Ozarks Clean Air Alliance is a part of Community Partnership of the Ozark’s Community Collaborative Initiative. It serves as a working sub-committee for the Environmental Collaborative. The mission of the group is to focus on improving our local air quality. This topic is of concern because we are on the verge of non-attaiment in the areas of Ozone and Particulate Matter.
Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP)
The Clean Air Action Plan is a strategic plan that maps out the efforts that will be pursued to reduce ozone and particulate matter and improve air quality in our community. Here is a copy of the 2013 report.
Clean Air – From the Beginning…
The Alliance was created as a response to the needs and issues identified in an environmental health assessment conducted in 2002. The result of this assessment project of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department was the creation of the State of the Environment for Springfield and Greene Count: A Report and Recommendations. This comprehensive report was coordinated through the Community Partnership’s Environmental Collaborative and the Environmental Advisory Board.
The data and information used in this assessment were compiled through research of both electronic and standard published materials. A great deal of information was also obtained through personal interviews with contacts in many environmental disciplines. These disciplines include: population growth and urban sprawl, water quality/quantity, air quality, solid waste management, community health, environmental education and environmental justice. The full report can be viewed at www.ozarksenvironment.com.
For Air Quality, it became clear from the beginning that a community educational initiative needed to occur before opinion information could be collected from residents. Appropriately, the primary recommendations coming out of the Air Quality workgroup were centered on community education through the establishment of an ongoing regional committee. Like other natural resources, we understand that quality of those natural resources do not begin or end at the city or county line. Therefore a regional committee was created to address air quality issues in the Ozarks region.
The Ozarks Clean Air Alliance now guides the region’s education and outreach efforts to reduce the negative effects of air pollution. We bring together vested individuals and both public and private representatives who are dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of today’s Air Quality issues. The Alliance will work to create opportunities to voluntarily reduce the emissions that cause air pollution.
Since the program began, participation in the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) has steadily grown. To date, 35 Southwest Missouri organizations are participating in the alliance:
American Lung Association
Choose Environmental Excellence
Christian County Commission
City of Battlefield
City of Branson
City of Hollister
City of Joplin Health Department
City of Monett
City of Nixa
City of Ozark
City of Rogersville
City of Springfield
City of Strafford
City of Willard
City Utilities of Springfield
College of the Ozarks
Community Partnership of the Ozarks
Empire Electric District
Environmental Advisory Board of Springfield and Greene County
Environmental Task Force of Jasper & Newton Counties
Fisk Transportation Group
Greene County Commission
Hamburg & Lyons
Jasper County Health Department
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Transportation
Missouri Gas Energy
Missouri State University
OCAA Agriculture Committee
Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions – Drury University
Ozarks Technical Community College
Ozarks Transportation Organization
Partnership for Sustainability
Show Me Yards and Neighborhoods
Southwest Area Manufacturers Association
Southwest Missouri Council of Governments
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Springfield Public Schools
Springfield-Greene County Health Dept.
Stone County Commission
Taney County Commission
Taney County Health Department
The Energy Store
The Forrester Group
University of Missouri Extension