2021 Air Quality Awareness Week Coming Soon

On behalf of our AirNow partners – NOAA National Weather Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Department of State – EPA is pleased to announce that Air Quality Awareness Week 2021 will be celebrated May 3 – 7, 2021. Our theme this year is Healthy Air – Important for Everyone! Our goal is to promote events that increase air quality awareness and encourage people to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) daily. We plan to focus on the following daily topics this year, featuring one each day on the AQAW website:

  • Monday - Wildfires & Smoke
  • Tuesday - Asthma & Your Health
  • Wednesday – Citizen Science & Sensors
  • Thursday – Environmental Justice & Air Quality
  • Friday – Air Quality Around the World

We will release the website on Monday May 3, the first day of AQAW.

We would love to help spread the word about air quality activities you are doing in your community, as well as any educational resources you have! Please shoot an email or send any photos, videos, materials, or information on programs and events to lee.debra@epa.gov, and visit the AirNow Facebook page for periodic AQAW updates. And don’t forget to tag @airnow in your social media posts and include this year’s hashtag, #AQAW2021.

We appreciate the important partnerships that have been critical to improving air quality over the decades, especially around promoting AQAW. Please give Debra Lee a call with any questions or comments at (919) 541-0860, or email her at lee.debra@epa.gov.

See last year's events: 2020 Air Quality Awareness Week.

To celebrate #AQAW2021, we are holding a social media challenge to highlight the important topics for each day. Complete the challenge items and post them on your personal or organization’s social media accounts for a chance to be featured on EPA’s website in May!

Gardener enjoying her garden
Susan Stone, Senior Environmental Health Scientist,
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA:
“Working in my garden and enjoying clean air! #AQAW2021”