EPA School Flag Program

Our School Flag Program takes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) air quality flag program into schools in the region. Students check the air quality forecast each morning and raise a flag with a color that corresponds to the forecasted level of air pollution for that day. Students, teachers, and the community can tell at a glance how dirty the air is, and can take action to protect themselves. Take a look at our School Flag Program Map, showing which locations have adopted the program. Learn more from media reports:

“Chartiers-Houston raises pollution flags,” Observer-Reporter, January 10, 2015.

“Program helps Aspinwall Catholic school students grasp importance of air quality,” Aspinwall Herald, May 7, 2014.

“Colfax elementary flags neighborhood’s air quality,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 18, 2014.

“Cecil Elementary raises ‘good air’ flag,” Observer-Reporter, December 19, 2013.

“Local School Adopts Air Quality Flag Program,” KDKA, October 1, 2013.

“EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality,” WESA, May 28, 2013.

“New flag program to alert community of air quality conditions,” WTAE, May 24, 2013.

“GASP Launches EPA’s School Flag Program,” Breathe Project Blog, May 24, 2013.

Check out some detail from an amazing mural made by students in Clairton. Learn more about our involvement with these students here.


Want the program in your school? We’re serving counties throughout Southwestern PA. Email schoolflag@gasp-pgh.org or fill out the form below!

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