Clean Air Partners Celebrates 20th Anniversary Annual Celebration and Honors Best In Air

This week, Clean Air Partners celebrated 20 years of dedication to improving the greater Baltimore-Washington region’s air quality. Clean Air Partners recognized the Best In Air award winners, industry leaders for their exemplary commitment to decreasing air pollution and protecting public health.

“There have been significant improvements to our region’s air quality during Clean Air Partners’ tenure, said Clean Air Partners Board Chair, Brian O’Malley. “We are grateful to businesses and individuals alike for their tremendous commitment to changing the way we view our everyday choices. We empower our region to make small changes where they live, work, and play – while educating sensitive groups and others about how they can respond on the days we do experience poor conditions,” said Clean Air Partners Board Chair Brian O’Malley. “Recognizing the Best In Air Award winners and those who have made an impact on air quality is a highlight of our work – encouraging future leaders to continue to care about our air.”

The Best In Air Award winners were selected by public voting from a group of nearly 20 organizations up for nomination. Winners included:
  • Grid Alternatives – “Champion”: For outstanding leadership, vision, and contribution with lasting impact on our region’s air quality.
  • COPD Foundation – “Most Valuable Partner (MVP)”: For significant efforts promoting easy ways to reduce air pollution.
  • Lyft – “Trendsetter”: For exemplary efforts through innovative programs to improve air quality.


  • Clean Air Partners On the Air Student Award winners were selected based on creativity, subject matter, and uniqueness for Clean Air Partners slogan and poster contests. First-place winners included:

    Slogan Contest Winners:
  • Category 1 (grades 4-6): “Lend a Hand to Stop Pollution. Be the Solution.”, Elizabeth Kovacs, Montgomery County, MD
  • Category 2 (grades 7-8): “Don't Let Your Tomorrow Be Clouded by Today – Stop Air Pollution.”, Sarah Whitis, Fairfax County, VA


  • Poster Winners:
  • Category 1 (grades 4-6): Nuri Lim, Fairfax County, VA
  • Category 2 (grades 7-8): Vladamir Velasquez, Montgomery County, MD


  • Pepco’s Edison Gallery served as an exceptional venue for more than one hundred guests who enjoyed networking with industry leaders, winners, and interactive demonstrations from Casey Trees, Pollinator Partnership, and Urban Jungle.