Kurt Karperos was appointed Deputy Executive Officer for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in November 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Karperos directs the efforts of CARB's scientists and engineers in the Air Quality Planning and Science Division and the Research Division. Mr. Karperos has 27 years of experience at CARB in air quality planning and program development and implementation. Mr. Karperos's responsibilities include managing CARB's scientific, technical, and planning teams as they develop the State Implementation Plans (SIPs) required by federal law to meet air quality standards for all areas of the State that exceed federal health-based air quality standards.
He also oversees CARB's research program that includes a broad portfolio of basic and applied scientific research in the health impacts of air pollution; actions to mitigate exposure to mobile source emissions in the built environment; motor vehicle emissions; field studies to identify sources of methane, a strong climate-forcing pollutant; and environmental justice. His regulatory responsibilities include California's program to reduce emissions of refrigerant gases that, like methane, have a large impact on climate and consumer products.
Mr. Karperos was part of the team that developed California's first SIP under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments for the 1-hour ozone standard. Mr. Karperos conceived and spearheaded CARB's "Vision for Clean Air: A Framework for Air Quality and Climate Planning" project to develop the tools and strategies needed to meet California's multiple air quality and climate goals in an integrated fashion. This effort now forms the basis for CARB's development of control strategies for mobile sources to simultaneously achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet ozone and particulate matter standards, California's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and to reduce community exposure to mobile source toxics.
Mr. Karperos has a Bachelor of Science in applied mechanics from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.