Understanding Air Quality

Now that we’re in the middle of the summer, we’re starting to hear more and more about hazardous air quality in the Baltimore area. Air quality in the region is influenced by multiple factors, including air pollution and seasonal weather. Understanding air quality codes ensures that we are able to make the best decisions concerning our own personal health. 

So what do the color codes stand for? The colors range from green to maroon and represent various levels of health hazards.

Air quality levels are calculated daily and will change from day to day. You can find the daily air quality codes in a wide variety of sources: check your local news, listen to local radio, and check online weather sources.

It is important to recognize that air quality codes and their impact on people vary depending on a number of personal health conditions. If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, a code orange day will effect you more than an individual without a respiratory illness. Always remember to keep your personal health in mind when making decisions about how much time you will be spending outdoors.

If you’re a Loyola University Maryland student or employee, you will also get an email on days that have poor air quality. When you get these emails, please try to reduce your unnecessary energy consumption as much as possible. Make sure to stay up-to-date and check your emails!

Maryland Air Quality Maps
Baltimore Metro Area Air Quality Maps
Baltimore Sustainability: Air Quality

Project Clean Stream

Project Clean Stream successfully gathered 42 people on a Saturday morning to clean up and care for the environment around us. Focusing on the Loyola area and immediate surrounding community, 24 bags of trash were collected and properly disposed of. That’s 24 full bags of things that were dispersed across our environment. Additionally, everyone used their gardening skills to clear ivy off of native trees so that they have a chance to survive and flourish. Participants included members of biology, ecology and chemistry classes, as well as environmental activists and members of the community.

The project runs throughout Maryland annually, and is organized by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours giving back to the community and get connected with others who are doing the same.

If you’re interested in participating at Loyola’s next Project Clean Stream event in either the fall or the spring, join the Facebook group, where updates will be posted and there will be opportunities to sign up.