Partners for Clean Air Program

Welcome to the Partners for Clean Air Program!  

This is your opportunity to join the Michiana community to protect the quality of the air we breathe.  Every year, MACOG, in partnership with NIPSCO, hosts the Partners for Clean Air Award Luncheon to recognize local public and private organizations making special efforts to promote clean air practices.  

The 2015 Partners for Clean Air Awards Luncheon was held on April 29, 2015.


Air Quality Overview for Northern Indiana - Shawn Seals, IDEM - Office of Air Quality
Sustainability: Utilization of FAA VALE Grants for Geothermal Projects - Tim O'Donnell, South Bend International Airport
Bikeshare: Building a Better Community - Kären Haley, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

2015 Partners for Clean Air Award Winners:

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD): NICTD administers the South Shore Rail Line, which transports hundreds of citizens between South Bend and Chicago every day. In March 2015, the South Shore Line began running express trains, reducing this commute by approximately 40 minutes. These efforts make weekday commuting by rail a reality for many people traveling to Chicago every day and are a big step towards reducing vehicular air emissions.
Inovateus Solar, LLC: Inovateus Solar, LLC is a South Bend-based company founded in 2008 which designs and over sees the construction of solar energy projects for Fortune 500 companies, utilities, universities and municipalities all over the country. Locally, Inovateus solar energy projects include the roof of Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, the Transpo facility, and the Pokagon Community Center in Dowagiac, Mi. Projects such as these enable local businesses to reduce their “green-footprint” in a realistic manner.
The Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail: The Friends of Pumpkinvine Nature Trail are a non-profit corporation working to convert the abandoned Pumpkinvine railroad corridor into a linear park and greenway in Elkhart County. The Friends have been credited for purchasing land used for trail construction, coordinating volunteers, and even maintaining portions of the trail . In December the Friends were awarded a $300,000 matching grant to close two gaps on the trail between Middlebury and Goshen, bringing them one step closer to a completed trail and an environmentally friendly transportation alternative between communities in our region.

Previous Award Winners

Partners for Clean Air is a program for individuals and businesses alike!  Your agency can become a Partner for Clean Air...It's free and you can make a difference!

  1. To become a Partner for Clean Air merely call or email MACOG at 674-8894 or  It’s that easy to take the pledge!

  2. The critical period when weather conditions may combine with emissions to create ground-level ozone is May 1 through September 30. It is during this time that Air Quality Action Days may be declared. As a Partner for Clean Air,  you will be notified of these events. You and your employees will be encouraged to take note of  voluntary actions to minimize creation of ozone.

  3. As a Partner for Clean Air you will receive a Partner’s certificate, suitable for framing, along with educational materials to share with your employees. Several brochures, a video, and colorful logo stickers are also available. All of which are free.

  4. Annually MACOG recognize Partners' actions and voluntary programs.  We would like to recognize your group for its efforts.

Once again, it’s that easy! So take the Pledge today!

 What actions are Partners Taking on "Air Quality Action Days"?

During the summer, many of our Partners make special efforts to develop unique and effective Air Quality Action Day plans. 

“Top Ten” signs and the wearing of Partner’s T-Shirts are the order of the day when ozone alerts are called.  Other efforts include fleet owners like the City of South Bend Equipment Services limiting refueling of vehicles to before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.  The Interurban Trolley offered free rides on Air Quality Action Days. 

Many businesses have undertaken employee education on Air Quality Action Days.  Clean Air videos have been shown at staff meetings and distributed to department heads, clean air articles placed in company newsletters, and the “Top Ten Tips” posted in employee break rooms.  Employees are encouraged to brown bag it for lunch on Air Quality Action Days, as well as carpool or bike to work.

General clean air efforts have also been undertaken.   MPA Architects continues to promote clean air efforts by incorporating “green architecture” into designs so that environmentally friendly building materials can be used.

More permanent changes have also been made.  For example, Elkhart County Health Department has added a clean air education component to their informational booths for health and county fairs.  Genencor International in Elkhart developed a Sustainability Management System to reduce consumption of electricity and raw materials.  City of Goshen Utilities spearheaded the project to place permanent signs by all railroad crossings in Goshen to remind people to shut off vehicle engines while waiting for trains.

Additional public education efforts were offered at Coveleski Stadium, and Elkhart's Envirofest.

With a little creative thinking you can find ways to add clean air efforts to your workplace, too.

What actions can you take on "Air Quality Action Days" to do your part to reduce ozone?

Employee Activities:

Fleet Maintenance Activities:

Industrial Activities:

On the Road:

At Home:

If you have any questions about the Partners for Clean Air Program, please contact MACOG at (574) 674-8894 or e-mail us at

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