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The City is committed to maintaining and improving Edmonton's air quality. We're working with regional partners to develop programs designed to manage emissions in the region. We're also a member of the Alberta Capital Airshed, that shares information about local air quality.

Our Goal

Edmonton is a city transitioning to a low-carbon future, has clean air and water and is adapting to a changing climate.

ConnectEdmonton, Edmonton’s Strategic Plan 2019-2028

Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day always falls on the Wednesday of Environment Week.

Learn More - Clean Air

Air Quality Teacher Professional Development Program

An online, no-cost, two hour program from Inside Education that will examine the connections between weather, air quality, and climate.

When: Wednesday November 4, 2020 (2-4pm)
Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Air Quality Monitoring

Ambient air is the air that exists in the atmosphere, what we call outdoor air. It's monitored to understand if there's air quality concerns and what actions can be taken to support clean air.

Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network

There are 3 Provincial ambient air quality monitoring stations that measure air contaminants and calculate the provincial air quality health index (AQHI). These stations are managed by Alberta Environment and Parks, which also operates a fourth station that measures only particulate matter (Edmonton McIntyre).

There are also 6 industry-operated stations that are situated around industrial areas in the east and west areas of the City. These stations monitor air quality contaminant concentrations that are specific to the provincial approvals that relate to each of the industrial operators.

View Air Quality Data

Air Quality Health Index

It's a tool to assess the impact of air pollution on your health. It lists a number from 1 to 10+ to show the level of health risk associated with air quality. The higher the number, the greater the risk and your need to take precautions.

The AQHI reports this information in near-real time as well as provides a forecast for the next day.

Air Quality Health Index

Air Quality Light Bulb Tool

Visually track Edmonton’s AQHI using a wi-fi enabled bulb.

Air Quality Light Display

Air Quality Health Index rating index

Instructions

Download IFTTT

Air Quality Health Index Canada App

Provides hourly readings and daily forecasts across Canada.

Alberta AQHI App

Resources

Alberta's Air Quality Health Index: What You Need to Know 

Introducing Alberta's Air Quality Health Index

How to Adjust Activities Using the AQHI

Promoting the AQHI

Climate Change and Air Quality

The majority of air quality concerns in Edmonton result from refining or burning carbon-based energy sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, diesel, gasoline and even wood. Maintaining good air quality is complex and requires ongoing monitoring, in-depth understanding of meteorology and the sources of emissions.

Climate Change Scenario - Drier Spring

Point Source Emissions

These are when we can pinpoint or trace the source of emissions back to a particular industry or event such as a forest fire.

Non-point Source Emissions

This is when we have a good idea of what is causing the air pollution but cannot trace it back to one individual source. For example, emissions from transportation (cars and trucks in motion or idling) are considered to be non-point source emissions because collectively, they are polluting the air, but we cannot trace the source to any one vehicle.

Forest Fire Smoke May 2019

Forest Fire Smoke - May 2019

As the climate warms, Edmonton and Alberta are more susceptible to grass and forest fires. Edmonton’s experience with poor air quality tends to be most memorable when smoke from forest fires in Alberta, BC or Saskatchewan drift into the city.

Managing and Improving Air Quality

The majority of air quality concerns are a result of the refinement and/or combustion of carbon-based energy sources either at a point source (for example, industrial emissions) or through diffuse sources (for example, on-road transportation). The issue of maintaining good air quality is complex and it requires ongoing monitoring and in-depth understanding of meteorology and the sources of emissions.

The City actively participates in the Alberta Capital Airshed, which is a multi-stakeholder group. It provides a forum to design solutions for air quality issues. 

Through this partnership, its initiated work to ensure that air quality in Edmonton is measured and reported in a manner that is scientifically sound.

The City passed bylaw 15982 (an amendment to bylaw 14600) which prohibits vehicles from idling in designated areas outside of schools and hospitals.

Radon Gas

November has been declared Radon Awareness Month in the City.

Radon is a radioactive, unstable gas that arises from the breakdown of uranium, thorium and radium in soil and rock. It's an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that, in buildings such as homes, schools and workplaces, can accumulate to unnaturally high and potentially unhealthy levels.

Radon Gas Health Risks

Radon is the second leading cause of all lung cancers, but it's entirely preventable. Every day, another Albertan is diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer despite never having used tobacco. Knowing your home’s radon level is the first step in determining if you are at risk. 

How Radon Gas Enters Buildings

Radon enters a building primarily through floors in contact with soils, typically basements or cellars. Our buildings often operate under negative pressure in relation to the ground, acting as a syphon that sucks radon gas from the soils into the structure through cracks, gaps or other airways in the foundation. Our buildings typically then contain this gas within the indoor air, where it can concentrate to hazardous levels.

Test for Radon Gas

Health Canada 

Evict Radon

Fix Radon Gas Problem

Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program

Radon Mitigation Rough-in

Take Action

Information on a portable kit that monitors concentrations of particulate matter, an air contaminant.

Learn the many ways to get around in an environmentally friendly way.

Root for Trees is a tree planting initiative which increases tree planting within the city.

Unnecessary idling costs Canadians millions of dollars every year and it's a major contributor to climate change.

Learn More And Take Action

Learn more about climate change, energy and our strategies for adaptation and resilience. Get tips on how to take action against climate change and reduce our impact on the environment.

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

9th Floor Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email changeforclimate@edmonton.ca
Website http://www.edmonton.ca/ChangeForClimate
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/YEGclimate
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/YEGclimate

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