Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee
The Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on air quality in the eight-county area including Cheatham, Dickson, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. We work to encourage lifestyle changes by promoting concepts like carpooling, mass transit, and regular car maintenance. From air alert notices to finding rideshare partners, CAP is a one-stop information source connecting you with the resources you need to make smart transportation choices.
The mission of the Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee is to improve air quality in our area promoting simple changes in our daily habits that reduce pollution.
In March 2008, the EPA tightened its federal ozone standard for the first time in 10 years. Middle Tennessee is at risk of failing to meet this new standard, which could mean serious restrictions on how federal highway funds are spent. These restrictions could negatively affect economic growth in the area, which would have an impact on all Middle Tennesseans.
In addition, if we fail to reduce ozone levels, we're inviting smog into our lives, which can cause serious respiratory problems, damage plant and animal life, and greatly reduce how far we can see through the air.
We have a lot of work to do.
Because the EPA significantly strengthened its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in March 2008 for ground-level ozone, several Middle Tennessee counties are now at risk of not meeting the new standards. Working toward meeting this new standard will improve public health protection and the protection of sensitive trees and plants, fostering an overall healthier environment and increasing the quality of life in Middle Tennessee.
This is where the Clean Air Partnership comes in.
The Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee is the implementing organization for the Air Quality Alert program. We also provide a central contact point for all of the alternative transportation resources in Middle Tennessee. CAP is led by a board of directors composed of representatives from Vanderbilt University, the Metro Health Department, Nashville MTA, Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and many others.