Scooter Youtube

Scooter, the YouTube sensation!

Hi Friends,

By now you know that my job is to teach everyone about the dangers of air pollution and all the ways we can fight it. But, did you also know that I’m a YouTube sensation?! When I’m not out and about in the community, stopping by schools, parks and other awesome events, I like to use my talents to create awesome videos that teach you ways you can help Spare The Air. If you haven’t visited my videos page, I recommend you do! I worked very hard and I’m extremely proud of them. My videos page can be found at the bottom of the Scooter’s World home page, or by clicking on the image below.

Below are individual links to my videos posted on YouTube, so you can share them easily with your family and friends!

If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next!

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter gardening

Gardening Gone Green

Hi Friends,

The temperature is getting hotter and the sun is staying out longer. I love being outside, so this is my favorite time of year. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. Plants help make clean air for us to breathe, so I always like to water my plants and even plant trees whenever I have the chance. Here are some of my favorite gardening tips that will help make sure you are gardening “green” and help Spare The Air in your neighborhood, and around your home!

  • Make your own compost. Instead of buying expensive soil and fertilizer (plant food), make your own at home by using compost. Compost is created by recycling the remaining fruits and vegetables you don’t finish from your meals. For more on how to compost, click here.
  • Use electric instead of gaspowered tools. Using gas-powered lawnmowers or weed-whackers cancels out all the good stuff we’re doing because now we are polluting the air while we do it. Always use electric or hand tools!

Scooter Electric lawn mower

  • Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides are chemicals used to get rid of bugs that harm plants. While that sounds like a good thing, pesticides actually pose a major threat to our health and also contribute to air pollution. If your family must use pesticides, use one that is a water-based solution because it’ll contribute less to smog than an oil-based pesticide.
  • Water smart. When you water your plants, try to be as efficient as possible. Focus on each individual plant and give it a nice soaking around its base. If you water lightly all over the place, the plant will train its roots to stay near the surface of the soil which makes the plant weaker. Plus, more efficient watering means more water conservation, and that helps our planet too!
  • Plant “native” plants. “Native” plants are plants that grow naturally near where we live. They usually need less water and plant food because they’re used to growing well here. Native plants are easy to find, and it means we don’t have to drive far to buy them or their seeds to plant. The less time we have to spend driving around to find plants, the less pollution we put out from our cars, and the more we reduce our carbon footprint!

For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.

You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter Quiz

Scooter’s Spare The Air Quiz

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, because I’ve shared lots of awesome tips and information with you over the years. If you think you’re a super star when it comes to knowing all about the Sacramento region’s Spare The Air campaign, take my quiz and test your knowledge!

1. What do we call the PICTURE TO THE RIGHT that helps us determine if it’s safe for us to play outside?

  1. Air Quality Chart (AQC)
  2. Scooter’s Air Quality List (SAQL)
  3. Air Quality Table (AQT)
  4. Air Quality Index (AQI)

2. Which of the following IS NOT a great way to Spare The Air?

  1. Carpooling
  2. Using a charcoal barbecue
  3. Recycling
  4. Riding your bike to school

3. Most of the air pollution in our area is caused by?

  1. Stinky breath
  2. Skunks
  3. Vehicles like cars, trucks and buses
  4. Eating vegetables

4. The Spare The Air season starts _____________ and ends _______________?

  1. Starts: Christmas Day/Ends: Thanksgiving
  2. Starts: Halloween/Ends: Valentine’s Day
  3. Starts: The first day of school/Ends: The last day of school
  4. Starts: May 1/Ends: October 31

5. True or False: Air pollution is bad for our pets too because their lungs are much smaller, which makes it even harder for them to breathe when air pollution is bad?

  1. True
  2. False

How did you do? Are you a Spare The Air expert? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check your answers!

If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I’ll be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

 

 

 

Answers: D, B, C, D, A
Scooter Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog Day (July 19th)

Hi Friends,

Did you know that Americans buy more than 837 million packages of hot dogs a year? That’s a lot of hot dogs! If there was ever a day to contribute to that number, it’s today – because it’s National Hot Dog Day! If you are planning to join in on today’s festivities, here are a few tips I’d like you to remember:

Walk, ride the bus or carpool to the store. If you don’t have hot dogs at home and need to go buy some, try to get there using public transportation or sharing a ride with a friend. The less we drive, the less we pollute the air!

Use a gas barbecue instead of a charcoal one. Nothing beats barbecued hot dogs, but it’s important we barbecue in a way that doesn’t pollute our air. Avoid using charcoal when barbecuing because it creates a lot of air pollution. Make sure to ask your mom or dad to use a gas grill instead!

Buy hot dog toppings that are locally grown. Tomatoes, onions, pickles … hot dog toppings are endless! If you like more than just ketchup on your hot dog, try to buy toppings that are locally grown. When we buy local products, we help reduce air pollution because fewer trucks have to deliver food to our area from far away.

For more air quality information, browse my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. You can use the app to check the air quality index to determine if it’s safe to barbecue!

If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next!

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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Scooter’s 4th of July Tips

Hi Friends,

It’s the 4th of July, also known as America’s birthday. If you’re like me, you’ll be celebrating today with a BBQ, lots of swimming and fireworks. While today is certainly going to be fun, let’s go over a few tips to make sure we still do our part to reduce air pollution – because, after all, it’s our country’s birthday!

Barbecue smart. Don’t use charcoal lighter fluid. It sends a lot of yucky pollutants into the sky. Ask your parents to use an electric or chimney briquette starter or better yet, use a propane grill.

Use liquid sunscreen. Sunscreens that come in lotion form are way better for the air than sprays because they don’t have the chemicals that come out of the bottle when you spray it on. This is true for most spray products. In fact, whenever you have a choice between lotions and sprays for any product, always choose the lotion.

Recycle. Always, always, ALWAYS recycle when you can. Recycling is the number one way we can help protect our planet. When you’re finished with your drink, make sure to recycle it if it’s a bottle or can.

For more air quality information, browse my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. For help downloading the app, check out my tutorial videos. You can also check my calendar to see where I’ll be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

STA Scooter Summer 2017

Spare The Air Tips for Summer Vacation

Hi Friends,

School is out and I couldn’t be more excited for you! Summer vacation is the best time of year. You get to have so much fun, see all of your friends and hopefully get to go on a vacation, too!

Despite all of the fun we’re going to have this summer, it’s important to remember we still need to pay attention to air pollution and the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a chart that tells us if we can enjoy the outdoors as usual or if we should consider staying inside because pollution levels could be harmful to our health.

We also want to make sure that when we go on vacation, we are respectful of the air there too, and still practice all of the different ways we can help reduce air pollution. Here are some Spare The Air tips for your summer:

  • Plan indoor activities. Whether you’re hanging out at home, or headed out of town for vacation, it’s always a good idea to plan fun, indoor activities to stay healthy and happy when the AQI is forecast to be unhealthy. The possibilities are endless with indoor activities! If you’re on vacation, you could go to a museum, movie or if you’re lucky, even a science center!

  • Use public transportation. Some cities, like New York, Boston and Washington D.C., have awesome subways you can ride to your destinations. Other cities have other fun ways to get around, like cable cars, light rail or double-decker buses. You can also walk, or rent a bike! If you’re going on a vacation this summer, ask your parents if there are any fun ways besides driving to get around the area when you want to explore!

  • Use reusable water bottles. Reusable water bottles are a great way to help the environment. You can fill up your bottle for FREE from the faucet or at a water fountain, so there’s no reason to go buy one at the store.
  • Pack light. Did you know that the more a plane weighs, the more air pollution it produces? While you might think a pair of shoes and a few extra shirts don’t weigh much, if everyone on the plane packed a little less, it would make a huge difference. Let’s make sure to do our part and only pack what we need when we travel this summer vacation!
  • Turn off the lights. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean we can forget some of the most basic ways to Spare The Air. Even if you’re at a big hotel, turn off the lights and electronics when you aren’t using them. When we go on vacation, we still want to be respectful of those who call our vacation destination “home.”

For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.
You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter AQI

The AQI Chart

Now that Spare The Air season is underway, I want to help you understand our most important tool for determining when air pollution can have an effect on you, and whether it’s safe for us to exercise outside. This tool is called the Air Quality Index or AQI for short.

The AQI has six categories:

  1. Hazardous is 301 to 500: The entire population is more likely to experience serious health effects and should avoid all outdoor exertion. When the AQI is 301 to 500, it means air pollution is at its worst and we want to avoid being outdoors.
  1. Very Unhealthy is 201 to 300: Everyone may experience more serious health effects and should avoid all outdoor exertion. When the AQI is 201 to 300, it means air pollution is very bad and we don’t want to do anything outside that will make us breathe heavy.
  1. Unhealthy is 151 to 200: Everyone may begin to experience some harmful health effects and should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, especially members of the sensitive groups. When the AQI is 151 to 200, it means air pollution is bad and we should try not to do anything outside that requires a lot of running or will make us really tired.
  1. Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is 101 to 150: People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk and should make sure they don’t exercise too much outside. When the AQI is 101 to 150, it means air pollution is a problem particularly for kids like us, our grandparents and our moms or friends’ moms who are pregnant. In addition, when the AQI is 126 or higher, you will hear a Spare The Air On a Spare The Air day, it’s up to us to remind our parents of ways to help reduce air pollution, such as reducing their driving (or not driving at all), carpooling or taking public transit.
  1. Moderate is 51 to 100: People who have a unique sensitivity to air pollution should consider limiting outdoor exertion. When the AQI is 51 to 100 those of us with asthma or heart or lung disease should avoid any outdoor activity that will make you tired.
  1. Good is 0 to 50: No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. When the AQI is 0 to 50, it means it’s time to smile because we can play outside all day without having to worry about air pollution. My favorite days are when the AQI is in the Good range!

For more air quality information, browse my website http://www.aqmdscooter.com/.

And, don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.

You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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STA Season is Here!

Hi Friends,

The 23rd Spare The Air season is here!

Spare The Air is a way of life that helps keep our air clean. So between now and Halloween, we all need to pitch in to help reduce air pollution, also known as smog. You can help by doing little things that will help keep the air clean for all of us to breathe.

Air pollution affects everyone, but it’s even worse for kids! You’re my friends and I want to help keep you safe. Because you’re growing, your lungs are still developing and that makes it important for you to avoid air pollution.

When air pollution is going to be bad, a Spare The Air alert will be issued. A Spare The Air alert lets us know that our air quality is going to be yucky, so we can plan ahead. If you hear a Spare The Air alert, try to avoid outdoor activities that require a lot of running or those that make you really tired.

Here are some of my favorite ways to help reduce air pollution this Spare The Air season:

  • Carpool with a friend to school

  • Plant a tree

  • Have your parents download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast, get current conditions and know when there’s a Spare The Air alert.

  • Ask your family to buy local fruits and veggies

  • Encourage your family to use public transportation

For more air quality information, browse my website: AQMDscooter.com. You can also check my event calendar to see where I’ll be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Earth Day Scooter

Earth Day

Hi Friends!

Earth Day is special because we get to celebrate our beautiful planet. We also get to learn new ways to do all the things we love to do, but in ways that help reduce air pollution. I often talk about going green and how we can accomplish that. Today, I’m sharing my five “Rs” that will help you make “green” choices too:

1. Reduce: You can help reduce air pollution by carpooling to school. Or, bike or walk. Not only will you help reduce air pollution, but biking or walking to school is a great way to get some exercise!

2. Re-use: If you’re done with a toy, don’t throw it away. Instead, donate it or pass it along to a friend or sibling. When we share, we help reduce air pollution because fewer things need to be made and delivered. You can also re-use things like water bottles and lunch boxes, so that you don’t have to throw away as much garbage.

3. Repair: If you can, try to fix something instead of buying a new one in its place. You’ll save money and help Spare The Air because you won’t have to drive a car to go buy the new item.

4. Re-purpose: When we re-purpose items, we save our money plus we get to do something fun, creative and new with things we’d otherwise throw away. For example, you can turn an old paper plate into an animal mask or an old book into a shelf on your wall.

5. Recycle: Always, always, ALWAYS recycle when you can. Recycling is the number one way we can help protect our planet.

I hope you all have a wonderful and “green” Earth Day. Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

STA Scooter where is he

Where in the community is Scooter?

Hi friends!

As you know, I like to keep extremely busy by traveling all around the counties of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo-Solano sharing my tips on how you can protect yourself and the ones you love from air pollution. Below are some of my most favorite photos taken of me and some of my buddies at super fun events over the past year. If you think you know where I am, email me your answers at ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog@gmail.com. The first perfect score will receive a 4-pack of Cinemark movie tickets. The next 99 perfect scores will win a 2-pack of Cinemark movie tickets.

P.S. You get bonus points if you know the name of the event, not just the location!

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