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Upcoming EPA Environmental Education Grants Opportunity – Will be announced in 2014.  In 2013, $2.8 million 20 grants were awarded for community energy education, multimedia learning tools, environmental health education, and hands-on K-12 environmental education programs.  More information

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

Calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities 

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

NetZero U.S. Army Sustainability Initiative  Army installations in/around your Advance area may be doing things that are worth noting in your next path forward update. 
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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:

  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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