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Thom Carter and Andrew Gruber: Infrastructure is at the core of long-term air-quality success

You’ve likely heard one or all of these tips during our infamous inversion seasons. Each is a call to action to make a difference in our air quality. Hopefully you accepted such invitations and have become part of the solution. If each of us takes one small action to reduce our personal emissions, it makes a big difference when taken together across our communities.

But it’s not just about our choices as individuals. The way that we grow and build our communities and infrastructure matters to air quality too. For example, if housing is developed near a transit line, a trail or a job center, people will be more likely to leave their car home and commute by taking the train, bus, bike or scooter.