- October 27: C-5 Meet the Members Reception
- November 14 & 15: Sustainable Ag Expo
- November 16: APCD Board Meeting
|Coastal Dunes Dust Control Draft Rule|
The Coastal Dunes Dust Control
Draft Rule 1001 is now available for public review and comment. At the September meeting, the APCD Board discussed the proposed concepts for the rule that will require dust control mitigation measures on the coastal dunes where vehicle activity occurs. The Board also directed staff to bring Rule 1001 back at its November 16 meeting for rule adoption consideration. Public comments on the draft rule are now being solicited. In order for public comments to be incorporated into the Board packet, written comments must be submitted by November 2.
| Welcome to APCD's New Monitoring Staff!|
|Karl Tupper, Air Quality Specialist
In July, Karl joined the APCD as an Air Quality Specialist in the Monitoring Division. Before joining the APCD, Karl worked in San Francisco for 5 years, where he monitored air quality and pesticide drift and its affects on the nearby communities. Karl received his Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry from Yale and his Masters from Berkeley in Inorganic Chemistry. As an integral part of the Monitoring Division, Karl is in charge of the monitoring network in the north coast, north county and eastern portions of SLO County. He enjoys that his job allows him to get out from behind the desk and see some of the most beautiful parts of the county.
Outside of work, Karl enjoys playing the bass guitar and he and his wife enjoy cooking, trying new cuisines and hiking. Karl is very happy to now be on the Central Coast working for the APCD and out of the busy Bay Area.
Jaime Contreras, Air Quality Specialist
Mr. Contreras was hired as an Air Quality Specialist in the Monitoring Division in August of this year. Before joining the Monitoring Division, Jaime worked eight years for the San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District in their Monitoring Division. Jaime received his Associate of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from San Joaquin Valley College and holds multiple electronic and computer certificates. While at college he first became interested in air quality and improving the air we breathe. As an integral part of the Monitoring Division, Jaime is in charge of the monitoring network in San Luis Obispo and the southern portion of SLO County. He enjoys his work at the APCD, where he can experience different working environments and where each day is exciting.
Jaime is happy to be on the Central Coast where he and his wife take walks on the beach with their 2 dogs. He also enjoys spending time with his two children, attending functions, helping them with school projects and watching their sporting events.
|Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition |
Meet the Members Reception at Madonna Inn
C5 is launching the 2011 fall membership drive and will host the Annual Meet the Members Reception on October 27 at Madonna Inn. C5's mission is to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure throughout the Central Coast. The annual reception is a way for C5 to honor its members and provides an opportunity for stakeholders to network and learn about new alternative fuel technologies.
| APCD's Burn Permit Program|
With burn season quickly approaching, the APCD has made the following changes to the Agricultural and Backyard Burn Permit Program.
- Agriculture and Backyard Burn Permit fees for the 2011/2012 season are now $50.
- Burn Permit Applications are available at many locations throughout the County including all Agricultural Commissioner offices; most libraries; Avila, Cambria, San Miguel and Nipomo CSD offices and at the APCD.
- Burn Applications will no longer be available at CAL FIRE stations in SLO County.
- Visit our website to see a list of the numerous county-wide distribution locations, or to download a "mail-in only" application.
All burning requires a permit from the APCD prior to conducting the burn. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the APCD at 805.781.5912 or visit our website at SLOCleanAir.org
| Sunset's Savor the Central Coast|
| SLO Car Free teamed up with the SLO Film Festival at this year's event!
October 1 and 2 marked the 2nd Annual Sunset's Savor the Central Coast event at Santa Margarita Ranch. This year, SLO Car Free teamed up with the SLO International Film Festival with a
"Sunset Bike-In" theme. This event provided an excellent opportunity to distribute the newly developed SLO Car Free map brochure and reach the thousands of visitors attending the event. The booth featured a great Enter to Win that included giveaways from many of the SLO Car Free participating businesses, including Amtrak, who also recently developed 12,500 rack card flyers to promote the SLO Car Free Program at all stations in California serviced by the Pacific Surfliner!
You can get a copy of the SLO Car Free map by contacting us at 805-781-5912 or by visiting the APCD offices.
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|Clean Air Ambassadors Program|
|APCD gears up to launch a new kids outreach program
To build partnerships with local schools, the APCD has
developed a new school outreach program called "Clean Air Ambassadors" that further expands off partnerships with Cal Poly
and local high school environmental programs. APCD staff will train the "Clean Air Ambassadors" to oversee school activities, tr
ain mascots (Percy the Penguin and Professor Ozone), and present experiments and demonstrations to younger students.
Efforts are currently underway to secure Cal Poly students to assist with program implementation. The Clean Air Ambassador Program will focus on before and after school activities for grades K - 3. Clean Air Ambassadors will provide outreach to schools for the November 2011 to June 2012 time frame.
If you are a college or high school student interested in being one of our "Clean Air Ambassadors" we are accepting applications! Click on the job description below for more details.