In the almost 40 years of our existence, significant progress has been made to clean the air, largely through controls on business and industry, technology changes such as cleaner vehicles and certified wood stoves, and voluntary initiatives like our award-winning Diesel Solutions Program. And people are making cleaner choices -- taking the bus and train more often, converting fireplaces to natural gas or propane, replacing old uncertified wood stoves, using electric yard equipment and choosing low-emission, fuel-efficient cars.
But there is plenty of work yet to do. Growth is one of the biggest issues facing our region, affecting mobility, the price of housing and air quality. Even though technology has led to cleaner cars, there are more of us driving more and more miles all the time -- about 80 million miles per day in our four-county region alone. That adds up to some real challenges for air quality.
To help us address those challenges, and to make sure we are focusing on the right work for our region, we involve stakeholders in developing various plans for our agency. Over the years, they have helped us develop plans for staying in attainment of federal air quality standards for fine particles, carbon monoxide and ozone recommended climate protection strategies and helped us frame 10-year strategic plans in 1996 (PDF 0.1MB) and 2006 (PDF 0.1MB).