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Food Miles
Mid-State Fair
GHG Reduction Plan
Eastern Co. Grant $$
Be Air Aware!
SLO Car Free Program

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July 2012

Upcoming Events:
  • July 18 -29: California Mid-State Fair
  • July 25: APCD Board Meeting
  • August 23: GHG Reduction Plan Public Workshop
  • September 29 - 30: Sunset's Savor the Central Coast
  • October: Rideshare Month & Energy Efficiency Month
  • October 18: National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day - C5's Car Show at Downtown SLO Farmers' Market
  • October 20: Energy Efficiency Expo at Veteran's Hall in San Luis Obispo

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Visit us at the Mid-State Fair!


In coordination with SLO Regional Rideshare and other transit-oriented agencies, the APCD is co-hosting a booth at the Mid-State Fair from July 18 to July 29. Stop by and see our booth and check out the great information on all the commute and transportation alternatives available in the County and we will provide giveaways to those answering questions after spinning the "Wheel of Change." 
In SLO County, mobile sources are one of the largest contributors to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal with this year's booth is to help individuals understand how their commute patterns affect air quality and increase awareness of the tools available to improve their comfort and confidence in utilizing alternative transportation.  Try out a new transportation alternative and make a step for cleaner air in your community!
Collaborative Greenhouse Gas Reduction Planning Project

The cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Paso Robles, and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) have initiated a collaborative planning effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the goals of Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32). As part of their outreach effort to the community, the group has launched a new website www.CentralCoastGHGPlanning.com where people can get relevant information about the project.


The cities and the APCD are working to prepare climate action plans to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining or improving the quality of life for residents and reducing costs for individuals and businesses. Join us on August 23 for our first Public Workshop as we introduce the project and the planning process. We will summarize the updated greenhouse gas emissions inventories, forecasts, and reduction targets and talk about realistic expectations for what the climate action plans cover and what they do not. Your input and involvement in the project is welcome! 




Grant Funding Available! 
Attention diesel fueled agricultural engine owner/operators in Eastern SLO County

On July 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will designate Eastern SLO County as non-attainment for the federal ozone standard (see map below). All diesel agricultural engines (agricultural pumps) that were once considered "remote" (one half mile from any residential area, hospital or school) will have 18 months to comply with the Stationary Agricultural Engine Regulation. 

The SLO APCD has grant funding available to replace your old diesel agricultural engines with clean burning technology; however eligibility and funding is limited. You must act quickly - grants are funded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

To apply or find out if your equipment is eligible, please visit our website at SLOCleanAir.org or call us at 805-781-5912. 
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Eastern SLO County is considered to be the area to the right of the line. 

Be Air Aware!
Interested in finding out the air quality in your area? Enviroflash is a system that can send you daily emails with the local air quality forecast. Enviroflash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and the APCD. To sign up to have the air quality forecast emailed to you, visit the APCD website and follow the instructions (if you have any questions, please call 781-5912). 

This spring, from April 30 to May 31, 2012, EPA sponsored the EnviroFlash Challenge. SLO APCD competed with other air districts and EnviroFlash partner agencies in a contest to see which air district could get the largest increase in EnviroFlash subscribers. EPA recorded the beginning totals for each participating agency beginning at 8 am on April 30 (the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week), with final numbers recorded at 8 pm on May 31, EPA awarded first, second and third place to the agencies with the highest percentage increase in new subscribers and to the agencies that signed the most subscribers. 

SLO APCD reported a 4.89% increase in EnviroFlash subscribers, which is the highest percent increase among participating California air districts. 

SLO County 4.98%
San Francisco Bay Area AQMD 0.49%
Butte County AQMD 0.47%
Yolo-Solano AQMD 0.08%
South Coast AQMD -1.11% 
Reward yourself with a car free & care free vacation!


What could be better than a train ride along the scenic California coast or through California's bountiful Central Valley to begin your vacation? Read a book instead of struggling with street maps and stubborn GPS systems. Then, hop off the train at your destination and enjoy a bike ride, easy walk or short bus ride to your hotel, enjoying your entire stay without a car and take in the sights all while saving some money?


SLO County's perfect weather, delightful cuisine, award winning wines, and breathtaking hiking and biking trails make it the perfect place to explore - car free that is. Car free, carefree travel to and within the area rewards mind, body, budget and planet and you will quickly learn why SLO is one of the happiest places on earth!


Visitors pledging to travel to or around San Luis Obispo without their cars receive special incentives from participating hotels, restaurants, transportation services and the best attractions SLO County has to offer. The SLOCarFree.org website is a one-stop-shop for information and web-links on transportation, lodging, attractions and other visitor needs.  Come visit our website, you are only one click away from a premier travel destination offering you a sustainable and environmentally friendly vacation!




Thank you for taking the time to read our e-newsletter! If you have any questions regarding programs of the Air Pollution Control District, please give us a call at 805-781-5912. You can also email the APCD at info@slocleanair.org. 
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