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In the News: News from February 2019

Commute Solutions launches new look with logo, website

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The more than 1 million daily commuters who travel in the metropolitan statistical area have a new website to help them navigate their travel options as CAPCOG has relaunched CommuteSolutions.com as a one-stop resource for people seeking information about non-single occupancy vehicle travel.

The site features an enhanced user experience that lets visitors easily locate information about carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, cycling and other more sustainable commuting options instead of being one of the nearly 800,000 daily drivers who travel alone in their car. It also better highlights the benefits and steps employers can take to make their workers daily commutes a little less stressful and time consuming such as teleworking and flex-scheduling. For those wanting to better understand the impact of their daily commute and stay up-to-date on sustainable commuting options in the region, the site offers an easily accessible commute cost calculator, a ride matching and impact tracking platform — myCommuteSolutions, and news about commuting. 

CAPCOG also is in the process of enhancing the myCommuteSolutions tool to integrate more commuting options such as vanpools and park ‘n’ rides and improve the user interface. It anticipates the new tool launching in March 2019.

> Go to CommuteSolutions.com.
> Learn more about the Commute Solutions Program.

Air Quality Plan urges more emission reductions

Thursday, February 21, 2019

CAPCOG and its Central Texas Clean Air Coalition recently completed a new Regional Air Quality Plan that guides entities in addressing air pollution issues that improve or at least maintain the regions’ air quality while also reducing the negative health, social, economic and environmental impacts caused by air pollution in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The MSA includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties. The plan also hopes to maximize the potential of complying with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Outlined in the plan are six strategies for accomplishing these objectives. They include implementing emission controls, monitoring air quality, collecting and analyzing data, and conducting public outreach to educate people about limiting their emissions and lessening their exposure to harmful air pollution, and advocating for clean air quality policies. These strategies highlight specific measures entities will implement such as replacing older fleet vehicles with newer, more efficient or alternatively fueled vehicles to better control emissions and conducting public awareness campaigns about what individuals can do to reduce air pollution such as Air Central Texas, the Today’s Texas Air Quality Forecast, and Commute Solutions.

> Read the full plan.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG hosts fleet management workshop series

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is offering a two-part workshop series for fleet managers to learn how to reduce their fleets’ harmful emissions and possibly qualifying for state or federal funding to improve vehicles or purchase new ones. The workshops will be held on Feb. 26 and 27 at CAPCOG’s offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 in Austin.

The first workshop session will discuss air quality friendly best-practices for fleet managers. It will cover topics such as the Regional Air Quality Plan, emission reduction measures, fleet management policies that prioritize lowering NOx emissions that cause harmful ground level ozone, and alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Fleet related grants and how to apply for them will be discussed during the second workshop. Grant opportunities that will be covered during the workshop are those in the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, EPA’s Clean Diesel Program and the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. A panel of previous grant recipients will be available to discuss how the grants benefited their fleet programs and their success in receiving the funding.

> Register to attend.
> Learn more about the Air Quality Program.

Homeland Security trains nonprofits on grant process

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nonprofits and faith-based organizations throughout the ten-county region can learn more about the state’s 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program and its application process during a workshop at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 2019 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, in Austin.

Hosted by CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division, the workshop will address using the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) online grants portal, egrants.gov.texas.gov, to apply for the grant by the March 14 deadline. It also will provide information about the grant’s qualifications and project eligibility. The grant supports security projects for nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Its funds can be used to equip facilities with security provisions, construct or renovate facilities to enhance security, or provide security personnel with training.

> Register for the workshop.
> Review the OGG’s request for applications.

Local jurisdictions may also submit nonprofits’ contact information to the Homeland Security Division by emailing homelandsecuritystaff@capcog.org to ensure they were notified about the funding opportunity.

Air Quality Program seeks partnerships for EPA grant

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Note added Feb. 26: The EPA extended this grant's deadline for applications. In light of that, CAPCOG has extended its deadline for project submissions 5 p.m. March 8, 2019.

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is soliciting projects to include in a regional grant application for the EPA’s Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2019 to improve organizations’ chances of receiving federal grant monies.

The funding assistance program can replace older diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and fund a number of other projects that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment. By submitting multiple projects on a partnered application, the application will earn points in the scoring criteria for the community engagement and partnerships section, which could increase the likelihood of projects being funded. As a result, CAPCOG can demonstrate a greater regional impact on lowering harmful emissions and improving air quality. 

Organizations interested in partnering in the grant should review the EPA’s request for applications at epa.gov/grants/clean-diesel-funding-assistance-program-fy-2019. They then should submit a project narrative, an applicant fleet description, and a letter indicating their willingness to participate in the regional application that also indicates their experience with similar grant projects to CAPCOG.

> Submissions should be sent to Christiane Alepuz, Regional Services Program Specialist, by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.

> Call 512-916-6005 or email Alepuz with questions.
> Learn more about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

New violence against women courses available for law enforcement personnel

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) is offering a number of new and free courses for peace officers and investigators as part of its Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) training curriculum. With the first enrollment opportunities being in February and March, these courses range in topics from preparing evidences in family violence and sexual assault cases to investigating cyberstalking, human trafficking and more.

“CAPCOG was fortunate to receive a grant that allows us to bring free training to help our peace officers do a better job in serving the public,” said Randy Holmes, the RLEA director. Despite region-wide crime rates per 100,000 residents decreasing in the last decade, crimes against women are still a significant issue for the region’s growing population. From 2011 to 2017, five of the ten counties saw an increased rate in the reported sexual assaults and six counties experienced an increase rate in the reported family violence incidents. The rate of reported rape cases increased in all but one county.

Upcoming courses include Investigation of Cyberstalking on Feb. 15, Human Trafficking on March 11, and Processing the Sexual Assault Crime Scene on March 18 through March 20. A Photographing Family Violence Injuries course was offered in early February. All these courses offer TCOLE credit. RLEA will schedule more VAWA training opportunities.

> Register or find more information about individual courses.
> Learn more about RLEA.
 

CAPCOG’s RLEA offers public courses to help prevent violence against women

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy will administer courses for the public on the awareness and prevention of cyberstalking and prevention of sexual harassment, assault and rape on Feb. 14 and March 19 and 21 respectively. The free course for residents will be at CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 in Austin.

“We are very pleased to present these classes as a public service to our citizens,” said Randy Holmes, the academy’s director. “The courses can further help women be safer from crimes by raising their awareness, teaching prevention and avoidance methods, and practicing self-defense counterstrikes.”

The cyberstalking awareness and prevention course will provide information and techniques about protecting one’s self in the ever growing digital world. Anyone resident can enroll in the course, but the U.S. Office of Women’s Health and U.S. Office of Justice Programs state, one in six women experience stalking. One in four stalking victims report the crime as a form of cyberstalking to include receiving unwanted, frightening, or obscene messages or being harassed or threatened on social media.

CAPCOG is offering two Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Prevention courses.  At eight hours, these women-only courses teach women the principles and strategies for effectively reducing their likelihood of assault by increasing their security awareness. Attendees learn about confrontation avoidance and counterattacks.

> Register for the courses.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
 

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