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Project Overview

In 2017, Assembly Bill 617 was signed into law, which created the Community Air Protection Program run by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The Community Air Protection Program empowers California’s most polluted communities to monitor their air quality and guide investments to reduce carbon emissions and improve public health in frontline neighborhoods.

Through this program, CARB has awarded a two-year Community Air Grant to a group of local nonprofit organizations – Valley Vision, WALKSacramento, Breathe CA Sacramento Region, and Green Tech Education – to help the Old North Sacramento/Norwood and Oak Park neighborhoods monitor their air, understand how air quality impacts health, and develop a plan to reduce exposure to air pollution. Click here to read the CARB press release announcing this grant award.

The project, called Sacramento Neighborhoods Activating on Air Quality (SNAAQ), will empower community residents, business owners and educational institutions in these two communities to identify solutions for achieving cleaner air and to take ownership of environmental decision-making processes that affect neighborhoods. The project involves four primary components: 1) air monitoring outreach and siting; 2) education; 3) community workshops; and 4) coalition building. Implementation is expected to last through March 2022.

North Sacramento: Bordered by Main Avenue in the North, Rio Linda Blvd and rail lines in the East, the American River in the South, and rail lines in the West.
Oak Park: Bordered by R Street in the North, Stockton Blvd in the East, Fruitridge Road in the South, and Franklin Blvd and Alhambra Blvd in the West.

Updates

Project Advisory Committee

The SNAAQ project team is seeking members of the community to serve on a 13-member Project Advisory Committee (PAC) to inform project implementation. The main responsibilities of the PAC are to help design an effective community engagement process, to attend regular meetings, and to encourage community participation in this project. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Once a PAC is in place, project partners will work with PAC members to begin public outreach and organize Neighborhood Coalitions in each of the two project areas. Each Coalition will meet publicly to determine the locations of ten Clarity Node-S air quality monitors for placement around their neighborhood. Monitoring will take place for one year and inform a Community Air Action Plan for each neighborhood, which will set the stage for investments to reduce emissions and improve public health.

Committee Responsibilities:

  1. Attend PAC meetings to be held every 2 months through March 2022 (remote via Zoom at this time due to public health directives).
  2. Attend public SNAAQ meetings and workshops to the best of your ability (dates and frequency TBD).
  3. Provide guidance to the SNAAQ partners on implementation to ensure adherence to the awarded proposal and the AB 617 Community Air Monitoring Blueprint (as appropriate).
  4. Provide technical expertise (as appropriate) to both the project team and Neighborhood Coalitions as they determine siting of monitors and actions to reduce pollution burden.
  5. Connect project team and Neighborhood Coalitions with residents and community leaders who can participate in the project.

Committee Structure:

  • Air monitoring expert (Sac Metro Air District)
  • Air monitoring expert (independent)
  • Sacramento County Public Health expert
  • City of Sacramento representative
  • Twin Rivers Unified School District representative
  • Sacramento City Unified School District representative
  • Environmental justice group representative
  • Old North Sacramento/Norwood resident (2)
  • Oak Park resident (2)
  • Old North Sacramento/Norwood business representative
  • Oak Park business representative

In Italics above are the PAC spaces that we invite applications for via the form below. The other members will be invited by the project team.

Sacramento Neighborhoods Activating on Air Quality (SNAAQ) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Email Adrian Rehn or call (707) 813-1913 with any questions.

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