Central Arkansas’ Metroplan is celebrating its annual Ozone Action Days campaign with a bike-themed scavenger hunt taking place now through the end of May.
Metroplan, the signature voice of Central Arkansas’ transportation and environmental efforts, is inviting families to get educated on ozone and emission efforts through a scavenger hunt inspired by National Bike Month.
Children and families are encouraged to create original art or decorate Ozone Action Days coloring sheets found on Metroplan’s Ditch The Keys Facebook page. Participants can then display their art in windows across the natural state and view other’s work with a bike ride or walk around the neighborhood.
This effort is inspired by Metroplan’s annual educational event, Ozone Action Days.
Traditionally, Ozone Action Days takes place during the summer months. Since 1998, the educational program has invited residents to take a closer look at the effects of ground-level ozone and air quality in the natural state.
Although collaborative Ozone Action Days efforts are not encouraged amidst COVID-19, Metroplan’s Executive Director Tab Townsell spoke with AY About You on how residents can make a positive environmental impact while continuing proper distancing techniques.
“Anything you can do involving gas motor in the afternoon versus the morning is better,” Townsell says. He explained how fueling up a car or mower at the beginning of the day rather than the afternoon adds more ozone-polluting buildup in the air than necessary.
Townsell additionally encourages residents to make subtle, everyday adjustments to create significant impacts. According to Townsell, walking rather than driving to lunch from a job, combining trips and working from home all contribute to positive environmental change.