About PACHA

Update – March 2017

PACHA is in the process of reviewing its strategic plan. This will commence by conducting an environmental scan of the air quality monitoring and improvement implementation efforts over the past decade and resulting impacts of those efforts over time. While it appears that the air quality has improved, progress has been slower than expected. In addition, there are emerging issues which need to be addressed.

We continue to participate as a member of the PGair Roundtable quarterly meetings. Since it is a volunteer organization, it brings the many actors who impact air quality in the City to the table. However, it does not have the authority to enforce the implementation of recommended practices. We see its primary role as a communication tool to bring issues to the table for information and discussion and provide awareness of the status of the Prince George air quality environment to the public.

In our endeavour to seek renewed actions by those residing in the Greater Prince George Area affected by the air quality, PACHA is interested in learning about your opinions, concerns, experiences and suggestions of incremental improvements which can and should be made to improve health outcomes in the community.

Please give us your thoughts by contacting us via email. You can find the contact form under the “contact us” tab on the menu above.


PACHA’s Initial Strategic Plan

Vision

PACHA believes that every individual has the right to breathe clean air and to that end will be the catalyst for achieving the best air quality in BC

Mission

Our mission is to effect improvement in air quality in the air shed of Prince George through advocacy, education, research, collaboration and such methods as the society may deem reasonable

Objectives

  • to educate the public as to an existence of an air quality problem and its harmful effects
  • to investigate air quality issues, compile research, analyze, interpret and make this information available to the public
  • to participate in processes related for improving Prince George air quality
  • to build relationships with government, industry and other organizations to improve air quality
  • to increase membership and active involvement
  • to seek funding as needed in support of our objectives

Action Plan

Educate Public:

  • Public events: CNC, UNBC, Farmers Market, PGX
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Media releases
  • Newsletter
  • School educational materials

Investigate Air Issues:

  • investigate air quality issues
  • compile /analyze health data
  • research working group
  • research best available technology
  • work with Northern health Authority, & medical officers of health
  • make information available to the public

Advocacy:

  • participate in processes; i.e. roundtable; integrative community sustainability

Build Relationships:

  • fostering open communication and exchange of information
  • membership & encouraging active involvement

Communication:

  • schedule quarterly newsletter
  • new sign up sheets
  • social
  • call out