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Welcome to Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability

The mission of Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) is to evaluate and support the development and implementation of secure and resilient energy systems and sustainable environmental practices,  while protecting the public from unnecessary radiation exposure and ensuring the State’s air is clean and safe.

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National Drive Electric Week 2018 is September 8-16, 2018.

It is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Be sure to come out! To find an event near you, visit Drive Electric Week Event Finder.

On September 7, 2018, Governor Murphy signed a proclamation announcing that September 8-16, 2018 is Drive Electric Week.

AQES launches new Climate Website

To learn how climate change is impacting New Jersey, and understand what actions the State is taking to reduce those risks, visit our new website at

NJ Receives $72.2Million from Volkswagen Federal Trust

New Jersey recently announced that it would receive $72.2 million from a federal trust created to mitigate the damages from Volkswagen’s decision to install emission cheating devices on thousands of their vehicles, harming public health and the environment.   Read the Governor’s Office press release at  For more information on the Volkswagen issue, or to suggest mitigation projects, visit

Construction Equipment Retrofit Funds Now Available

AQES’ Bureau of Mobile Sources is pleased to announce the availability of funding for construction equipment owners to install pollution control devices (retrofits) or replace their equipment.  Funding is currently available for installing pollution control devices (retrofits) on construction equipment (100% of the cost of the device and installation), or purchasing replacement equipment (up to 30% of the purchase, not to exceed $100,000).   The funding will help reduce emissions of diesel particles and improve air quality.  For more information on this program and to learn how to get started, visit:

Programs IN FOCUS

AQES’ Role in Air Quality Awareness

How often do you think about the air you breathe?  In AQES, we have an entire Division of highly-trained staff who think about New Jersey’s air all the time.  The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is responsible for ensuring that New Jersey’s air is clean and safe, from both a public health (e.g. acute and chronic health impacts) and public welfare (e.g., damage to plants and other property) perspective.  This is no small task in a heavily populated and industrialized Northeastern state, and requires a lot of moving parts to accomplish.  To that end, DAQ has scientists  that monitor the air to determine pollutant levels; meteorologists that analyze air quality emissions and the weather patterns in an effort to predict when pollutant levels will be high; engineers who work with industry to determine appropriate, or permitted, levels of emissions from their facilities; scientists and engineers who focus their attention on reducing emissions  from mobile sources such as cars and trucks; and planners who pull all this information together in an effort to determine how best to ensure the State meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

In addition to all that work, DAQ must communicate this information effectively to you, so that you understand your role in clean air, and how best to protect yourself when pollutant levels are high.  That’s the focus DAQ outreach initiatives like  Clean Air NJ and Stop the Soot.  Keeping track of New Jersey’s air quality is complicated, involving various pollutants (some of which are directly emitted and others that are formed in the atmosphere), meteorological factors (e.g., wind speeds, temperature) and sources (some of which are in state, and others that come from our neighboring states).   Communicating all this to you, and motivating you to do your part, is key to keeping New Jersey’s air clean and people safe.

In 2015, DAQ starting providing “stories” for each summer ozone exceedance (ozone is the only NAAQS that the State currently doesn’t meet).  These ”stories” use science to show, through meteorological and air quality conditions, why each exceedance looks different in terms of where ozone was formed and transported.  This was another way DAQ sought to communicate the complexity of air quality to the public. 

So as the summer kicks off, bringing ozone season into focus, take a moment to think about the air you breathe, get educated about air quality and take simple steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  Receive daily local air quality forecast by signing up for EnviroFlash, a free online system that delivers air quality information to your cell or e-mail address. For more information about DAQ and its efforts to protect New Jersey air, visit



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