The Council was founded in 1967 by a group of forward-looking community leaders, policy makers, and progressive business leaders. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Council made a name for itself by the mid-1970s as the result of two major achievements: establishing and distributing a daily regional air quality index report (still used to this day); and forcing Pennsylvania to implement its vehicle emissions testing program. The Council has now grown to include 8,000 members and expanded its programmatic focus to include children’s environmental health, energy, climate change, waste and recycling, and transportation.
The mission of GASP is to improve air quality for the sake of public health. We strive to reduce pollution, educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality and encourage the community’s leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.
Our initial focus is the greater Birmingham community since it is suffering from the dirtiest air in our state, and is ranked as having the 12th dirtiest air in the country (for particle pollution) by the American Lung Association.
The magazine debuted as an online, eco-friendly magazine in February 2011 and has been well received by a wonderful community of readers. Their mission is tri-fold, to inform and educate parents and care givers, to provide attractive affordable advertising to businesses and to help the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care find forever, loving families.