COLUMBUS, Ohio — Each day the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission tests and forecasts for the air quality in Central Ohio. Sensors test the air for different pollutants and levels of ozone from power plants to wood-burning fireplaces.
Data collected from November 2020-October 2021 found that for the first time since 1980, no “unhealthy” days for ozone were observed. Only several days of “moderate” levels of ozone were reported in New Albany and London during the summer months.
According to MORPC, central Ohio has seen the number of days with high ozone decline over the past 29 years.
"We have more sustainable transportation options than before. COTA is transforming some of their buses to electric and we also have a lot of programing centered around expanding our trail system. So, there is a lot of opportunities for people to switch their mode of transportation and get out of their cars," said Brandi Whetstone, a Sustainability Officer with MORPC. "Anytime you can drive less, share rides, take the bus, walk or bike helps reduce emission from cars and trucks”.
A few other ways to reduce emissions are to switch to LED lights, install solar panels, or purchase other clean energy products.
For other ways to reduce emissions or check the daily forecast, check out the MORPC website.