Clean Air Day

Air pollution is a real issue both nationally and across the globe which is why the University of Birmingham is seeking innovative solutions to the problem both via research and our professional services teams.  20th June is National Clean Air Day and seeks to provide the public with more information on what they can do to lessen their impact on air quality and how best to avoid it where possible.

For the last two years we have run highly succesful events on campus showcasing our green fleet, world leading research and partnership working.  This year we are focussing on awareness raising activities for our staff, students and the local community.  Have a look below at what is planned and how you can get involved. 


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Can you leave the car at home?

One of the biggest contributors to poor air quality is car exhaust emissions.  If you currently drive to campus could you walk, cycle or take public transport to get here on Clean Air Day or one day every week?

If you would like to try cycling to work and need some support please see our cycling pages here.  In additon to all of the usual support we offer we will also be organising led commuter rides on to campus on the day to show you safer and more pleasant routes.  If you would be interested in joining one of these rides please email 

National Express will also be offering a special reduced fare on the day to encourage people on to their buses.  Keep an eye on their social media for more info.  

 In addition to this we also have 10 free preloaded Swift cards available for staff who might otherwise drive to give public transport a try.  Contact via email above.  These will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.Dan CAD pledge

Volunteer opportunity

Come and join us on a 'canal adoption' taster session to improve the canal that runs through campus and make it more attractive to walking and cycling.  We will be litter picking and planting wild flowers to improve with colleagues from the Canal and River Trust as well as our partners from Unite Students.  

We will be on the canal near the new Unite 'Battery Park' site from 10 until 2 on the day but volunteers can come for as much or as little as they like.  Event is open to staff and students.  

To register your interest please email 


World leading research

The University of Birmingham is at the forefront of research to improve air quality.  Click the links below for more info:

Find out more about The Energy Institute's involvement in the groundbreaking Tyseley Energy Park here

Read our new guide on urban air quality for built-environment practitioners. First Steps in Urban Air Quality provides an overview of air pollution sources, health impacts and management for anyone who does not have a background in air quality. It also describes how urban design and green space and vegetation can be used to lessen the impact or air pollution

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Our green fleet 

Find out more about what our Public Health researchers are doing to combat the impact of household air pollution in Rwanda by clicking here.  

Partnership working

Our contractors Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon and Bouygues are even laying on a bus for up to 80 of their staff to get to campus to reduce the number of cars on the day.  

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Get in touch

Email for more info.  

Public health blog

Dr Suzanne Bartington is a Clinical Research Fellow at University of Birmingham.  She has written a blog all about why you should consider leaving your car at home and walking or cycling on Clean Air Day and beyond.  Read the blog here: 


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