SLO County Air Pollution Control District

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Old Car Buy Back Program
EV Readiness Plan
School Outreach
Celebrating 35 Years!

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January 2014

Get Some Green with the Old Car Buy Back Program!
The SLO County APCD is offering $1,000 to owners who wish to voluntarily retire their model year 1993 or older car, pick up truck or van. This incentive program is designed to accelerate the reduction of air pollution by encouraging citizens to retire older, high emitting vehicles.

Motor vehicles produce more than half of the air pollution in SLO County. Removing high emitting vehicles from the roadways helps clean the air! 

Program Requirements include:
  • Vehicles must be registered as an operable vehicle in SLO County for the past two consecutive years;
  • Vehicle must be in operating condition;
  • Vehicles within 60 days of a required smog check must take and pass their smog check. 
Additional requirements may apply. To determine whether your vehicle qualifies, please call 800-717-7624. 
Electric Vehicle Readiness

The APCD and Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) continue to make efforts to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure along the Highway 101 corridor. In January, C5 held a workshop to receive input and feedback from local city and county representatives on the final Electric Vehicle (EV) Community Readiness Plan for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

The EV Readiness Plan, which was developed by a group comprised of C5, the local air districts in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara, includes several guideline elements, for example:
  • Streamlining construction permitting and inspection processes,
  • Implementing training and education programs
  • Public charging site election,
  • Encouraging renewable energy, and, 
  • Strategies to encourage renewable energy. 
If you would like additional information on the EV Community Readiness Plan efforts, please visit C5's website

Elementary School Outreach

The APCD has again teamed up with Environmental Rap Superhero, Mr. Eco, on two presentations at local elementary schools.

APCD's mascot, Percy the Penguin, participated in a song with Mr. Eco at Nipomo Elementary and Monarch Elementary School assemblies in January. The assemblies featured Mr. Eco and the APCD's original song "When We Commute" and provided a great opportunity to promote the APCD's Clean Air Ambassador Program and general air quality awareness in a fun, youth-focused interactive way. 

The Clean Air Ambassador Program is an academic outreach program that builds on a partnership with Cal Poly students to provide environmental education to children grades k-3. The program provides science-based activities and lesson plans to elementary aged students and targets before and after-school programs. 

If you are interested in having the APCD's Clean Air Ambassador Program come to your child's school, please call the APCD at 805-781-5912. Or you can submit a presentation request form by clicking here
Kim Johnson Retires After 35 Years of Service
Kimberlee Johnson was recognized at the January Board meeting for her nearly 35 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the Air Pollution Control District.

During her tenure at the APCD, Kim evolved from a secretary handling filing and correspondence for a few staff to running all clerical functions for 23 staff, supervising and providing guidance for three of her own staff, performing as the official clerk at Board meetings and managing the overall day-to-day functions at the office. 

Kim's sharp mind, attention to detail and quick wit made her an invaluable member to the numerous APCD teams on which she served, and her long-term institutional knowledge and well-established working relationships countywide made her an integral and essential element in nearly every facet of APCD operations. 

Kim will be very missed around the office, but we are sure her other adventures, such as traveling with family and friends, going on cruises, taking up new hobbies or just relaxing with a good book or crossword puzzle will keep her busy!

Congratulations Kim!

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 [email protected]
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