your voice matters

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Nothing is more important in improving our air than the voice of our citizens. Breathe Project supports and promotes the work of Breathe Collaborative members.  We empower concerned individuals to take action on their own — and spread the word to friends and neighbors.


Protect the Ambridge Reservoir, Surrounding Communities from the Shell Falcon Pipeline

The residents of Beaver County and Allegheny County (BCMAC and CPAR) have aligned with Fractracker Alliance to educate residents on the explosive risks posed by the proximity of the Shell Falcon Pipeline to a major source of drinking water, residential homes and recreational and wildlife areas.

Take the Power Back!

PennFuture’s latest campaign encourages people to switch to #cleanenergy to reduce pollution, take a stand against climate change and amplify your voice for the environment.

Solar for Shenango

ACCAN’s campaign to turn a now shuttered industrial coke plant on Neville Island into a sprawling Solar Farm.

Taking On Industrial Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires “major sources” of air pollution to obtain operating permits from the EPA or a state or local agency authorized to issue these permits. In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department in Allegheny County decides these permits. Join GASP, PennEnvironment and Environmental Integrity Project and learn more how to clear the region’s air.

Clean Air Council's Southwest Pennsylvania Neighbors for Clean Air

The Council is organizing groups of 10 neighbors each to learn about local and regional air quality problems together. The groups will build community, create local experts on air quality issues and mobilize people to take action. The goal is to form 100 groups and educate 1,000 new volunteer leaders to effectively address air pollution concerns in the region. Contact Dave Smith ([email protected]) to join a group or find out more information.

“No Idling” Diesel Campaign

Diesel exhaust poses a serious risk to Allegheny County residents, causing asthma attacks and asthma onset, coughing, chronic bronchitis, health attacks and even premature death. Work with GASP to reduce toxic diesel pollution from vehicles including school and transit buses, garbage trucks and more. Post No Idling signs at your school.


Report a Problem

In Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, report an air problem to the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (2243).


Outside Allegheny County, file a complaint with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at: (412) 442-4184
For emergencies call: (412) 442-4000 or 800-541-2050

Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed

The editorial page is one of the most widely read parts of the newspaper. A letter to the editor is usually about 100-200 words, and an op-ed is generally 600-800 words. Look up your paper’s letter submission process and carefully follow the instructions.

Reach Out

Call, email or visit your representatives at the local, state and national level and let them know what’s on your mind.

Pennsylvania Citizen Toolkit

The Environmental Integrity Project is helping citizens, advocacy groups and elected officials prepare for expanding oil and gas operations. Find facts on operations, permitting approval processes and more.

Provide Public Comment

Submitting a written comment is a way to make a powerful impact in your community. The Group Against Smog and Pollution has an excellent guide to commenting on air permits for oil and natural gas facilities.

Attend a Public Meeting

Stay up to date on public meetings, permit hearings or other events through the Breathe Project. Attending or speaking at a public meeting or hearing will help ensure your voice is heard.

Stay Informed On Legal and Policy Work

Visit PennFuture to get the latest on legal cases and legislative and regulatory work happening in Pennsylvania.

Take Action at Home

There are many small but powerful actions individuals can take to improve air quality.