The goals of the SW Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership, Inc. (SPAQP) are to encourage voluntary actions to reduce air pollution emissions, especially on Air Quality Action Days; increase the public’s understanding about the impact of air pollution, provide alerts for days with high air pollution levels, provide health effects information and guidelines to prevent or reduce exposure.
The Partnership forecasts Air Quality Action Days or days when the air quality is expected to be unhealthy to breathe. Using a color-coded scale, the forecast informs people about the predicted ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels and any precautions that need to be taken.
The Partnership was formed in 1995 and was the first Air Quality Partnership in the Commonwealth. Its membership is a mix of government, business, schools and individuals that work together on air quality education.