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Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable

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Prince George teachers will be interested in a new resource package on air quality, complete with lesson plans, project ideas and field trip information. Funded by PGAIR and Environment Canada, the package is on the PGAIR website. FBC is also working on a version of the package in the Fraser Valley – stay tuned!

The Air Quality Challenge in Prince George

Prince George faces serious, longstanding air quality problems. These are linked primarily to topography, emissions from transportation, industry, road dust, and burning of wood for home heating and recreational use. Air quality improvements over the past 20 years are encouraging, and work is underway to further reduce harmful emissions and protect the health of residents. That’s where PGAIR comes in.

About PGAIR

“Acceptable air quality is everyone’s right. Protecting air quality is everyone’s responsibility.”

bcclear_clean_breathing.jpgThis is the philosophy behind the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable, a multi-stakeholder non-profit society committed to research, monitoring, recommendations and implementation of air quality improvements and to public awareness and education in the Prince George airshed, with the goal of improving the air quality in the community.

PGAIR is a multi-stakeholder collaboration. It benefits from the time and expertise of those in business, industry, community groups, government, UNBC and Northern Health and from members of the public. Funding is from the City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser Fort George, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Lung Association, and all permitted emitters in the airshed, including CN Rail, Husky Energy, Lafarge, Carrier Lumber and Canfor Pulp Limited. FBC’s Upper Fraser regional office manages the programs of PGAIR.

PGAIR Phase III Implementation Plan

In November, 2011 PGAIR completed a Phase III Implementation Plan for the Prince George airshed, setting out its reduction targets for particulate matter (PM2.5) in 2013 and 2016, along with seven key strategies to achieve the targets from 2011-2016 and beyond. The strategies focus on:

  • collaboration to reduce air quality impacts from new or expanding industries
  • research and education
  • collaboration with the transportation sector to reduce emissions through best practices and technology or improved transportation planning and infrastructure
  • emissions reductions from woodburning heating systems and backyard recreational fires
  • dust reduction on streets and lots
  • reduction in vehicle emissions through alternative transportation, improved traffic flow, less idling, more efficient fleet movement and other steps
  • awards to recognize achievement in air quality practices by local businesses.

The Phase III plan, including details on the strategies and potential actions, is available on the PGAIR website: Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable Phase III Implementation Plan.

PGAir takes the lead on some strategies in the Plan. Other strategies are led by public and private sector leaders who can make decisions and take action to improve air quality in their own scope of influence or authority. The plan offers workable opportunities for the participation of industry, business and individuals across the region.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
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