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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, and here for more information about why these neighborhoods were selected.

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.

Click here to view or download a Fact Sheet about the project.


Project Areas

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.

Events & Updates

You are invited to participate in an upcoming community listening session hosted by WALKSacramento to share your concerns about air quality in North Sacramento and Oak Park. These sessions will help to determine the placement of 20 air monitors across the two project neighborhoods.

Live translation will be available in the languages specified. Please reach out to WALKSacramento team members Kiara Reed and/or Jordan Grimaldi with any questions. If your organization sends out social media or email communications to residents of these neighborhoods, we would appreciate your help to spread the word. Click here to access a media toolkit with flyers, social media posts, and more in all four languages.

  1. Wednesday, Jan.13, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  2. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:00 7:30 PM
  3. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  4. Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

To share your preferences for monitoring sites in your community, we ask that you attend a listening session event. If you are unable, please respond to the below survey. Through this survey, residents are also invited to express their interest in serving on a Neighborhood Coalition which will review community feedback and decide on the final locations of the monitors (20 Clarity Node-S air monitors split between the project neighborhoods). Neighborhood Coalition members will be offered incentives/stipends for their participation. 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.


Project Advisory Committee

The SNAAQ project team is guided by 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 closed at 11:59 PM on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Project Advisory 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.
  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)
  • Public health expert
  • City of Sacramento representative
  • Youth representative (2)
  • Environmental justice group representative
  • Old North Sacramento/Norwood resident (2)
  • Oak Park resident (2)
  • Old North Sacramento/Norwood business representative
  • Oak Park business representative

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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