Air quality impacts our quality of life in myriad ways. Poor air quality, both outdoors and indoors, can result in health problems - especially for vulnerable populations, in addition to causing lowered visibility and stress on our ecosystem services to filter and react to pollutants. Outdoor air pollution includes particulates generated by fires, construction, and street maintenance, as well as chemical pollutants generated by vehicles, oil and gas operations, and even spilling gas at the fueling station. Indoor air pollution is linked to poor ventilation and air treatment and can result in elevated levels of radon, carbon dioxide, molds, and other pollutants.
Steps to Better Air
Outdoor Air Quality
Reducing gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicle miles is an important step to improving outdoor air quality. You can reduce your vehicle miles by walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit, or driving an electric vehicle.
Track Your Impact with Simple Steps Better Air.
Monitor how you travel with Every Trip Counts.
Indoor Air Quality
Poor household ventilation can decrease indoor air quality by inhibiting adequate outdoor air flow to dilute indoor emissions and removing indoor pollutants.
- Build Indoor airPLUS certified homes (a voluntary EPA clean air standard for new construction).
- Learn about the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Resources.
Monitor Indoor & Outdoor Air
City of Longmont
Radon is a toxic odorless gas that naturally occurs from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Check out a
Radon Gas Detector from the front desk of the City of Longmont Public Library. Contact the Library for more information.
Colorado and Other Regional Organizations
CDPHE Air Quality Monitoring, Modeling and Data for Colorado.