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Riverside, CA – October 1, 2019 – Businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and residents in Western Riverside County and throughout California are encouraged to take the California Clean Air Day pledge and select which small (or big) lifestyle changes they would like to implement. The Coalition for Clean Air, the organizing entity for the 2019 Annual Clean Air Day, hopes to reach 2 million pledges by October 2, 2019. California Clean Air Day efforts are divided into three categories – “Plant Something”, “Reduce Vehicle Emissions”, and “Switch It Out”. Of those who have already taken the pledge, 95% have chosen to reduce vehicle emissions by walking, biking, carpooling, or by utilizing public transportation.
The Cities of Beaumont, Calimesa, Corona, Hemet, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, and Perris passed resolutions declaring October 2, 2019 as California Clean Air Day to emphasize the importance of air quality and public participation. To commemorate these efforts, the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is providing each of the aforementioned cities tree planting ceremony supplies, including a southern magnolia tree, soil, mulch, and an engraved, commemorative plaque to be placed in front of the tree.
WRCOG serves as the co-chair for the Inland Empire Working Group that seeks to support activities and raise air quality awareness statewide. Looking forward, WRCOG is excited to continue collaborating with its member agencies and is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Coalition for Clean Air to improve air quality throughout the subregion.
WRCOG is a joint powers authority, consisting of the County of Riverside, 18 cities, two regional water districts, the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Its actions and activities are guided by its members. Recognizing that issues related to growth are not constrained by city or county boundaries, WRCOG focuses on a number of regional matters important to the future of Western Riverside County. By working together through its committee structure and utilizing existing resources, WRCOG is cost-effective by reducing duplication of effort and sharing information, enabling strong advocacy and strengthening Western Riverside County’s standing in southern California and the state. WRCOG’s program areas are varied and range from transportation to air quality, solid waste, environment, energy, economy, sustainability, and growth. For more information about WRCOG please visit http://www.wrcog.us/.