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Five spots for Fresh Air in Big Cities!

Posted by Tia on June 26th, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer afternoon is to go to the park. There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face as you hang out in nature and recharge your batteries after a particularly taxing week. Not only are these spots relaxing, the fresh air will be a nice change from poor air quality that normally plague’s big cities. For moms with kids out of school for the summer, going to the park can be the very thing that saves our sanity! Some of America’s big cities have created the most enchanting and creative outdoor public spaces you can imagine. If you are in the vicinity, check out these great American parks:

The High Line in New York City – The High line is an abandoned rail line that was transformed into a public space! The Park runs around Manhattan’s West side and is open to the public from 7 AM to 11 PM. Not only is this a great free space to relax after a hard day at the office, you can’t beat the sweet treats that are offered up and down the rail line by street venders.

Highline Park

Highline Park

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February Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Tony on March 7th, 2013

February may be a short month, but there was no shortage of intriguing air quality posts! A wide-range of articles from around the world made this month’s Air Quality Evangelists list—and they’re some of our most diverse choices ever. Check out our favorite blog posts and learn a few tips to keep you healthy indoors and out: Continue reading

January Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Tony on February 5th, 2013

As we enter the second month of 2013, people are trying to keep up healthy habits and start the year off feeling good. Unfortunately, the flu and other health issues are making it more difficult this year. This makes understanding your indoor environment (and the air you breathe) even more important.

Our picks for this month’s Air Quality Evangelists all focus on the importance of your indoor environment and what your family can do to avoid health problems that originate there. Check out our favorite blog posts this month to learn what you can do to stay healthy! Continue reading

November Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Tony on December 5th, 2012

Each month we feature Air Quality Evangelists who offer helpful information to people regarding the importance of air quality. These Evangelists make clean air (and a healthy environment) a priority in their lives. We appreciate the information they provide, so let’s hear from November’s winners who discuss everything from allergies to reducing toxins in your home.

Scientific American Blog Network – Observations

If you haven’t heard of the Scientific American, then you’re one of the few. It’s read in print by nearly 4 million people a year and has long been a leading source for science, technology, and policy information.

Last July it launched the Scientific American Blog Network, which has quickly become the go-to hub for various editorial, community, and opinion blogs. Their wide range of topics include Energy & Sustainability, Health, Evolution, and Technology. “Observations” posts feature opinions and analysis from Scientific American editors.

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Warmer weather is increasing pollen counts across the country, and this winning “Observations” post analyzes research about climate change and its influence on seasonal allergies. Research suggests allergy issues increase significantly with climate change and will only get worse moving forward. Allergy season will start earlier and affect a larger segment of the population, so review the findings and what they mean for you. Continue reading

October Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on November 5th, 2012

Air Quality Evangelists October 2012No matter your focus this time of year, the air you breathe plays a big role. Air pollution and the environment are key factors for many voters in the upcoming Presidential Election. Hurricane Sandy caused devastating water damage and impending mold infestations for millions in the Northeast. Even the type of tailgating heater you use at the football game next weekend can impact your respiratory health. Continue reading

September Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on October 1st, 2012

Air Quality Evangelists September 2012A true quest for knowledge never ends. We can tell ourselves we know it all, but what’s the point? The internet is full of information – some true, some questionable – and to ignore that would be a tragic waste.

Each month, we highlight some of our favorite blogs and websites that are good resources for discovering more about air quality. We call them Air Quality Evangelists. You may recognize them as you surf the web, as many sport the Air Quality Evangelist badge. Continue reading

August Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on August 30th, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistAugust has been full of excitement. Kicking off with the Olympic Games, spiraling into back to school madness, and coming to a close with America’s eyes locked tight on a hurricane named Isaac.

Some of you may be hoping August never ends. Others are glad it’s coming to a close. Either way, there are just a few short days left in the month of August. It’s time to give shout-outs to our favorite blog posts during the month, written by these new Air Quality Evangelists!

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July Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on July 31st, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistsDo you ever come across a blog or website that makes you feel validated? One that answers the questions that have been burning in your head for a while, and some you hadn’t even considered? Us too.

Occasionally, we stumble upon a new website and think, “Wow…these guys get it.”

That’s why we started the Air Quality Evangelists award program. Each month, we share our favorite websites with you, including the best articles written during that month (in our opinion). These sites may focus on green living, energy efficient design, allergies – anything, really – and they show a clear appreciation for indoor air quality.

Check out the latest Air Quality Evangelists!

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June Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on June 29th, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistsLet’s face it: we don’t always have all the answers. Here at Sylvane, we know a lot about appliances that treat indoor environments.  We can tell you which dehumidifier or air purifier would work best for your space. But when it comes to the wide world of air quality, we often have to do our own research to stay on top of things.

Where do we look for information? Air Quality Evangelists.

Air Quality Evangelists are bloggers, writers and website owners who demonstrate a passion for clean, healthy air. Their sites contain reliable information about air quality – from personal accounts of living with chemical sensitivities to medical opinions about air treatment appliances. Each month, we feature a few of these Air Quality Evangelists on our blog.

We added a few more to the list!

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May Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on May 30th, 2012

It’s that time again! Each month, we give shout-outs to some of our favorite websites and blogs. These sites are written by folks who appreciate the importance of indoor air quality. Whether they suffer from allergies, have children with severe asthma, or work as respiratory therapists – everyone has a story to tell, and we want to share theirs with you.

Here are this month’s Air Quality Evangelists!

green building advisorGreen Building Advisor
Green Building Advisor is the go-to website for green builders, remodelers, and designers. Their articles are written by experts in a variety of fields – sustainability, design, energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and more. This site covers everything about green building, from product guides to building strategies. If you are in the business of building, you should definitely check them out.

Winning Post: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 4.6 million of asthma cases in the U.S. are attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. Often rain and plumbing leaks are the cause of moisture problems. In this article, Allison Bailes III (Ph.D and asthma-sufferer) discusses a scarier reason there is so much mold growth in homes: wet, moldy building materials.

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April Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on April 30th, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistWhat is an Air Quality Evangelist? This term goes to certain bloggers or writers who demonstrate a clear knowledge about and appreciation for indoor air quality. Their sites may focus on green living, energy efficiency, allergies – anything! Like the guidance on our site, the information they offer can help you better understand how your actions impact the air you breathe.

It’s time for another roundup of Air Quality Evangelists!

Go Green America TVGo Green America TV

Go Green America TV (GGATV) is an upcoming series about getting started on an eco-friendly lifestyle. Until the series launches in May, host Jeff Davis (also known as the Go Green Guy) offers online news and tips about staying green.

Winning Post: The Go Green Guy breaks down NASA’s findings about house plants that improve indoor air – which chemicals were tested, what health concerns they pose, and the top 21 plants that help clean the air around you.

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March Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on March 26th, 2012

Air Quality EvangelistsLast month, we announced the launch of our new Air Quality Evangelist program. The goal of this project is to celebrate other blogs and websites that appreciate good air quality and provide insight on how you can improve yours.

Now it’s time to announce this month’s Air Quality Evangelists!

SafeMama SafeMama

Kathy Scoleri is a web designer, author, and mother of two boys. When she was expecting her first child in 2007 – and spending hours researching Bisphenol-A, hormone mimicking chemicals, and toy recalls – she knew she couldn’t be the only parent scouring the web for this information. So she created SafeMama to keep it all in one place.

Winning Post: There are many choices you can make to Keep Toxic Chemicals Out Of Your Home. In this article, SafeMama hits some major points – from losing the shoes while inside to using HEPA-filtered vacuums.

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February Air Quality Evangelists

Posted by Allison on February 27th, 2012

Air Quality Evangelists Badge

When it comes to creating a safe and healthy indoor environment, the more you know, the better. However, sometimes online research can lead to an overwhelming amount of options.

That’s why we created the Air Quality Evangelist project!

Each month, we will scour the web for the best blogs and websites you can confidently add to your list of air treatment resources. These sites may focus on allergies, asthma, green living, air quality, anything – most importantly, they have a deep appreciation for breathing clean and healthy air. At the end of the month, we will choose our top picks and name a few Air Quality Evangelists.

An Air Quality Evangelist is someone who appreciates the importance of healthy indoor air and celebrates products and lifestyle choices that can help improve the quality of the air you breathe. Air Quality Evangelist blogs are invited to sport the Air Quality Evangelist badge so you can spot them easily.

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