Local Students are Air Aces; APCD Calendar Contest Winners are Here

Mark it down in your calendar, clean air is important to San Diego County students!

Four hundred and fifty-two student artists from around San Diego County—the most ever—submitted their personal artwork to the County Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) 2019 calendar contest to show the importance of clean air and how we can all fight air pollution.

Thirteen works of art were selected by APCD judges to illustrate the district’s official calendar, which the district gives out free to the public each year. Every one of the kindergarten through 12th grade student artists who sent in their work will also receive a free calendar, and all of the artwork students submitted is featured on APCD’s website for everyone to see, including their friends, family and the public.

“All the art was so great it was hard to decide which to put in the calendar,” said Bob Kard, APCD director. “We were thrilled by the number of young people who sent in their work. It really shows that protecting the environment and keeping our air clean means a lot to them.”

One of the 13 pieces selected by the judges for the 2019 calendar will grace its cover and the remaining 12 will be featured inside the calendar, one for each month.

APCD officials said they’ve printed out 1,500 calendars, most of which have been given out, and that the students’ artwork will help the district remind people how important clean air is throughout the year.

APCD invited all students in the county in September to submit their artwork by Nov. 2 to be considered for the 2019 calendar.

For more information about the Air Pollution Control District and their work to keep the county’s air clean, go to APCD’s website.


Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact