The City of Pasadena Background
The city of Pasadena is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the seventeenth most populous city in the state of Texas, as well as the second-largest city in Harris County. It is a community in which concerns about pollution and public health run high. Air pollution levels in the City of Pasadena are likely to cause potential health risks for Pasadena residents. Pollution in this city is driven by many sources including: tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and toxic chemicals emitted into the air by more than 30 manufacturing facilities including; petroleum refineries, chemical plants, wastewater treatment, fertilizers production, electric power generation, and the Houston Ship Channel. Other impactful contributors to pollution at ground level on the air we breathe are coating processes, dry cleaners, gas stations, and toxic idling
Air Alliance Houston will be working with the Pasadena Community:
- Collecting community perceptions about environmental risks and safety concerns
- Engaging Pasadena residents to learn more about their community through mapping workshops that will allow us to identify pollution hotspots
- Conducting air monitoring throughout North Pasadena to measure particulate matter pollution levels
Our Project expected outcomes:
- Raise community awareness to build strong community advocates who can engage in long term-advocacy for air quality issues in North Pasadena
- Encourage more Pasadena residents to understand of air pollution issues, so we can work on solutions and make lasting improvements for the community
- Build partnerships with other organizations and non-profits with common interest in the community to strengthen the voice of the residents.
How to get involved?
- Inform other Pasadena residents about the Community Project
- Participate in community mapping workshops
- Be involved in air monitoring activities
- Help advocate for an anti-idling ordinance and other clean air policies in Pasadena
Our work to protect public health in Pasadena.
Over the last several years, the City of Pasadena has made great strides in improving its air quality. It is on our best interest to continue improving air quality. Therefore, we are studying ways that help speed the process. One of the main goals of our Pasadena Project is to establishing an ANTI IDLING ordinance in the City. According to our studies referencing the EPA, it would not only save money to city, but also valuable resources for community members. Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that minimize the amount of time drivers idle their engines. Avoiding idling time has multiple benefits including: savings in fuel and maintenance costs, improving community health, and reducing air pollution exposure. For the City of Pasadena, it would continue to build upon past actions to protect public health and resident’s access to clean air.