The air in Alton is cleaner, thanks to the efforts of the city, and has been recognized for the strides it continues to make.  The acknowledgement came as local community leaders gathered Friday for the second annual Metro East Air & Health Forum in Collinsville.  The event recognizes communities making strides to clean up their own air, having an impact on the entire region.

The forum also provided a summary of the 2012 ozone season in the Metro East and addressed a variety of additional topics, including the science behind ozone and the meteorology of ozone; the use of charging stations and other energy-efficiency efforts; Madison County's Sustainability Plan; cleaner fuel alternatives and biking and walking connectivity in the Metro East region.  Amy Funk talks about some of the things about Alton's initiatives that stood out.

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In addition to Alton, the Care for Air awards were given to Belleville, Glen Carbon and America's Central Port.  The awards recognize the steps being taken by each of the communities to help improve air quality in their respective municipalities and region-wide.

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