Community Air Protection Program

The Butte County Air Quality Management District will participate in two online community meetings in February 2022 to discuss air quality in Butte County and to solicit input from the public on the Community Air Protection Program and funding priorities. Please see this Press Release for details.

Wednesday February 9, 2022 at 6:00pm – Butte Environmental Council’s Air Protection Forum (Air Quality Impacts on Vulnerable Communities)

District staff will join the Air Protection Forum to provide information about local air quality and to engage with community members on various topics related to air quality.

For more information and to register with the Butte Environmental Council – go to https://www.becnet.org/forums.

Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 1:30pm Butte County Air Quality Management District Community Air Protection Program Community Meeting

District staff will provide information about the District’s ongoing Community Air Protection Program, share success stories, and engage with community members on local needs and funding priorities.

Please see the Press Release for Zoom log-in information.


What is the Community Air Protection Program?

Assembly Bill (AB) 617, signed into law in July 2017, directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction with local air districts, to establish the Community Air Protection Program.  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.

The Community Air Protection Incentives are 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.


How can the community provide input?

Community members can provide input to Jason Mandly, Senior Air Quality Planner by email at jmandly@bcaqmd.org, or by phone at 530-332-9400 Extension 108.

In addition to the funding opportunity mentioned above, current and future funds may become available for projects that meet the goals of AB 617 including, but not limited to: public outreach, air monitoring, and air quality improvement projects.


What projects are in progress?

In March 2019, the District’s Governing Board approved an electric school bus replacement project with the Thermalito Union Elementary School District.

In April 2020, the District concluded a Request for Proposals for incentive projects that would meet the goals of the Community Air Protection Program. Projects were approved at the May 28, 2020 Regular Meeting of the District’s Governing Board. The following projects are being funded:

Name of Applicant Project Type Priority Population Type Project Location or Address CAP Funds Requested for Projects
Palermo Unified School District Infrastructure Low Income Community 7390 Bulldog Way Palermo, CA 95968 $49,839.00
Thermalito Union Elementary School District School Air Filtration (Nelson) Low Income Community 400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 $115,665.23
Thermalito Union Elementary School District School Air Filtration (Sierra) Disadvantaged Community 400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 $145,588.88
Chico Unified School District School Air Filtration (Chapman) Disadvantaged Community 1071 16th Street Chico, CA 95928 $350,000.00
Chico Unified School District School Composite Wood (Chapman) Disadvantaged Community 1071 16th Street Chico, CA 95928 $21,000.00
Chico Unified School District School Transportation Disadvantaged Community 2455 Carmichael Drive Chico, CA 95928 $400,000.00

In April 2021, the District concluded a Request for Proposals for incentive projects that would meet the goals of the Community Air Protection Program. Projects were approved at the April 22, 2020 Regular Meeting of the District’s Governing Board. The following projects are being funded:

Name of Applicant Project Type Priority Population Type Project Location or Address CAP Funds Requested for Projects
Palermo Unified School District Infrastructure Low Income Community 7390 Bulldog Way Palermo, CA 95968 $32,125.44
Thermalito Union Elementary School District School Bus Replacement (Diesel) Disadvantaged Community 400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 $165,000.00
Thermalito Union Elementary School District Off-Road Equipment Replacements (Diesel) Disadvantaged Community 400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 $126,902.36
Chico Unified School District School Bus Replacement (Electric) Disadvantaged Community 2455 Carmichael Drive Chico, CA 95928 $400,000.00
Chico Unified School District School Composite Wood (Chapman & McMannus) Disadvantaged Community & Low Income Community Chapman & McMannus Elementary Schools $85,596.26

Additional Resources:
State Community Air Protection Incentives 2019 Guidelines
Butte County Air Quality Management District CAP Incentives Policies and Procedures Manual

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