Ozone Workplace Network (OWN)

Ozone Workplace Network (OWN)

Ozone Workplace Network (Own)

The Ozone Workplace Network is a voluntary initiative that provides simple actions businesses can take to help reduce ground-level ozone in southwest Missouri.

Local businesses, governments and other organizations can help reduce ozone pollution by taking a variety of voluntary actions. These actions could help the area improve air quality and avoid costly mandatory requirements should our air quality status change to “non-attainment”. These actions can also help your organization save money and improve employee well-being.

To participate in this program, your organization only needs to sign up and appoint someone in the organization as the Ozone Alert Coordinator.

How Does The Program Work?

  • The Ozone Alert Coordinator will be notified by email when the Springfield-Greene County Health Department forecasts an Ozone Alert Day.
  • The Coordinator will relay the information (via email, postings, etc.) to employees, provide tips on how to reduce ozone, and promote air quality awareness and education in the workplace.
  • The organization should display air quality awareness information in appropriate areas to promote awareness.
  • The organization may commit to further ozone reduction initiatives as listed below.

Ozone Reduction Tips For Employees On Ozone Alert Days

  • Reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or riding the bus. City Utilities reduces bus fares to $0.50 on Ozone Alert Days.
  • Work from home (telecommute) if your employer offers such programs
  • Put-off mowing your lawn. Air emissions from running an average gas-powered lawn mower for 1 hour is the equivalent of driving your car 200 miles. Simply mow your lawn during the evening hours of a non-alert day.
  • Reduce vehicle and equipment idling.

Ozone Reduction Tips For Employers

  • Adopt an idle reduction policy for internal fleet, as well as, deliveries and shipments. Contact the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance for a sample policy.
  • Put-off lawn maintenance to prevent emissions from gas-powered equipment.
  • Support mass transit programs. Offer free or subsidized bus passes to employees for the Ozone Alert Days, the ozone season, or the entire year.
  • Support the development of Park and Ride facilities for commuters.
  • Provide secure bike racks and shower facilities for employees to encourage bicycling.
  • Consider telecommuting programs for employees.
  • Consider retrofitting diesel vehicles to reduce pollution.
  • Encourage contractors to use practices that reduce air pollution when performing work.
    • Reduce idling
    • Use low-emitting equipment
  • Purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles when adding to, or replacing fleet vehicles.
    • Consider alternative fuel vehicles such as: gas-electric hybrids, diesel-electric hybrids, biodiesel, or compressed natural gas.
  • Evaluate air quality impacts associated with the growth of the operation.
    • Meet LEED standards for new buildings.
    • Engage in native plant species landscaping to reduce lawn maintenance. For more information go to Show-Me Yards and Neighborhoods.
    • Consider low NOx burners on boilers or process equipment.
    • Reduce the use of solvents where possible.