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Tips to Help Scooter Spare The Air This Summer!

Hi Friends!

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time for sunny pool days, picnics, and riding bikes around your neighborhood with friends.  However, that also means that Spare The Air season is in full swing in the Sacramento region! The warm weather can create higher levels of ozone air pollution, which is also called “smog”, and it can be especially bad in the afternoon and early evening hours. Ask your parents to download the FREE, Sacramento Region Air Quality app so they can check air quality conditions to make sure air quality is good. That will help enjoy your time outside even more!!

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Scooter’s DIY Ice Cream Shoppe

Hi friends!

July is National Ice Cream Month! One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is make homemade ice cream! Check out my favorite recipe -- it is both delicious and, because you can make it at home, it helps reduce air pollution since you don’t have to drive to an ice cream shop.

With just a few ingredients and a little jiggle, you can make homemade ice cream in minutes and help Spare The Air!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rock salt
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 gallon-size zip-top bag
  • 1 pint-size zip-top bag
  • Dish towel

What you do:

  1. Start by filling the gallon-size zip-top bag with half the ice. Sprinkle half the rock salt over the ice and then place the pint-size zip-top bag inside.
  2. Now carefully measure and pour the half and half into the small pint-size bag along with the vanilla and sugar. Make sure the top is tightly sealed, kids!
  3. Place the rest of the ice around the cream-filled baggie and then sprinkle with the rest of the rock salt. Zip the top, wrap in the dish towel so your hands don’t get cold, and get ready to shake.
  4. Check the bag after two to three minutes of good shaking. Creamy ice cream should be inside!
  5. Remove the ice cream from the bag of salted ice and enjoy — right out of the bag!

For more Spare The Air tips, visit: http://sparetheair.com/takeAction/index.cfm

Email me at ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog@gmail.com, or message me on Facebook (@SpareTheAirScooter)! I would love to answer any of your Spare The Air questions!

Your pal,

-Scooter

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Eco-Friendly Summer Vacation Tips

Reduce air pollution this summer with these great eco-friendly travel tips

Hi friends,

I hope you are as excited for summer as I am! Nothing beats having a nice long break from school, except going on vacation, of course. It’s important to remember that when we visit a different area, we need to do our part to be as respectful to the air quality there as we are when we’re at home. So, here are some of my eco-friendly summer vacation tips for you to have an awesome summer vacation while helping to reduce air pollution wherever you go!

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Scooter’s Tips for Sparing The Air This Summer

Ways families can reduce their impact on our air quality during the summer months

Hi friends,

Not only do the summer months bring endless sunshine and outside fun, but they also mean that Spare The Air season is in full effect for the Sacramento region! Warmer weather can create higher levels of air pollution that are extremely bad for our health. Here are some of my best tips to help Spare The Air this summer:

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Earth Day Lunch Box!

Hi friends! Earth Day is a special time because we celebrate our beautiful planet. We also learn new ways to do all the things we love to do, but in a way that can help reduce air pollution too!

Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays and pizza and recess are two of my favorite things, so I decided to put my love for Earth Day, the deliciousness of pizza and the fun of recess, all in my Earth Day lunch box and share it with you!

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Happy Halloween Scooter Blog

Eco-Friendly Halloween

Hi friends, it’s me – Scooter the Spare The Air Dog! Don’t you just love the fall season? The warm colors of the trees, the cold crisp air and, of course, Halloween!

I know that when you think of Halloween, you probably think of orange, but I always think green! Many Halloween products can produce a monstrous amount of waste that can haunt our environment way beyond the eerie shadows of Halloween night.

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Back to School with Scooter

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I hope you are as excited to go back to school as I am! There are lots of things you can do this school year to help Spare The Air, including:

  • Bring a refillable water bottle every day to school 
  • Recycle your paper, plastic, and cans
  • Reuse your backpack from last year
  • Ride a bike, skateboard, scooter (my favorite) or walk to school
  • Ride the school bus or share a ride to school with a neighbor or friend

Helping Spare The Air is important for our health and for our environment. When you’re a kid, your lungs are still developing, and breathing poor air quality can damage them. Have a grown-up download the Sacramento Region Air Quality app on their phone to receive notifications when the air quality is poor and help you avoid the harmful effects of air pollution. Tell your teachers what you have learned from Scooter’s World and share these awesome Spare The Air games and activities with them by clicking here:  http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/activities/

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