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SAMI Citizen Involvement

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WHAT IS SAMI AND WHY IS IT CONCERNED WITH AIR QUALITY IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS?
The Southern Appalachian Mountains Initiative (SAMI) is a broad based voluntary effort focusing on regional air quality issues and their effects on natural resources, including streams, soils, wildlife, vegetation, and visibility. Since its establishment in June 1992, SAMI has developed a mission statement, formed advisory committees, implemented an Operating Plan and Integrated Assessment Plan, and is developing strategies to protect the national parks and wilderness areas in the eight-state SAMI region.


WHY DOES SAMI NEED CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT?
Individually and collectively, we all contribute to, and are affected by, air pollution. Emissions from motor vehicles, electrical power generation, and manufacturing processes produce the bulk of the manmade pollutants in the air. Individually and collectively, we can take actions to reduce air pollution and protect our natural resources.

Citizen participation is vital to SAMI's identification of the appropriate balance between the cost of pollution control, and the quality of the environment that future generations will inherit. Since the purpose of SAMI includes identifying issues and making recommendations, citizen input is critical to the success of the Initiative.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
You have the unique opportunity to participate in public policy development regarding air quality issues in the Southern Appalachian Region by getting involved in SAMI's activities.

INSIDE SAMI:

  • Attend semi-annual public meetings
  • Provide your input
  • Interact with SAMI committees:

Public Advisory Committee educates the public about air quality and seeks public input.

Policy Committee develops and analyzes both regulatory and non-regulatory strategies.

Technical Oversight Committee provides technical expertise on how the natural resources will be affected by implementation of various proposed regulatory and non regulatory strategies.

OUTSIDE SAMI:

  • Conserve energy in the home and work place
  • Use alternate energy-efficient forms of transportation
  • Keep your motor vehicles in good operating condition
  • Do not burn yard debris and/or household trash
  • REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
  • Let state/federal officials know what air quality issues are important to you
  • Share your knowledge about the environment with your neighbors

About SAMI | Calendar | Integrated Assessment | Strategies | Actions | Outreach | Home

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS INITIATIVE

S O U T H E R N   A P P A L A C H I A N   M O U N T A I N S   I N I T I A T I V E
The Interchange Building, 59 Woodfin Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
828 251 6889

[email protected]

October, 2000

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