. Campus and local media will be invited to the rally event that we hope to advertise to CU students as a sort of "flash mob" opportunity at 12:15 through our expanding student ally network.
When:  March 16th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm (set up from 11:30 - 1:00)
Where: CU campus student center (UMC) fountain quad, near Euclid Auto Park
Address:  University of Colorado, 20 UCB, Boulder CO 80309
Contact: Roger Singer roger.singer@sierraclub.org 303.884.0064 (cell)

Georgia

National Clean Air Day comes to Macon!

What:
Meet leaders and fellow citizens in downtown Macon, GA, for National Clean Air Day. We will have a rally and press conference downtown, detailing the health problems associated with smog, and highlighting the solutions to smoggy air that exist in Georgia. Clean energy and green transportation solutions for Macon will not only clean our air, but stimulate our economy. We will have speakers from leading community groups, as well as invited speakers from the Georgia General Assembly. We need you to attend and add your name to the "I Love Clean Air" sign that will be sent to Macon City Council and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, with a request they move quickly to address the important issue of air quality.
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 4:00-5:30PM
Where: Downtown Macon at the Train Depot
Address: 200 Cherry Street in downtown Macon, GA, 31201
Contact: Erin Glynn, erin.glynn@sierraclub.org, 770.598.6814


Ozone Day of Action

What:
The community will gather to speak out for heath and ozone standards.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 9:30 AM
Where: UGA Coal Plant, corner of Cedar + E. Campus Rd., Athens, GA 30602
Contact: Jaafar Rizvi, jaafar@greencorps.org, 802-318-512

Illinois

Little Village Toxic Tour

What:
  Invite-only event for doctors, health care officials and aldermen to tour the Little Village neighborhood industrial area, which includes the Crawford Power Plant.  Allies working on event: Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. Participants will learn about upcoming rules, etc that can help clean up the air surrounding this industrial area.
When: Tues, March 16th, 3pm
Where: Chicago, IL
Address: 2856 S. Millard Avenue Chicago, IL 60623
Contact: Becki Clayborn, becki.clayborn@sierraclub.org, 312-251-1680 x9

Kansas

Kansans for Clean Energy

What:  A press conference featuring public health officials, concerned citizens, and environmentalists urging the EPA to adopt the newly proposed ozone standards.  Representatives from the Unified Government will join us.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 10:00am
Where: We will gather on the sidewalk directly across from the EPA headquarters in Kansas City.
Address: 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.  
Contact: Stephanie Cole, 913.906.9332, Stephanie.Cole@sierraclub.org

Kentucky

Lexitonians Love Clean Air

What:
Press event featuring youth, a health professional and other concerned citizens talking about need to support EPA's proposed rule to safeguard clean, healthy communities/vibrant economy.  There will be an aerial photo (viewable from press event room) of 25-30 people in red displayed in the shape of a heart.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Where: Lexington Public Library, 3rd floor
Address:140 East Main St., 3rd Floor, Lexington, KY 40507
Contact: Miranda Carter, miranda@greencorps.org, 859-554-0225 or Lauren McGrath, Lauren.mcgrath@sierraclub.org, 859-309-0214

Louisiana

I 'HEART' Clean Air For Louisiana

What:
University and Elementary Students will gather to visualize their desire for clean, breathable air in Louisiana. Join the Sierra Club, 1Sky, Gulf Restoration Network and other supporters to urge the EPA to strengthen their ozone standards for our state and the nation!
When: Wednesday, March 17th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: The Fly, Adjacent to Audubon Zoo
Address: Riverview Drive off Magazine - Adjacent to Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA
Contact:  Jordan Macha, jordan.macha@sierraclub.org, 504.861.4837

Michigan

MSU Clean Air Olympics

What:
In coalition with several other organizations, MSU Beyond Coal will hold several fun outdoor events (including clean air relay, ultimate frisbee, hullahoops and black smoke bubbles contest) at the MSU Clean Air Olympics to highlight the importance of having clean air for youth. We will have a few speakers share their personal stories about growing up with asthma and other upper-respiratory diseases, which conditions are exacerbated by emissions from coal plants.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Field between the International Center and Wells Hall
Contact: Monica Embrey, monica@greencorps.org 773-419-0963

Minnesota

I "Heart" Clean Air Day!

What: Join Sierra Club volunteers to celebrate the EPA's proposed standards for ground-level ozone, a deadly pollutant that is one of the main contributors to smog, and other coal related pollution. We'll meet in Peavey Plaza downtown at 4:30 with an "I 'Heart' Clean Air Day" Banner, balloons & photo opportunity for passersby. Meet at 4 at the Sierra Club office to carpool over.
When: Tuesday March 16th, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Address: Peavey Plaza, corner of Nicollet and 11th, downtown Minneapolis
Contact: Jessica Tatro, 612-659-9124 or Jessica.tatro@sierraclub.org

Missouri

"I Heart Clean Air" at the Civic Center Metro stop (St Louis)

What:
  On Tuesday, March 16, the Sierra Club with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and other clean air advocates will thank Metro riders for helping to keep our air clean with an "I Heart Clean Air" gift.
When:  Tuesday, March 16, 11:30am - 1pm
Where: Civic Center Metro-link. Note:  We will meet on the corner of 14thstreet & Spruce (Look for the "NATIONAL CLEAN AIR DAY" banner)
Address: 1413 Spruce St, St Louis Mo 63103
Contact: Melissa Hope, melissa.hope@sierraclub.org, 816.806.6965

Nevada

Ozone Scavenger Hunt (or Bowling Against Smog)

What:
Members of the Black and Hispanic Youth Caucuses are teaming up for a scavenger hunt to identify the smoggiest places in Las Vegas. After the team deciphers the clues that take them to Smog Hot Spots, we'll meet at a local bowling alley for a couple of games and pizza. Participants will write postcards to Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to enact stricter air quality standards.
When: Tuesday, March 16, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Several locations in the Las Vegas Valley with Bowling at the Orleans Hotel
Address: 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Contact: Robert Disney, robert.disney@sierraclub.org, 702.518.0188

New York

Clean Air Rally

What:
Students and community members will rally outside the Couper Administration Building demanding that President Defleur take the lead on reducing ozone emissions by agreeing to shut down the coal plant on campus by 2015. 
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 9:30 AM
Where: Binghamton University -- Couper Administration Building
Address: Binghamton University, Rte 434, Vestal, NY 13850
Contact: Miller Nuttle, miller@greencorps.org, (607) 592 9500

North Dakota

Ozone Day of Action Media Conference

What:
UND faculty and students, as well as Grand Forks community members will gather to speak on the devastating public health impacts of coal plant emissions, namely smog and ground-level ozone. In addition to the speakers, there will be a station for attendees to sign petitions to the EPA to enforce stricter regulations on ground-level ozone. Media will be in attendance as well.
When: Tuesday, March 16, 10:30am -11:15am
Where: Soaring Eagle Sculpture Garden (foul weather- Memorial Union, Medora Room)
Address: Garden- Behind Chester Fritz Library at 3051 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND, 58202 (Memorial Union- 2901 University Avenue, Medora Room- 2nd Floor)
Contact: Ashley Lauth, ashley@greencorps.org, 701.212.3871

Oregon

No Time to Lose--Oregon's Need for a Clean Energy Future

What:
  Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Friends of the Columbia Gorge will talk about the health impacts of coal and ground level ozone on our health and our environment.  Participants will take action by writing letters to the EPA.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Oregon Sierra Club office
Address: 1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland. OR 97214
Contact: Robin Everett, robin.everett@sierraclub.org, 503-238-0442 x307

Pennsylvania

National Clean Air Day Press Conference

What:
We will hold a press conference in front of Children's Hospital with several organizations represented announcing a resolution by the City of Pittsburgh complimenting the EPA on taking action to protect our air. Groups and individuals involved at this point are: Action Alliance of Neighbors United (a group focused on organizing in low income communities and interested in organizing around issues related to the clean air act) Group Against Smog and Pollution, Dr. Fernando Holguin-Asthma Researcher with UPMC Children's Hospital and more.
When: Tuesday March 16th, 11am-12pm
Where: Children's Hospital
Address:4401 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1334
Contact: Randy Francisco 412-802-6161

South Carolina

SC Ozone Day of Action

What:
Conservation and health organizations will come together to support clean air in SC.
When: Tuesday, March 16
Where: Columbia, SC Statehouse
Address: 1101 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC
Contact: Zachary Keith, zachary@greencorps.org, 321.356.660

Texas

North Texas Peoples Hearing for Clean Air

What:
Medical Groups, Environmental Groups and elected officials of North Texas are coming together to hold a public hearing on new ozone standards.   Sponsors include Sierra Club, Downwinders at Risk, State Represenative Lon Burnam, Interfatih Environmental Alliance, and North Central Texas Communities Alliance (www.cleanairtexas.org).  
When: Tuesday, March 16th
- 3:00pm - Welcoming remarks from Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck MD and Region 6 EPA Administrator Dr. Al Armendariz
- 3:30-7:00pm - Testimonies from Organizations, Businesses and Individuals
Where: Arlington City Hall
Address: 101 Abram St, Arlington, TX
Contact: Eva Hernandez, eva.hernandez@sierraclub.org, 512.299.1550 or Molly Rooke, Dallas Sierra Club, mollyrooke@sbcglobal.net, 214.762.2363

Utah

BYU Beyond Coal Ozone Day of Action

What:
The BYU Beyond Coal campaign will join together with local groups, Utah Moms for Clean air and the Utah Valley Earth Forum to call for EPA to enact strong Ozone rules.  Participants will comment on the new rules, and do internet outreach to get their friends involved as well.
When: Tuesday March 16, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Provo Public Library
Address: 50 North University Avenue, Provo
Contact: Andrew Porter, andrew@greencorps.org, 801-471-0518

Utah Ozone Day of Action

What: Clair Jones, Utah Sierra Club Beyond Coal Conservation Organizer, will speak about the proposed EPA Ozone Rule and why it is important for the environment. Dr. Howie Garber, of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, will speak about the health effects of ozone and smog, and about why the ozone rule is essential for public health. Sixth grade students Toby Hunt and Tressa Marre, of Morningside Elementary, will speak about their class’s work to pass Clean Air non-binding resolution HJR5, which encourages vehicle drivers to not idle, and about the importance of preserving the air for generations to come. Utah District 37 Representative Carol Spackman-Moss (D) who sponsored HJR5, will conclude by speaking about the importance of clean air and her work with the class.
When: Tuesday, March 16th at 10:00am
Where: In the den of the University of Utah Olpin Student Union
Address: 200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Contact: Clair Jones, clair.jones@sierraclub.org

Virginia

"No More Smog for Norfolk" Press Conference

What:
News conference in support of US EPA pending action on smog air pollution.  US EPA is proposing to toughen the standards for smog to protect public health. With these tougher standards, Hampton Roads will be designated in violation of these air pollution standards for smog, which could hamper the region’s economic development. Smog causes serious health problems, particularly for children, the elderly and persons with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and emphysema.
Where: Children's Harbor (Ghent)
Address: 1900 Llewellyn Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517
When: Tuesday, March 16, 11:00am
Contact: Kate Pollard, kate.pollard@sierraclub.org, (703)865-6659.


VA Tech Clean Air Puzzle

What:
On the Virginia Tech drill field, students and air quality experts come together to support the proposed EPA rule for stricter ozone pollution controls. "Puzzled" by poor air quality standards, 250 Virginia Tech students will help build a giant petition puzzle by each adding one signed piece to the puzzle to support this EPA rule.  Among black and blue balloons symbolizing clean and polluted air, Professor Linsey Marr, an air quality engineer, and Matt Monteverde, an asthmatic Virginia Tech student, will advocate for stronger smog standards.
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 11am to 3pm, media event at 1:30pm
Where: Virginia Tech Drill Field
Address: Virginia Tech campus, Blacksburg, VA
Contact:  Nathalie Graham, nathalie@greencorps.org, 415-720-6315

West Virginia

Trees for Clean Air

What:
Elementary school students and Cub Scouts will plant trees in their schoolyard to show the need for clean air.
When: March 16th, 2010, 4pm
Where: South Jefferson Elementary School
Address: 4599 Summit Point Road, Charles Town WV 25414
Contact: Patience Wait, pwaitster@gmail.com

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Applauds EPA's Ozone Standards

What:  We are holding a press conference with Wisconsin Asthma Coalition and Physicians for Social Responsibility outside of Capitol Heat and Power. Capitol Heat and Power stopped burning coal on Sunday after over a century of heating our State Capitol with coal.
When:  Tuesday, March 16th, 11:00 am
Where:  Capitol Heat and Power
Address: 624 East Main St., Madison, WI 53703
Contact:  Jennifer Feyerherm, jennifer.feyerherm@sierraclub.org, 608-695-5797