The air pollution where I live is defined as somewhat clean air, my city Palm Springs has a better ozone plot than the Inland Empire. However, if children suffer from allergies, then you might find the air not so clean. During the windy year, or when they are scalping the lawns or golf courses, the pollen count can be quite high. The air quality tends to get worse during the summer due to the increase of potential for wildfires fires, filling our air with fine particulates, which are most unpleasant to breathe and create short and long-term health consequences depending on the level of exposure.
The city is responding by encouraging residents to install low-cost air quality monitors in their homes to provide a more consistent network. These monitors that are on the website of “Purple Air” is set to give you minute-by-minute measurements rather than daily averages used by agencies such as SCAQMD to determine air quality.
The policies that I think it should pursue are enabling landscape programs such as adding artificial grass in the golf courses and as well as homeowner lawns, this would help reduce the levels of ozone in the air and gas consumption.
Another policy that my city should pursue is promoting energy-efficient buildings and facilities which will provide many health benefits to residents since they have fewer dangerous chemicals and are built with natural products, and it can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The benefits that my city will enjoy from these policies would be that if artificial grass were added to golf courses or any other property it will require no watering, no mowing, and no feeding, not only would people help reduce air pollution but the health and wellbeing of themselves and others.
The benefits of building energy-efficient buildings and facilities demand less power to operate and improve how much vitality is created per unit of air contamination.
The potential unintended consequences of the policies are that with energy-efficient buildings, humid air can get trapped and toxic mold can build up around the walls which can be hazardous to health. Another one would be that if you have a neighbor that smokes tobacco the pollutants can easily migrate from their unit to yours. The potential unintended consequences of the policies with the hiking trails would be that hiking at a certain altitude can lead to nausea, and mild headache, you can also increase the risk of slipping, and falling.