Clean Air Coalition
Learn about the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, including its purpose, membership, initiatives and upcoming meetings.
The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, or the Clean Air Coalition, is a voluntary, unincorporated association that became affiliated with CAPCOG by a resolution adopted on Nov. 13, 2002. Its purpose:
- Facilitate the development, adoption, and implementation of clean air plans to maintain compliance with the federal eight-hour ozone standard for the Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties.
- Establish and monitor a regional effort toward the improvement of air quality.
- Develop policies and strategies that will provide guidance for each of its independent governing bodies about actions that will achieve clean air in Central Texas.
- Work cooperatively to achieve clean air standards that will protect public health and yet allow local governments the flexibility to select measures best suited to each community's needs and resources.
- Provide CAPCOG Executive Committee with recommendations for administering funding provided by local sources for the purpose of supporting the regional air quality plan or program implementation, assessment , and improvement activities in Central Texas.
The Clean Air Coalition has won a national award for its ozone-reduction efforts. > Go
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Ozone Advance, a national initiative involving states, tribes and local governments, CAPCOG's Air Quality program has worked with the Clean Air Coalition and other stakeholders to develop a new emission-reduction plan. > Go
CAC membership comprises elected officials from the five-county Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area who represent governmental parties to the Central Texas 8-hour Ozone Flex Plan, an ongoing regional initiative to reduce ozone pollution. Also known as "8-O3 Flex," the plan builds on previous initiatives such as the 1-hour O3 Flex Program and the Early Action Compact and eventually will transition to the Ozone Advance plan. All local governments that signed on to the 8-O3 Flex are members of the CAC:
- Bastrop County (Commissioner William Pina, Vice Chair)
- Caldwell County (Judge Tom Bonn)
- Hays County (Commissioner Ray Whisenant)
- Travis County (Judge Samuel Biscoe, Chair)
- Williamson County (Commissioner Ron Morrison, Vice Chair)
- City of Austin (Council Member Chris Riley)
- City of Bastrop (Council Member Ken Kesselus)
- City of Elgin (Council Member Keith Joesel)
- City of Lockhart (Mayor Lew White)
- City of Luling (Mayor Mike Hendricks)
- City of Round Rock (Mayor Alan McGraw)
- City of San Marcos (Council Member Shane Scott)
Since the 8-O3 Flex Plan's adoption, four additional jurisdictions have joined the CAC:
- City of Georgetown (Council Member Rachael Jonrowe)
- City of Cedar Park (Council Member Stephen Thomas)
- City of Sunset Valley (no representative)
- City of Taylor (no representative)
- City of Hutto (no representative)
Jurisdictions interested in joining the CAC should contact Air Quality Program Manager Andrew Hoekzema. > Go
The Clean Air Coalition meets at a time, date and place specified by the Chair, generally the second Wednesday of selected months. Meetings are open to the public and announced on CAPCOG's website once scheduled.
10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014
CAPCOG Pecan Room
6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744
Past minutes and agendas
For agendas, minutes and supporting materials from other past CAC meetings, contact Andrew Hoekzema. > Go