Air Aware School Programs

Lesson Plans (SEEd)

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Since our inception in 2010, Breathe Utah has brought the Air Aware program to over 10,000 students in grades pre-K through 12th. We teach students what air pollution is, where it comes from, how it affects the human body, and what we can do about it. Air Aware is an interactive presentation tailored to each grade level and can be delivered to individual classrooms or grade-wide assemblies. To learn more or to schedule a school visit, please complete the below form.

Program visits are conducted in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Cache Counties.

Classroom workshops are typically 40-60 minutes (as needed). Assemblies can be as short as 20 minutes, especially if used in coordination with classroom workshops.

The Air Aware Program teaches children...

  • How they, their families, and their communities produce air pollution in an effort to develop awareness of how combustion in normal activities like driving and heating homes, affect the air they breathe.
  • Awareness of how the quality of the air they breathe can positively and negatively affect their bodies and overall health.
  • How to exercise awareness, and protect themselves in episodes of poor air quality through understanding risks and managing their exposure.
  • To examine solutions — in coordination with Utah Asthma Program — with focus on tractable steps like idling reduction, installing better insulation, and using transit.
  • How we can collectively reduce the severity of air pollution during winter inversions or periods of high summer ozone
  • To explore the influences of such factors as land use, emissions control technologies, market forces, and civic process, and that air quality is the cumulative result of our entire society’s activities, and no single factor can be held responsible.
  • A reasonable sense of how they can help, immediately and in the future

Keep an eye out for our Idle Free Schools campaign. Our friends at Utah Clean Cities has kits and support for getting one underway.

Participation in Air Aware Schools and Idle Free Schools will start your school on its way to earning Utah Green School status.

Recent New Coverage of Our Air Aware Programs

High School Students Weigh In on Air Quality — Breathe Utah Holds Assembly

Highland High Channel 4

School Visit Requests 

Please send an email to  with your name, grade level, and what topics you would like covered and when. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you!