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CAP Luncheon: Transportation & Infrastructure

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s December 2021 Virtual Quarterly Luncheon, attendees will learn about important regional transportation projects planned and already underway, and how they will impact air quality. RSVP Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodeCtrz0jHtIyYhhh0iHthJnNP7dO5qqi

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

CAP events are free to attend; registration is required for planning purposes. Email Adrian Rehn with any questions or call (707) 813-1913.

CAP Luncheon: Intersection of Climate & Air Quality (September 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s September 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about the intersection of air quality and climate change, with a focus on local Climate Action Plans and connectivity to the 2022 CARB Scoping Plan update. We had a great lineup of experts with diverse perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for local action that address both climate and air quality inequities. CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region.

Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, and the Healthy Air Alliance.

Guest Speakers:

  • Rajinder Sahota, Deputy Executive Officer for Climate Change and Research, CA Air Resources Board (Presentation)
  • Michael McCormick, Founder & President, Farallon Strategies (Presentation)
  • Nailah Pope-Harden, Executive Director, ClimatePlan (Presentation)

CAP Luncheon: Connecting Climate & Air Quality

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s September 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees will learn about the intersection of air quality and climate change, with a focus on Climate Action Plans. These two topics are often separated based on how each is discussed, regulated, and addressed, despite being deeply connected issues. RSVP Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElf-Cgqj4tHdEckdl-yifvxJtUhVLB21Vl

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

AP events are free to attend; registration is required for planning purposes. Email Adrian Rehn with any questions or call (707) 813-1913.

CAP Luncheon: Fire & Smoke in Sacramento (June 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s June 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about health impacts of wildfire smoke, and what local organizations are doing to address it. The event featured guest speakers, including Pat Dwyer of the El Dorado County Fire Safety Council, who presented on rural wildfire, smoke prevention and mitigation. Patrick Guild, Chief Operating Officer at Breathe Sacramento shared information on AB 661 and urban smoke emergency planning, while Vanessa Walker, DO and Medical Director for Sutter Health’s Valley Area eICU, discussed the human-scale health impacts of wildfire smoke.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, North State Building Industry Association, PG&E, Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Guest Speakers:

  • Roger “Pat” Dwyer, El Dorado County Fire Safe Council (Presentation)
  • Patrick Guild, Chief Operating Officer, Breathe California Sacramento Region (Presentation)
  • Vanessa Walker, DO, Medical Director, Valley Area eICU, Sutter Health

Federal Clean Air Advocacy Materials (April 2021)

The Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) is a unique collaboration between Breathe California Sacramento Region, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Vision, working to ensure that the region meets clean air standards that protect health, promote economic growth, and support equity.

In late April and early May 2021, CAP invited its members and stakeholders to elevate regional air quality priorities across 14 distinct “Cap-to-Cap”-style virtual advocacy meetings with Congressional representatives, Committee and Agency staff, and others to share regional priorities around three key topics: (1.) wildfire/forest health, (2.) mobility/electrification, and (3.) emissions from heavy-duty trucks. Participants in the meetings included air quality regulators, elected officials, environmental justice advocates, industry representatives, and others. The Policy Papers developed for each issue area were workshopped at a March 2021 CAP Luncheon, and can be accessed below:

Advocacy meetings were held with the following offices:

  • Senator Alex Padilla
  • Congressman John Garamendi
  • Congressman Tom McClintock
  • Congressman Ami Bera
  • Congressman Doug LaMalfa
  • Minority/Majority Senate Committee on Ag. Nutrition & Forestry, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (Majority)
  • Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works (Minority)
  • House Select Committee on Climate Crisis
  • House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Majority)
  • House Natural Resources – Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Minority)
  • USDA Forest Service, Office of Legislative Affairs
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

The Cleaner Air Partnership plans to continue its clean air advocacy activities as part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cap-to-Cap Federal advocacy program.

Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit (March 2021)

Join the effort to build an inclusive pipeline to grow green jobs in the Sacramento Region! Workforce demands are shifting across our region in response to the climate crisis, policy mandates, and economic drivers.

The Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit, which took place on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 1:00​ PM, explored how our region’s response to this critical moment will determine the roadmap for access to high-road clean economy jobs as we move to a low carbon economy.

Spearheaded by City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Dr. Alberto Ayala, this event included presentations on current climate legislation, justice and inclusion, and workforce development efforts. We also heard from a panel of youth and community members working in clean economy jobs, learn about their pathway, roadblocks, and effective supports.

More info and full agenda can be found here: https://www.valleyvision.org/projects/climate-justice-and-jobs-summit/

CAP Luncheon: Federal and State Air Quality Advocacy (March 2021)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s March 2021 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about CAP’s early plans for Federal and State advocacy, featuring a “lay of the land” overview of Federal priorities from Miles Keogh, Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), regional priorities for Federal advocacy from Erik White, Air Pollution Control Officer at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, and a digest of State-level priorities from Alberto Ayala, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer at the Sac Metro Air District.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, the Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Guest Speakers (PowerPoint Presentation linked here):

  • Miles Keogh, Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
  • Erik White, Air Pollution Control Officer at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD)
  • Alberto Ayala, Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer at the Sac Metro Air District (SMAQMD)

Cleaner Air Partnership Fact Sheet (2021)

The Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) is a unique collaboration between Breathe California Sacramento Region, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Vision, working to ensure that the region meets clean air standards that protect health, promote economic growth, and support equity. This fact sheet details the Cleaner Air Partnership’s education, advocacy and regional coordination activities and accomplishments.

Cleaner Air Partnership Luncheon: 2021 Advocacy

Registration required – RSVP here.

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s upcoming *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about and discuss air quality advocacy priorities at both the Federal and State levels.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, and the Healthy Air Alliance.

All CAP events are free to attend; registration is required for planning purposes. Email Adrian Rehn with any questions or call (707) 813-1913.

Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit

Join the effort to build an inclusive pipeline to grow green jobs in the Sacramento Region!

March 30th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Workforce demands are shifting across our region in response to the climate crisis, policy mandates, and economic drivers

The Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit, taking place on March 30th from 9 AM – 1 PM, will explore how our region’s response to this critical moment will determine the roadmap for access to quality and clean economy jobs as we move to a low carbon economy. 
 
Spearheaded by City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Dr. Alberto Ayala, this event will include presentations on current climate legislation, justice and inclusion, and workforce development efforts. We will hear from a panel of community members working in clean economy jobs, learn about their pathway, roadblocks, and effective supports. Joining the conversation will be state and regional experts who will discuss the importance of a focused effort on inclusive access to quality jobs in the Sacramento region. 

We will break out for an in-depth discussion in the following sectors:

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Built Environment

Mobility

During the break-outs, there will be a facilitated panel discussion where speakers and the audience will have an opportunity to address the current assets, future needs, and implementation strategies of each sector. 

As our region recovers from the highest unemployment on record, generating equitable, quality, clean economy jobs can be the low carbon vehicle by which our region recovers and advances into the future of work together.  We hope you can join us for this important discussion!


Summit Agenda

8:30 AM – Networking 

  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

9:00 AM – Welcome

  • Evan Schmidt | Summit Emcee and CEO, Valley Vision
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento

9:10 AM – Community Perspective 

  • Moderator – Councilmember Mai Vang | District 8, City of Sacramento 
  • Community membersSonya Montgomery, Carlos Gomez, Abe Francis, Ty Bradford, Terry Jackson, Leo Zarazua, Briseyda Perez, Angie Cha 

9:50 AM – Establishing a Baseline Understanding: Climate, Justice and Jobs

  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jennifer Venema | Interim Climate Action Lead, City of Sacramento
  • Monica Hernández | Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Jenny Lester Moffitt | Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Aida Cardenas | Deputy Director, Equity, Climate and Jobs Branch, California Workforce Development Board
  • Renee John | Regional Organizer / Workforce Project Leader, Valley Vision
  • Roy Kim | Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

10:40 AM – State and Regional look at Climate, Justice, and Jobs

  • Kip Lipper | Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of the CA Senate Pro Tem
  • Luis Sanchez | Executive Director, Community Resource Project

11:10 AM – Break

11:20 AM – Breakout Discussions 

Climate-Smart Agriculture

  • Facilitator – Glenda Humiston | Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
  • Carrie Peterson | Employer Engagement Regional Director, Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology, California Community Colleges
  • Jacob Holmes | Director of College and Career Access Pathways, Woodland Community College
  • Sri Sethuratnam | California Farm Academy Director, Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Brenda Ruiz | President, Sacramento Food Policy Council

Built Environment

  • Facilitator – Kacey Lizon | Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Programs, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Kendra Macias Reed | Deputy Director, Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Rebekah Casey | Deputy Director, Grid Alternatives
  • Matt Nootenboom | Training Director, Sacramento/Shasta Butte Area Electrical Training Center & Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • Alex Araiza | Manager of Commercial Delivery, SMUD

Mobility

  • Facilitator – Judy Robinson | Chair, Sacramento Area plug-in EV (PEV) Collaborative
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jose Bodipo-Memba | Director of Sustainable Communities, SMUD
  • Marc Doerfer | Chief Operating Officer, PemMotion
  • Chris Flores | Special Assistant to the GM, Regional Transit

12:20 PM – Breakout Session Report Out and Closing Remarks

  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento
  • Dr. Alberto Ayala | Executive Director / Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Questions? More info?  Contact Grace Kaufman at Grace.Kaufman@valleyvision.org



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CAP Luncheon: Local Air Quality and Climate Efforts (December 2020)

At the Cleaner Air Partnership’s December 2020 *Virtual* Quarterly Luncheon, attendees learned about local efforts to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions, featuring an update on implementation of the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change, an overview of the connection between cancer and air pollution from the Healthy Air Alliance, and an update on the Sacramento Neighborhoods Activating on Air Quality (SNAAQ) project – an air monitoring and environmental justice effort led by Valley Vision, WALKSacramento, Breathe California Sacramento Region, and Green Tech Education in North Sacramento and Oak Park.

CAP events are an opportunity to learn about important air quality topics affecting the Sacramento region. Thank you to the generous contributors to the Cleaner Air Partnership: Sac Metro Air District, Teichert, SMUD, Sutter Health, Union Pacific, Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, the Healthy Air Alliance, and the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Speakers (PowerPoint presentations linked):

  • Kate Meis Wright, Local Government Commission (Presentation)
  • Jennifer Venema, City of Sacramento (Presentation)
  • Jim Kennedy, Healthy Air Alliance
  • Dan Witzling, American Cancer Society Los Angeles-Central Coast (Presentation)
  • Adrian Rehn, Valley Vision (Presentation)
  • Jordan Grimaldi, WALKSacramento
  • Patrick Guild, Breathe California Sacramento Region
  • Tyrone Netters, Green Tech Education & Employment

Cleaner Air Partnership Luncheon: Rural Air Quality Issues