CAPCOG's Air Quality Program coordinates regional air quality planning and performs air quality technical research, especially focusing on ground-level ozone pollution. The program's planning efforts include coordinating development and implementation of voluntary regional air quality plans, providing technical assistance to organizations that participate in the air quality plans, administering regional pollution reduction grants and conducting air quality education and outreach to reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution. Technical research efforts include air quality monitoring, emissions inventory development, data analysis, modeling, and pollution control strategy evaluation. The program is funded through grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local governments.
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Ozone impact analysis earns national honor
CAPCOG earned a National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2016 Innovation Award in October for evaluating the cost of economic development opportunities in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) if the area fails to meet national air quality ozone standards.
> Read more about the national honor.
CAPCOG hosts first-ever Air Quality Awards ceremony
The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) hosted its first ever Air Central Texas (ACT) Awards in San Marcos on Nov. 4, 2017 to celebrate organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to regional air quality in Central Texas and to promote future action to support the goals of the region’s ongoing air quality planning efforts.
> Read more about the awards.
> Check out the Air Cental Texas Website.
Air quality outreach goes digital
CAPCOG launched a new online air quality campaign in September to help protect Central Texas residents from air pollution. While the region is in compliance with federal air quality standards, it can still have several days a year when air quality is still considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
> Read more about the digital campaign.
> Check out the Air Central Texas website.
TCEQ grant available, CAPCOG funds application help
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is accepting applications for the Emission Reduction Incentive Grant (ERIG) program, which funds the upgrade or replacement of trucks and non-road equipment in order to accelerate the emission reduction benefits from newer, cleaner engines. CAPCOG will assist Clean Air Coalition (CAC) members in applying to the grant program.
Grant Deadline: 5 p.m., Jan. 10, 2017
> Read more about the grant.
> Visit the TERP website to apply.
TCEQ announces grant funds for natural gas vehicles
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is still accepting applications for funding consideration under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program, part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.
Grant deadline: May 26, 2017
> Read more about the grant.
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National Clean Diesel Campaign Grant Funding (EPA)
AirCheck Texas Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance (Travis County)
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Reducing ozone together. Hear from CAPCOG Air Quality Program Manager Andrew Hoekzema on how Central Texas is curbing pollution and why everyone can help make a difference in this February 2014 KXAN-TV story.