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Who can participate?
All local governments, businesses and organizations are encouraged to join the Partnership.
Rock Island County
City of Bettendorf
City of Davenport
City of East Moline
City of Moline
City of Muscatine
City of Rock Island
Arnold's Body Shop
Chuck Oestreich, QC TAG
Edwards UCC (Davenport)
Joe L. Whitley, Citizen
St. John’s Lutheran (Rock Island)
Mercer County Health Dept./EMA office
United Neighbors Inc.
Greater Metropolitan Area Housing Authority of Rock Island County
Melissa Dopler, Citizen
What is the Partnership?
In the summer of 2009, after grappling with high levels of ozone and particulate matter (PM 2.5) for several years, the Bi-State Regional Commission Air Quality Task Force suggested that a coalition of private and public entities be formed to tackle air pollution in the region. The resulting Partnership is a voluntary emissions reduction program. The Partnership Pledge consists of a list of activities that organizations can implement to reduce their emissions footprint and help the Bi-State Region remain in attainment.
When should my organization join, and are there deadlines?
Bi-State encourages all local organizations to join NOW. It is never too early to begin improving air quality. Because the Partnership is a voluntary program, there are no deadlines for implementation. We only ask that every organization try to implement one activity in each air quality category. Bi-State will check back with Partners in one year to see what goals were accomplished and provide resources to help organizations overcome obstacles for harder-to-implement activities.
Where is the Partnership located?
The Partnership is a collaboration between public and private organizations in the Bi-State Region- Scott, Muscatine, Henry, Rock Island and Mercer Counties. The Partnership is facilitated by the Bi-State Regional Commission located in the Rock Island County Building. More information on the Partnership can be found at www.bistateonline.org.
Why does the Bi-State Region need a Partnership, and why should my organization join?
Since Fall 1998, the Bi-State Region has been alerted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) that the metropolitan area and small urban communities such as Muscatine, Iowa have experienced a few days where air quality levels in the atmosphere have been considered unhealthy. Although the general air quality in the Bi-State Region is considered good by many of the standards for pollutants, there are recent National Ambient Air Quality Standards that have revised thresholds for concentrations of ozone and fine particulates based on health considerations. It is this health-based threshold that concern area officials and the state agencies. Slipping into non-attainment for these pollutants could mean more stringent regulations and loss of economic opportunities.
Joining the Partnership will highlight and bring to the attention of consumers and constituents, businesses and organizations that are making an effort to improve the air quality in our communities and beyond. Every reduction in pollution will increase economic opportunities as the buffer between the region’s emission levels and non-attainment is increased. Partners that accomplish reduction activity goals will be featured on the Partnership website and in advertising and will have access to resources to help their organization achieve set goals.
How does my organization join?
Just fill out the Bi-State Region Partnership Checklist and Pledge and return to:
Bi-State Regional Commission
1504 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3368
Rock Island, IL 61204
or fax to:
Bi-State Regional Commission
Clean Air Counts
Clean Air Counts is a multi-media campaign intended to connect people of the Bi-State Region to information about reducing personal emissions. You can expect to read about it on the newspaper and web, hear about it on the radio and see it on TV.
Visit [http://www.alcoa.com/makeanimpact/] to explore what you can do at home, work, the store, in the yard, at the curb, and on the move to reduce your personal daily emissions. The website is full of helpful and easy tips to show you what you can do to help. One of the most powerful tools accessible to you through the Make an Impact website is the carbon calculator.
Click Start Here on the calculator tool and register with The Bi-State Clean Air Partnership as a non-profit partner to use the comprehensive carbon footprint calculator. From there, you will answer questions about your daily activities. You can choose a more involved advanced calculator option, or if you prefer, there is a quick and easy option as well. The calculator will help show you where your emissions are coming from and what you can do to Make an Impact!.