May is National Clean Air Month and Asthma Awareness Month. A study funded by the EPA shows that environmental education programs are an effective tool in helping to actually improve air quality in North America. Nearly half of the surveyed institutions hosting education programs reported an improvement in air quality at their facilities due to actions taken by students, including doing service-learning projects and fostering community partnerships.
Examples include decreased levels of carbon monoxide and mold, and enactment of a policy that decreased car or bus idling. An additional 43 percent of the surveyed programs reported some kind of action was taken to improve the environment. So in case you ever wondered how valuable environmental education programs were, now you know they work.