The Cleaner Air News
The newsletter of the Cleaner Air Partnership
Bioenergy Luncheon Minutes
Clean Air Awards Luncheon will honor CAP
May is Bike Month
EPA honors Placer County biomass project

Bioenergy Luncheon Notes

The Cleaner Air Partnership hosted an informative and dynamic luncheon on March 31st at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center focused on bioenergy. 


Presentations and the meeting minutes can be found here.


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Quarterly Luncheon

Friday, June  10. 2011

Save the date for our next Quarterly Luncheon!



Friday, June 10, 2011



11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 


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www.cleanerairpartnership.orgApril 2011

Cleaner Air Partnership Has Been Named "Regional Clean Air Champion"

Tickets available for Breathe California's 35th annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon


BCSET Clean Air Awards 2011Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails has named the Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) as the 2011 winner of their annual Regional Clean Air Award. The 25-year old business-environmental partnership will be recognized at Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails' 35th Annual Clean Air Awards luncheon on May 20, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sacramento State University Union Ballroom, 6000 J Street, Sacramento. "This award is recognition of the impact the Cleaner Air Partnership has made in uniting the business, environmental, public health and government sectors together to improve the Sacramento Region's economy and public health through air quality improvement," said Bill Mueller, CEO of Valley Vision and manager of the Cleaner Air Partnership.  

Other Clean Air Champions to be recognized at the luncheon include:    

  • BUSINESS AWARD: California Northern Railroad Company
  • CITIZEN GROUP AWARD: North Natomas Transportation Management Association
  • GOVERNMENT AWARD: City of Sacramento Fleet
  • SMART GROWTH AWARD: Sacramento R Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge


Alec Loorz, the 15 year old founder of Kids vs. Global Warming, will keynote the event by sharing his message of hope and encouragement to address climate change. To attend the luncheon and join in celebrating the Clean Air Champions, tickets can be purchased for $40 each or tables of 10 with company signage for $400. Click here to purchase your tickets online today.  RSVP is requested by May 11th.  Click here for more details about the event.  


May is Bike Month!

May is Bike Month

Ride a bicycle, log miles, win prizes


Dust off the bike seat, pull out your helmet and pump up those tires - it is time to get ready for May is Bike Month!  May is Bike Month encourages residents in the six-county Sacramento Region to log commute, errand and recreation miles at and become eligible to win weekly prizes. Using active transportation, such as riding a bike, improves public health and air quality. 


According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the Sacramento Region avoided release of 488,290 pounds of global-warming CO2 into the atmosphere and saved 25,116 gallons of gasoline due to the number of commute and errand miles ridden in May 2010. 


May is Bike Month organizers encourage residents to bicycle to work, for exercise, or for errands and help the region meet the challenging goal of riding a collective two million miles in the month of May. 

Placer County APCD Recognized by U.S. EPA

Innovative biomass project receives Clean Air Excellence Award


EPA Clean Air Excellence AwardPlacer County's Forest Resource Sustainability project has received the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Excellence Award in the Community Action category.  The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program annually recognizes and honors outstanding and innovative efforts to achieve cleaner air.  The Community Action Award is bestowed upon a community public-private partnership that reduces pollutant emissions and engages a diverse group of stakeholders in efforts to improve air quality.


Rather than burning the waste collected through efforts to reduce wildfire fuel hazards, the Forest Resource Sustainability project converts the woody biomass to renewable electricity.  In the past four years the project has generated enough electricity to power more than 1,500 homes for one year, and achieved significant air pollution reductions. According to the EPA, this project stood out from the over 75 applications received for its impact, innovation and replicability.  "We are pleased that EPA has recognized our efforts at reducing both air pollution and the risks of catastrophic wild fires through the harvest, processing, and conversion of excess forest biomass into renewable energy," said Tom Christofk, Air Pollution Control Officer for the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (APCD). 


Tom Christofk will accept the award on behalf of the Placer County APCD at the 2011 Clean Air Excellence Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 2011.

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.