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Clean Air Partners of Williamson County

Clean Air Partners of Williamson County

On Thursday, May 24, TMA is hosting a Clean Air Partners of Williamson County Celebration at the Transit Center from 8-9 a.m.

During the celebration, Dave Pelton, executive director of Clean Cities of Middle Tennessee will be the key note speaker. His discussion will focus on the Biofuels of Today. In addition, 2006 partners will be recognized for their hard work and outstanding partners will be named.  All are welcome to the Clean Air Partners of Williamson County Celebration.

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Designed to aid and educate Williamson County citizens about creating and maintaining a healthy and clean, air environment, the Clean Air Partnership of Williamson County is made up of both public and private sectors which include 60+ Clean Air Partners with more than 14,000 employee participants. 

Debbie Henry, director of communications describs the Clean Air Partnership as, "A public outreach initiative that works to coordinate the Air Alert Day program and educate all citizens, residential and business, about air pollution and its health hazards."

For Williamson County residents, it is important to take note that air alert season is May 1 through Sept.30. On Air Alert Days, citizens may ride the Franklin Trolleys free of charge.  Riding the trolleys free of charge is one step in a larger picture of creating a safe air environment. Henry stresses the importance of every individual’s actions impacting others.

"Everyone’s actions make a difference!" Henry says. "Young, old, residential or business citizen, each person makes an impact in helping to keep air cleaner in our community. The following recommended actions are easy to do."

1. Choose a cleaner commute. Vanpool or carpool to work or use public
    transportation, such as the Franklin Trolleys. On Air Alert Days, all rides on
    the Franklin Trolleys are free.
2. Combine errands and reduce trips. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
3. Defer use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment for later in the day, or
    for days when the air quality is better.
4. Choose water-based paints instead of oil-based products.
5. Refuel vehicles after dusk. Limit engine idling.
6. Get regular engine tune ups and car maintenance checks (especially for the spark
7. Avoid spilling gas and don’t "top off" the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
8. Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

Employers and individuals can join the Clean Air Partners free of charge. This organization is a great way to promote a healthier lifestyle in Williamson County. The Clean Air Partners alert members on the air quality index and they offer wonderful suggestions on living a more environmentally friendly life.  

To find out more information about the Clean Air Partners, please go to or call them at 615.790.4005. They are located at 708 Columbia Avenue in Franklin.