As part of an outreach and education effort, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), along with UConn Extension’s Healthy Environments for Children Initiative, has developed a children’s book on air quality, titled Casey’s Clean Air Week (flipbook, pdf).
The purpose of this book is to teach young children (approximately 4 to 7 years old) about the importance of clean air to protect both human health and the environment. The book advises children and adults of simple steps they can take to help prevent or reduce air pollution when using cars.
A companion parent/guardian/teacher guide and children’s activity book is available. The booklet includes suggestions for adults who read the book to children, activities for children to reinforce the educational messages in the book, and additional information about actions adults can take to improve air quality.
Printed copies of Casey’s Clean Air Week and companion guide are being distributed to Connecticut public and private elementary schools, libraries, day care centers, and pediatric offices. There may be a limited number of additional copies available for Connecticut educators, day care providers and pediatric offices upon request.
To request a printed copy of the book or guide, please contact the Bureau of Air Management’s Compliance Analysis & Coordination Unit at (860) 424-4152.