Outreach and Education

Clean air is important for your health. The Bureau of Air Management is committed to keeping you informed and providing opportunities for you to be heard and included in air quality policy and programs.

Participation

Routine Meetings: 
Join the Bureau's regular stakeholder committee, State Implementation Plan Revision Advisory Committee (SIPRAC), to learn about the latest air quality issues facing the state, proposed policy and regulations to address air quality, and to be heard!

Events and Workshops:
No Child Left Inside. Launched in 2006, No Child Left Inside®  is a promise to introduce children to the wonder of nature- for their own health and well-being, for the future of environmental conservation and the beauty, character and communities of the State of Connecticut. The associated programming is on- going throughout the year.

The Kellogg Environmental Center is an educational outreach center for the State Parks division of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It supports air quality programs for students and professional development for teachers year-round. Please contact the Kellogg Environmental Center for information at (203) 734-2513. You may also register for the Trillium, an educational newsletter, to learn more about educational programs, grants, and resources.

Air Quality Flag Program:
The Air Quality Flag Program uses brightly colored flags based on the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI) to raise awareness about the current outdoor air quality conditions in the local community. If the air quality is unhealthy, schools or organizations participating in the program may decide to adjust physical or outdoor activities.14 Connecticut schools are currently enrolled in the program.  

Community-Based Monitoring:
CT DEEP Air Monitoring is in the process of establishing a network of low-cost PurpleAir PM2.5 (PM2.5 = particulate matter 2.5 micrometers wide and smaller) sensors throughout the state. These sensors provide real-time, hyper-local air quality data that can be viewed from the online map. If you are a member of a community group interested in PM2.5 monitoring, please reach out to DEEP.AirMonitoring@ct.gov.
Current sensor loan program partners:
  • Connecticut Science Center (Hartford)
  • Kellogg Environmental Center (Derby)
  • CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary School (Rocky Hill)
  • CT Technical Education & Career System (CTECS; Stamford)
  • Waterford High School (Waterford)
  • PT Partners (Bridgeport)
  • Groundwork Bridgeport (Bridgeport)
 
Resources

Air Quality Maps: Fact Sheets and Other Materials: Communication

Looking for more specific outreach? Join one of the following mailing lists: Air Quality Forecasts, EVConnecticut,  Public Notices, SIPRAC, and Volkswagen Settlement and CT.
Content last updated: September 1, 2022