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AQMD Releases Tips on Clean Air Living Video Featuring Hollywood Celebrities

Oct. 16, 2012

The regions clean air agency has released a new video featuring local film and TV stars explaining how residents can help clean the air.

Tips on Clean Air Living, produced by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), includes interviews with 10 Los Angeles-area film and TV celebrities presenting simple steps that residents can take at home and on the road to help improve air quality.

Southland residents can play a vital role helping to reduce air pollution, said William Burke, Ed.D., AQMD Governing Board Chairman. We are going to need all 16 million residents to do their part in reducing emissions to reach our goal of clean air.

The eight-minute video, available for viewing at, premiered Oct. 12, at AQMDs 24th annual Clean Air Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Elisabeth Rhm, known for her role in the TV series Law and Order, introduces the video.  She points out that progress in the war on smog can literally be seen today in clear views of nearby mountains that in years past disappeared behind curtains of smog.

Wendie Malick, who acted in the TV series Hot in Cleveland and Fraser, explains the clean-air benefits of professional green cleaners that do not use toxic chemicals. Consumers can find a green cleaner near them by consulting a list at

Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr., known for his roles in the TV series St. Elsewhere, Arrested Development, Six Feet Under and several films, urges viewers to call AQMDs 24-hour complaint line, 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664) to report foul odors or other suspected air pollution violations.

Sharon Lawrence, who appeared on TVs NYPD Blue, One Tree Hill and Greys Anatomy, urges residents to sign up for AQMDs Clean Air Connections at to stay informed about eco-friendly technologies and products and learn about upcoming clean air activities in their community.

Paul Reiser, known for his roles on the TV series Mad About You and the films Diner and Beverly Hills Cop, points out that planting trees around your property can shade your home and reduce cooling costs by up to 20 percent.

Daphne Zuniga, who appeared in TVs Melrose Place and One Tree Hill, explains that the smoke from wildfires, responsible for a range of health impacts including increased asthma attacks, is the same as that created by burning wood in fireplaces.  She urges residents to take advantage of AQMDs Healthy Hearths discount program for converting wood-burning fireplaces to clean-burning gas logs.

Esai Manuel Morales, known for acting in the film La Bamba and TVs NYPD Blue, explains that the use of paints and other coatings emit 22 tons of smog-forming pollutants every day, more than five times the amount emitted by all of our regions oil refineries. To help reduce pollution, residents can use paints that contain no or very low amounts of smog-forming volatile organic compounds, he says.

Alexandra Paul, an electric vehicle activist and actress who appeared in the film Who Killed the Electric Car and the TV series Baywatch, notes that in California, about 30 percent of all cars on the road are at least 12 years old, and that these older vehicles are responsible for about three-quarters of all emissions from cars. Motorists can save money on fuel and help clean the air by purchasing a low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicle whether its powered by gasoline, natural gas or electricity.

Donna Mills, known for the TV series Knots Landing, and her daughter Chloe Mills, president of the Green Youth Movement organization, explain that consumers can make their homes more energy efficient, save money and help clean the air by purchasing energy efficient appliances or lighting. Energy-saving ideas are available at

Jamie Durie, known for HGTVs The Outdoor Room and PBSs The Victory Garden, recommends that homeowners take advantage of AQMDs annual lawn mower exchange to trade in their old, highly polluting gasoline mowers for an electric, zero-polluting model. Conventional gasoline mowers can pollute as much in one year as a newer car driven 20,000 miles.

More information on clean air tips including consumer rebate programs is available at

 AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

This page updated: October 16, 2012