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New Advance Program Fact Sheet - This new fact sheet can be used as a handout as you discuss the Advance Program with your area stakeholders and the public.  Fact Sheet

Open EPA Grant Opportunities

EPA Environmental Education Grants – Applications due by Feb. 2, 2015 for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.  Approximately $580,000 is expected to be available as part of this model grants program; a separate environmental education local grants program will be posted in early winter.  Learn more

Grants for Community Projects – Applications due by Dec. 10, 2014 for a variety of projects including green infrastructure, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.  Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are providing $2.5 million in funding.  Targets the following states with Advance areas:  WA, WY, MT, SC (statewide), MN (Minneapolis/St. Paul and Mankato/Rochester), TX (Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio), NE (Omaha), VA (Richmond).  More information

EPA’s Air Pollution Training Institute (APTI) - Free training resources for state/local government air quality planners, technical staff.  Includes online courses, videos, and classroom sessions on subjects such as planning/regulation development, mobile sources, basic Clean Air Act 101 topics, and more.  Take a look

AVERT Tool - New Online Training Available - AVERT is a free EPA tool to estimate air emissions benefits from state energy efficiency/renewable energy policies and programs. This new online training walks users through the AVERT Main Module with “how to” videos.  Access training  EPA also recently updated the AVERT Main Module and User Manual and added 2013 data to the Statistical Module. Learn more

Phoenix AZ Bike Share Program - Many Advance areas are promoting bike ridership to reduce motor vehicle use.  An interesting new bike share program began in Phoenix on November 25.  Learn more

Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring - $4 million. Applications due January 5, 2015. Up to 15-20 assistance agreements to assist state, local and tribal communities in identifying and profiling air toxics sources, assessing emerging measurement methods, characterizing the degree and extent of local air toxics problems, and tracking progress of air toxics reduction activities. More information: To apply.

Advance Webinar Recording Available This webinar highlighted the experience of the Austin, Texas area with early air quality planning, including as a participant in Ozone Advance. It covered how the Austin area has set goals, engaged stakeholders, conducted outreach, and tracked/quantified local commitments. It also identified the types of local measures that are currently being pursued in Austin. Access recording

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funds for Ports Projects Approximately $5 million of Federal funding is available for projects to reduce emissions from drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and cargo handling equipment used in port operations. Applications due Dec 11, 2014. Learn more


The Advance Program is a collaborative effort between EPA, states, tribes, and local governments.  The program encourages expeditious emission reductions in ozone and fine particle (PM2.5) attainment areas to help these areas continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The steps taken by program participants could:

  1. Help attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,
  2. Better position areas to remain in attainment, and
  3. Efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone and fine particle problems quickly.

Basic Information - More information about the Advance Program

Eligibility - Who is eligible to participate

Participation - How to participate

Participants - Areas that have agreed to take proactive steps towards improving air quality

Measures and Programs - Actions participants can take

Resources - Useful information for participants

Frequent Questions - Frequently asked questions about the Advance Program

Map showing areas participating in Ozone and PM Advance

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