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June 2014 Advance Program Webinar Recording is Now Available  More information

Applications Due August 12 for EPA Grants to Tribal Agencies for Diesel Emissions Reduction Projects   Funds are available to finance tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions from vehicles, engines, and equipment.  More information

Applications Due August 4 for Federal Transit Administration Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities  Funds are available to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and to construct bus-related facilities.  More information

Applications Due July 15 for "Local Foods, Local Places" Technical Assistance for Rural Communities
The new "Local Foods, Local Places" initiative, supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, USDA, EPA, DOT, and the Delta Regional Authority, will provide technical support to help rural communities develop and implement action plans promoting local food systems. Letters of interest are due July 15. Learn More

Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities – Cooperative grant, under EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program,  to do research on using low-cost portable sensors to help communities understand and avoid air pollution exposure. Solicitation closing date: October 7, 2014. More information

Path Forward Updates – Ozone Advance annual updates are starting to come in; check the “Program Participants” page periodically to view the latest submissions.

EnviroAtlas - EPA's interactive web-based tool to help inform policy and planning decisions. Learn more.

Smart Growth and Economic Success - EPA has developed a series of reports exploring the economic advantages of smart growth for businesses, real estate developers, investors, and local governments. 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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