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.  21st 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.

After a succesful event last year we are keen to showcase all of the brilliant work going on at University of Birmingham around air quality with another event on 21st June.  From our award winning fleet to public health research about smoking, second hand bikes and engaging talks there will be something for everyone.  

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Events programme for 21st June

On 21st June we will be there will be a range of activities to get invovled with including:

  • Take a ride in our Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and learn more about the groundbreaking research behind it
  • Find out about research taking place across the University to combat air pollution including the fuel cell technology behind the hydrogen vehicle
  • Have a go on an electric bike
  • Find out more about our transformative Green Heart project and try their VR experience
  • Get yourself a second hand bike - recycled from abandoned bikes on campus and support Birmingham Bike Project
  • Test drive an Electric Vehicle available to buy via salary sacrifice through SG Fleet
  • Find out more about the bike share scheme  coming to campus soon and sign up for memberships
  • Dr Bike service from Urban Cycles - bring your bike along for a checkup

How you can get involved?

Come down to our event on the day.  We will be located in the Staff House plaza (by Urban Cycles and Costa) from 11-4. 

If you can't make it down to the event why not visit the Clean Air Day website which is home to a wealth of information about avoiding air pollution and reducing your own impact.

Do you usually drive to work or study here at University of Birmingham?  Why not leave the car at home and try cycling, walking or public transport?  We even have some free Swift cards for staff to give public transport a try.  Get in touch for more info.

If you need to drive to the University could you car share with a colleague?  We have  a system to help you match with other colleagues and 40 priority parking bays on campus exclusively for car sharers: https://liftshare.com/uk/community/ub 

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

Birmingham to host air quality research supersite

Fuel cell research

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.  

Leave the car at home

One of the biggest contributors to air pollution is travel.  Could you reduce your impact by leaving the car at home for the day or even the whole week?

Our contractors Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall 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.  

We have Swift cards if you want to try public transport or how about cycling?  We have staff loan bikes and as the week before is National Bike Week we will be offering led rides and cycle training to help get you ready for Clean Air Day.

National Express are even offering a day's free travel on their services to celebrate Clean Air Day.  Head to www.nxbus.co.uk/cleanair for more info.

Get in touch

Clean Air Day is being organised by the Universities Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator Peter Edwards.  Email sustainabletravel@contacts.bham.ac.uk 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: https://betterhealthforall.org/2018/06/19/walk-or-cycle-to-work-on-clean-air-day/