Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)’s Air Quality program has introduced Quinton, the air quality bird, to Kansas City residents. He doesn’t have much to say, but he whistles a catchy tune when he sees people doing simple things – like carpooling, riding the bus, biking and walking – to take care of our air.

More than half of all the emissions that lead to ozone pollution are caused by our daily activities, like driving. Quinton encouraged residents to try something new for Air Quality Awareness Week, April 30 – May 4.

But it doesn’t have to be a special week to take simple actions to improve air quality in the region. Here are some ideas for things that you can do to help us all breathe easier:

• Monday: Bus to school or work
• Tuesday: Don’t idle more than 30 seconds
• Wednesday: Bike to the market or store
• Thursday: Walk to lunch
• Friday: Carpool to a sporting event

Has your workplace done anything special for air quality awareness? Send pictures and stories to airQ@marc.org.