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Community Air Protection Program - AB617

In 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) which directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction with air districts to establish the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP). AB 617 provides a new community-focused action framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants in the communities most impacted by air pollution. 

APCD is currently accepting grant applications for CAPP emission reduction projects.  Projects are funded first-come, first-served, and must comply with the California Climate Investment Guidelines and the Carl Moyer Program Guidelines including the 2018 CAPP supplement to the Carl Moyer Guidelines.

The selection criteria is as follows:

  • Projects located in a designated low-income community to ensure at least 80% of projects are counted toward low-income communities in SLO County.
  • Projects that were identified from the community outreach meetings. 
  • Zero emission vehicles or infrastructure.
  • Other Carl Moyer eligible projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More information on the grant program and grant applications for eligible project types are provided in the links below. 

Contact APCD if you have other zero emission projects you would like to speak with us about. 

Key Elements of the Community Air Protection Program: 

Air Districts to implement outreach to low-income communites. 

  • The CAPP emphasizes the importance of implementing outreach to low-income communities. In May of 2018, the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District hosted three workshops in the low-income areas of Oceano, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles. These workshops informed the residents in low-income communities of grant monies from AB 617, explained the basics of the CAPP and the applicable project categories, as well as staff recommendations of projects. Recommended projects were well-received by community members and included those project types listed above. For the presentation that was provided at the above listed workshops, please click here
  • The CAPP also emphasizes continued outreach through project implementation. To leave a comment about staff recommended projects or any other aspects of AB 617 or CAPP, click here.

CARB to identify the most heavily burdened communities in California from consideration of air districts and self-identified nominations. 

  • On August 24, 2018, CARB released the 2018 Community Recommendations Staff Report, which included 10 communities recommended for selection.
  • Although no San Luis Obispo County communities were recommended by CARB, the Nipomo Mesa and Oceano communities were nominated by local community members and will be considered in subsequent funding years. 
  • To learn more about the nomination process, click here
  • If you would like the air district to consider a community for future CAPP funding, please comment here.

Funded Projects

The table below illustrates local projects funded through the CAPP. 

Benefitting a Low-Income Community? Project Awardee Name Brief Project Description Award Amount Provided
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District This project replaced a 1989 diesel school bus with a Bluebird 72 passenger green power all electric bus. Paso Robles Joint USD was the only school bus application received that was zero emission and located in the low-income zone.  $186,550
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District The project includes the installation of a level 3 electric vehicle chargers to power Paso Robles Joint USD new electric bus.  $255,970
Yes County Hospital Health Campus The project includes the installation of 4 level 2 electric vehicle chargers at the County Hospital on Johnson Avenue to be used for fleet purposes. $39,070
Yes Cal Poly Corporation The project includes the installation of 1 level 2 charger at the Cal Poly Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Department to be used for fleet purposes.  $18,440
Yes Paso Robles Joint Unified School District This project replaced a 1995 diesel school bus with a Bluebird 72 passenger green power all-electric bus.  $124,033

If you have questions related to the Community Air Protection Plan, contact Andy Mutziger at 805-781-5956 or Jackie Mansoor at 805-781-5743.


Funding Source Acknowledgement

The Community Air Protection Plan is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: