The Port Alberni Air Quality Council serves to promote health by working to ensure the cleanest possible air for the Alberni Basin and its inhabitants. The Air Quality Council is a stakeholder round-table including representatives from the City of Port Alberni, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, the BC Ministry of Environment, Catalyst, Tseshaht First Nation, the MLA’s Office, the farming community, Island Health, and the community at large. Projects of 2017 included education and outreach regarding smart burning techniques and promotion of the Woodstove Exchange Program, collaboration with the City to strengthen local government bylaws pertaining to outdoor burning, and a Wood-heating Appliance Survey.
Facilitated through the Alberni Air Quality Society, the Port Alberni Air Quality Council serves to promote health by working to ensure the cleanest possible air for the Alberni Basin and its inhabitants.
Sarah Thomas was the chair of the Port Alberni Air Quality Council from January 2015 – October 2017 and ECOllaborate Now supported the council through education and outreach initiatives.
Goals of the Alberni Air Quality Society include:
1) To seek the co-operation of all agencies and stakeholders in promoting and protecting clean air.
3) To encourage clean air lifestyles and business practices.
4) To integrate regional air quality goals into local government policies, including land use and transportation management.
5) To ensure comprehensive monitoring of air quality.
6) To take seriously our responsibility for air quality within a regional, provincial, national and global context.
For more information please visit the Air Quality Web Directory at http://www.acrd.bc.ca/air-quality-council-web-directory.