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Community Selection Process and 2020 Community Recommendations
Each year Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) requires CARB’s governing board (Board) to consider selecting communities for participation in the Community Air Protection Program (Program). Communities are selected for developing community air monitoring systems, emissions reduction programs, or both in order to improve air quality in their community. Over the first two years of the Program, the Board selected 13 communities where these focused actions are underway.
This year, CARB staff believe it will be necessary to limit the number of additional communities brought into the program, based on Program selection criteria, prior Board direction and discussions, lessons learned, and anticipated funding levels within the 2020-2021 state budget. One of the main lessons learned is that building new community partnerships and developing and implementing effective community-focused programs takes time and resources. The initial 13 communities are setting the foundation of the Program and, in order to have a strong foundation, there must be a continued long-term resource commitment made in these existing communities. Funding is critical to successfully develop and carry out the actions that result in measurable emissions and exposure reductions in both the existing and new communities; however, state budget resources in the coming fiscal year will be very limited and uncertain. For these reasons, staff expects that only a very limited number of new communities will be considered for addition to the Program in 2020.
2020 Community Recommendations Staff Report
Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) requires CARB to annually consider selection of communities within which community air monitoring systems and/or community emissions reduction programs will be developed and implemented. CARB staff’s recommendations for the 2020 Community Selections is now available.
Please submit any written comments on this Staff Report by February 22, 2021, to: https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php
Click here to learn more about this year's community selection process.
CARB staff’s recommendation for 2019 community selection was consistent with the requirements for community selection specified in statute and based on a number of factors including the Governing Board’s prior direction in 2018, nominations received in 2019, lessons learned from the initial ten communities, and funding levels provided by the legislature for Program implementation.
In 2018, the CARB Board selected the first ten communities where these focused actions are to be developed. Each community has its own set of characteristics and air pollution sources and these ten communities will serve as models for focused community action in the future.
Community Nominations Received
Since February 2018 the Community Air Protection Program has been accepting community nominations for consideration for community action (air monitoring and/or emissions reduction program). Nominations have been submitted through emails, mail, or community forums (CARB Board or other community meetings). This list is dynamic and will be updated as additional community nominations are submitted.