Oct. 16 Advance Program Webinar This webinar will highlight the extensive experience of the Austin, Texas area with early air quality planning, including the area’s current participation in Ozone Advance. You will hear about how Austin set goals, engaged stakeholders, developed an outreach plan, and established an approach for tracking/quantifying local commitments. You will also learn about the types of local measures that are currently being pursued.
Oct. 7 California Air Resources Board Webcast This seminar, entitled “The Science Behind Sustainable Communities Strategies,” will review how effective various transportation and land use strategies are at reducing vehicle miles traveled. In a multi-year project, a team of UC Davis, UC Irvine, and University of Southern California researchers examined a total of 23 strategies ranging from car-sharing services to access to bus and rail stations to changes in land use. More information
Applications Due November 3 for Dept. of Transportation Grants for Transit Planning Almost $20 million of Federal funding is expected to be available to local communities for projects that integrate land use and transportation planning (improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve access for pedestrians and bicycles, enable mixed-use development near transit, etc.) Applicants must be existing recipients of Federal Transit Administration grants. Learn more
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. Informational webinars 2 p.m. Oct 7 and Oct 16. Learn more
Coming Soon: EPA 2014 School Bus Rebate Program Approximately $3 million of Federal funding is expected to be available for school bus replacements. Application period will begin this fall.
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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:
- Help attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,
- Better position areas to remain in attainment, and
- 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