October is Clean Air Month!

September 22, 2022

To pledge on behalf of UC Berkeley, please logon and sign up! 


www.cleanairday.org/pledge/youth/UCBerkeley (if you have a child and would want them to pledge too!)

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the fifth annual California Clean Air Day on and leading up to October 5, 2022, as the annual event focuses on air quality, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, which are disproportionately impacted by poor air quality. Designed around individual actions, this statewide event allows millions of participants to take part via a simple, online pledge of at least one action that will help clean our air.

“San Francisco’s East Bay may be home to world-class institutions and well-known attractions” explained Dr. Joseph Lyou, President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air. “But Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are home to many communities where poor air quality is a fact of life they experience on a year round basis. On Clean Air Day, businesses, government agencies, and individuals can all join in to make sure the benefits of breathing clean air can be shared by everyone.”

Clean Air Day is an accessible opportunity that allows for virtual and in-person participation, as well as the ability for businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations to sign up to engage their members, students, employees, and customers to encourage participation.

“The East Bay has had its challenges with air quality and unfortunately climate change is only making things worse” said Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, “the good news is that there are things all of us can do to protect our health, improve air quality and lower our carbon footprint. On and leading up to California Clean Air Day, I want to encourage everyone to do at least one thing to make our lives and our planet just a little bit better.”

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia added “California Clean Air Day has been an effective way to educate our communities on ways we can improve our air quality and protect our health, particularly in communities that are highly impacted by air pollution. Clean Air Day is about health and equity for all!”

Hosted by the Coalition for Clean Air with partners across the state, Clean Air Day is led locally by a diverse group of government, business and nonprofit representatives. Air pollution disproportionately impacts the health of people of color, low-income communities, and those who are sick, very young, or very old.

The following are lead-up events to Clean Air Day: Check out their link for further information! 


October 1, 2022   |   11:00 am - 02:00 pm | Richmond, CA

Join Bike East Bay for a relaxed ride to Richmond's beautiful Point Pinole. We will start at Richmond BART and end at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Enjoy sweeping views of San Pablo Bay and the surrounding areas.


October 2, 2022   |   01:00 pm - 03:00 pm | Oakland, CA

Through a DIY drop-in workshop with Veterans and community neighbors we will create NASA designated air filtering houseplants and made at home natural cleaners.


October 5, 2022   |   09:00 am - 01:00 pm | Richmond, CA 

Community members will take the pledge by either: volunteering at our Arbor Day celebration where we plant at least 50 trees; complete an interest form for our Adopt-a-tree program; or will be provided seeds to grow their own tree. During our tabling event we will be educating the community on the benefits of an increased tree canopy to improve air quality. 


October 7, 2022   |   08:00 am - 01:00 pm | Richmond, CA

Collaborising will be conducting a big clean (using City resources, Yellowsack, and Sims Metal) with the help of residents, as well as providing lunch and hosting a Covid-19 awareness/vaccination drive for Castro residents.


October 15, 2022   |   12:00 pm - 05:00 pm | Oakland, CA

 This event is in partnership with The West Oakland Cultural Action Network and Oakland Roots. The event will kick off with The Black Liberation Walking Tour (a historical tour of West Oakland) and then will be followed by March to the Match to celebrate an Oakland Roots game at The Commonwealth.


October 22, 2022   |   10:00 am - 02:00 pm | Fremont, CA

Citizens' Climate Lobby had the idea to celebrate a second annual Earth Day on Saturday, October 22, 6 months from April 22. Our local Silicon Valley East chapter is hosting an October Earth Day: Election Edition celebration at Fremont Central Park (Lake Elizabeth), and we'd like to invite California Clean Air Day to join us.