Community Air Grant
The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the worst air pollution in the nation, and Valley communities have lacked meaningful engagement from agencies. Through the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP), regional air districts and the California Air Resources Board are required to work with disadvantaged communities across the state and the Valley to implement additional emissions reporting, monitoring and air pollution reduction plans.
About this Project
In addition to the disproportionate adverse health impacts from air pollution, communities most impacted by pollution face barriers to achieving improved air quality in their communities, including lack of meaningful community engagement from agencies and lack of air quality monitoring in their communities so they too can be part of the measurable progress for the region. Assembly Bill 617 created the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP), which requires the California Air Resources Board and regional air districts to develop and implement additional emissions reporting, monitoring and reduction plans in an effort to reduce air pollution exposure in the most burdened disadvantaged communities.
AB 617 seeks to ensure that all Californians benefit equitably from the State’s air quality and climate efforts, especially those who live in the areas of California most severely impacted by air pollution. In order to continue to build the capacity of California communities to participate in developing and implementing AB 617 programs, CARB created the Community Air Grants (CAG) program. The CAG program aims to provide support for community-based organizations (CBO) to participate in the AB 617 process and to build capacity to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce air pollution and exposure to harmful emissions in their communities.
CCAC’s Community Air Grant provides disadvantaged communities assistance in both understanding the sources and health impacts of local air pollution and assessing the level of burden so residents can advocate for informed mitigation strategies. Here are some examples of the work CCAC and its’ grant partners, the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, are currently doing:
Developing Reduction plan in coordination with agenicies, etc