The Cleaner Air News
The newsletter of the Cleaner Air Partnership   
Quarterly meeting 
 Tuesday August 25, 2009

Save the Date for our next Quarterly Luncheon!

Tuesday, Aug. 25
11:30AM -1:30PM
West Sacramento Galleria
Save the Date for next Quarterly Luncheon
New CEO for Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails
Low-emissions Locomotive Project

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West Sac City Hall

Save the NEW Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Time:  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: West Sacramento City Hall Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento 
Please plan to join us for the next Cleaner Air Partnership Quarterly Luncheon on August 25th in West Sacramento where we will celebrate air quality success stories from the region - both past and present!
RSVP: Please RSVP via email to Tara Thronson or (916) 325-1630
Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails Leadership Change
Introducing: Kori Titus  
Kori TitusKori Titus took the reins as CEO of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails on July 1, 2009, following the retirement of Jane Hagedorn, CEO since 1976.

"Kori will be outstanding as CEO and I am most happy to pass this wonderful treasured non-profit into her good hands" said Jane Hagedorn, retiring CEO.  "I know that with the board of director's and her continuing leadership Breathe California will continue to thrive." Kori is only the 5th CEO in Breathe California's 92 year history.

Previously Kori served as Deputy Director.  She has been on staff since 1999 and was a volunteer for two years prior to that. Kori has been responsible for numerous areas of the association including overseeing youth programs, nationwide efforts designed to find solutions to the problem of tobacco use in entertainment productions, clean air advocacy and education, direct mail campaigns and communications activities of the association. She has 22 years of marketing and management experience in a variety of industries ranging from non-profit to information technology to hospitality. She holds two degrees from the University of California at Davis - an AB in Rhetoric and Communications and a MBA from the Graduate School of Management.

The Cleaner Air Partnership welcomes Kori Titus to her new role and looks forward to her continued support of the partnership.

Locomotive Upgrade Project Reduces Smog-forming Emissions

Upgraded locomotive now in service with nearly half the NOx and PM emission levels

Sac Air District logoThe Sacramento Air District (SMAQMD) partnered with the Bay Area Air District (BAAQMD), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and other agencies to complete the first-ever passenger locomotive engine upgrade. 

Locomotives have very large engines and are a major source of emissions of both Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), a leading precursor to the formation of ozone and Diesel Particulate Matter (PM), a toxic air contaminant known to cause cancer and aggravate various respiratory diseases.  Caltrans owns 17 locomotives that are used in passenger rail service in Northern California.  Fifteen (15) of these 3,200 horsepower locomotives emit pollutants at a level classified as "Tier 0."  General Motors Electro Motive Division (EMD) developed an upgrade kit that takes this Tier 0 engine to a much cleaner Tier 2 emission level.  This cost-effective upgrade reduces smog forming NOx emissions by 42% and toxic particulate emissions are reduced by 45%. Most of the cost was funded through grants from the California Air Resources board's Carl Moyer Program. 
The first locomotive to be upgraded was Caltrans locomotive number 2015. The upgrade was completed in May of 2009 and the locomotive went into daily service in June. This is now the lowest emission diesel heavy-rail passenger locomotive in regular service in California!
Join a celebration event for this project on Wednesday, July 22nd, 10:30AM at Amtrak's Sacramento Valley Station, 401 I Street, Sacramento, CA.  RSVP to Jessica Love at 916-239-4616.
The Cleaner Air Partnership is a joint project of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision to help the Sacramento Region meet clean air standards that protect health and promote economic growth.