WHEREAS, each year, Michigan suffers its highest levels of ozone pollution from May until September; and,
WHEREAS, increased ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties that affect 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 5, 2017 as Casual Commute Day in Michigan.