WHEREAS, Each year, Michigan suffers its highest levels of ozone pollution from May until September, and
WHEREAS, Increased ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties affecting the elderly, children, those with asthma or other breathing problems, and people who actively exercise or work outdoors; and
WHEREAS, Small changes in our everyday activities can help reduce ground level ozone emissions, such as refraining from letting a vehicle engine idle, avoiding over filling gas tanks, and taking mass transit or other methods of transportation when available; and
WHEREAS, Casual Commute Day will focus on educating the community about air quality and ozone levels, and informing the public about all of the clean commute options that are available to them; and
WHEREAS, on Casual Commute Day residents are asked to leave their cars at home and instead take the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk to work.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2014 as Casual Commute Day in Michigan