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Air Awareness

  • The Air Awareness Program is a public outreach and education program of the Division of Air Quality with local air quality programs across the state.

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What's the Problem?

  • Why should you care about air pollution? Air pollution can harm everyone's health and damage the environment. Air pollution can lead to breathing problems such as asthma and emphysema.
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Air Quality Forecast

  • See the future. Know the air pollution levels the day before they happen. Click below to go to our Air Quality Forecast Center.
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Protect Your Health

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  • Ozone and particle pollution, the two biggest air quality concerns in North Carolina, come from many of the same sources, primarily motor vehicles and industry.
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Teachers & Students

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Classroom Programs
>NCDAQ offers free education programs in the Triangle area and Western NC. Programs are correlated to the North Carolina Essential Standards, and can be combined, expanded and customized according to available time and teacher goals. For Western N.C. contact Keith Bamberger: 828-296-4500, For the Triangle and other areas of North Carolina contact, Teresa Colon: 919-707-8436

NCDAQ and local air awareness programs offers free education programs in many parts of the state.  Contact a local program coordinator or email us at to find out more (find a coordinator on this map). Our programs are tailored to the current North Carolina Common Core and Essential Standards. 

NC Division of Air Quality K-12 Education Program

Air Quality Workshops for Elementary, Middle and High School
Periodically during the year, NCDAQ offers teacher workshops.The goal of this free workshop is to make teachers familiar with the properties of air, what air pollution is, how each of us contributes to air pollution, and the things we can do to prevent it.  We try to reach this goal through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation materials, videos and games. Each teacher will leave the workshop with a notebook and a video, plus lots of great ideas.
A pre-workshop assignment will be required by each attendee in order to receive: One Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.) and Criteria I Credit for the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate. The assignment materials will be mailed to each person in advance.
You will be required to watch a 15-minute video on ozone and read a number of related documents. This two-hour assignment will help you better understand the color codes in the Air Quality Index and the heath message associated with ozone forecasting. We also highlight the It's Our Air high school air quality curriculum at high school workshops.  

For more information about Air Quality Workshops for Elementary, Middle and High School, please contact

>2014 - 2015 AQ-IQ Contest
The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) invites your seventh grade students to participate in the 2014 - 2015 AQ-IQ Contest. The AQ-IQ Contest is in its tenth year in Western North Carolina. To celebrate this milestone, DAQ is expanding the contest statewide.

  • Who is eligible? Any seventh grade student in North Carolina can submit a project. Most often we work with public school middle school teachers to publicize the contest, but home school students and private school students are also encouraged to participate. Students can work with as many as three of their peers.
  • When and where are the projects due? Projects are due to the NC DENR Regional Offices by the last day of January 2015. Visit the following link to find your local DENR Office:
  • Why should my students participate? The AQ-IQ Contest links closely into the NC Essential Standards, and puts the student in the role of presenting the information, which is one of the most effective ways to learn.
  • Click HERE to go to contest homepage.

Air Jeopardy!
Air Jeopardy! is an online trivia game packed with information about air pollution, weather, and other air quality issues. A list of answers and questions used in the game is also available for your convenience.

Links for Kids

Coloring Book, Air Pollution A-Z
This coloring book is designed to help students learn about air pollution while having fun. You may view individual pages, or you download the entire coloring book. Note, the links below will open a new browser window.

  1. Air Pollution A-Z Front Cover (.gif)
  2. Letter to Students (.gif)
  3. Air Pollution from A-C (.gif)
  4. Air Pollution from D-F (.gif)
  5. Air Pollution from G-I (.gif)
  6. Air Pollution from J-L (.gif)
  7. Air Pollution from M-O (.gif)
  8. Air Pollution from P-Q (.gif)
  9. Air Pollution from R-T (.gif)
  10. Air Pollution from U-W (.gif)
  11. Air Pollution from X-Y (.gif)
  12. Air Pollution - letter Z (.gif)
  13. Air Pollution A-Z Back Cover (.gif)