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www.cleanerairpartnership.org  December 2009
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United Nations Climate Change Conference Commenced
Focus on New Global Agreement to Stabilize Greenhouse Gases
 
Climate Change Conference 2009World leaders have descended on Copenhagen, Denmark for the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) from Dec. 7-18, 2009.  The overall goal for COP15 is to establish an ambitious global climate agreement, focused on curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and reducing the rate of global warming, to replace the Kyoto Protocol agreement beginning in 2012.  
 
Yvo de Boer
, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), recently shared the fundamental items calling for an international agreement in Copenhagen:
 
1. How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
2. How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
 3. How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?
 4. How is that money going to be managed?
 
The hope is COP15 will produce a political agreement, to be transformed into a treaty as soon as possible after the conference.
 
Larry Greene, Air Pollution Control Officer for the Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District, is attending the COP15 Conference as the co-president of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).  "We want to highlight the many successful strategies thus far executed by states, local agencies and communities and ensure that our members are not preempted by federal actions or agreements from being the important player they must be to meet 2020 and especially 2050 targets," said Larry.  "My reading of the very strong scientific basis for climate action is that we owe our world and future generations a good start toward bending the climate curve downward."

For more information please visit the COP15 homepage
 
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Nominations Open for Clean Air Awards
 
Clean Air Champions to be honored at 34th Annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon
 
Clean Air Awards 2010 
 
The battle against poor air pollution in the Capital Region is being won thanks to the many businesses, individuals, agencies and organizations that go above and beyond to help make our air healthier.

If you know of an individual or organization that has been working to improve the air in the Sacramento Region, please nominate them for a Clean Air Award! Deadline for Nominations: January 29, 2010
 
The awards will be presented at the 34th Annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon on May 26, 2010.  Award Categories include: Business, Government, Citizen Group or Individual, Regional, Youth Leadership and Smart Growth.
 
Please submit an online nomination today!  For more information, please contact Judy at (916) 444-5900 ext. 209 or [email protected].
2010 Cap-to-Cap Federal Air Quality Policy Priorities
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Federal agenda to be discussed December 15, 2009
 
Government, business, and association leaders will come together Dec. 15 to develop federal air quality policy priorities for the 2010 Air Quality Cap-to-Cap team and we hope you will join in.   
 
The 2010 Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap trip is scheduled from April 17th to April 21st.  Cap-to-Cap is the largest local chamber of commerce program of its kind in the nation, bringing together business, environmental and government leaders to advocate for policies to enhance the Sacramento Region.  
 
Where: Valley Vision, 2320 Broadway, Sacramento, CA
When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
 
Please RSVP to Tara Thronson at [email protected].  For more information about the 2010 Cap-to-Cap Event, please visit the Metro Chamber's events page.
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.