How Can You Reduce Your Exposure to Air Pollution ?
- Before spending prolonged periods of time outdoors, use local air monitoring resources like SJVAir to look at the air quality and plan effectively. You can also sign-up for air quality alerts from monitors near your home, work, or schools you visit.
VIP has joined a collaborative network of non-profit organizations, extending from Stockton to Bakersfield that help operate SJVAir, an interactive live map of air monitoring of the San Joaquin Valley air quality via a PM 2.5 monitoring network, including temperature and humidity levels, with the option to sign up for notifications.
Stanislaus Community Programs
In order for ahead of time preparation for qualification of the next annual state funding for the CA Assembly Bill 617– aimed to reduce local air pollution in highly impacted communities. VIP has made efforts to begin the county’s Stanislaus Community Air Monitoring Program (SCAMP) and the Stanislaus Community Emissions Reduction Plan (SCERP) programs.
Air Monitoring (SCAMP)
The air monitoring plan must be led by community members and complement existing air monitoring to enhance understanding of pollution impacts within a community
- There are 2 state regulated PM 2.5 monitors located in Modesto and Turlock. In our efforts to increase access to live air quality data in our county, VIP has added 13 other PM2.5 monitors across the county to help reflect the air quality in towns away from those 2 state regulated air monitors. Monitor collected data can be found on SJVAir
- An air quality education campaign was set out to provide the community with background education information including local sources of pollution in the Stanislaus County, and to recruit a community emissions reduction committee in preparation for the SCERP.
- In 2022, VIP hosted a series of Air Quality 101workshops in 7 disadvantaged communities across the county. The locations included
- Central Modesto
- West Modesto
- Parklawn, S Modesto
- Airport District, Modesto
Emissions Reduction Plan (SCERP)
The emission reduction plan must include a diverse committee of committed county residents to address local air quality concerns and create a community emissions reduction plan, and new actions that go beyond existing efforts to further reduce air pollution and/or protect from health impacts.
- Community emissions reduction committee was created of 12 Stanislaus community members and counting
- VIP and our committee receive direct assistance and support by San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
- VIP participates in the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ), made up of more than 70 organizations where other CERP’s are discussed
- CVAQ has created a Community Air Protection Guidebook including introductions to air pollution, and to AB 617 including directions and examples of application of the CAMP and CERP’s.
Clean Vehicle Empowerment Collaborative (CVEC)
Community-based organizations from across the San Joaquin Valley helping Valley residents overcome transportation inequities by equipping residents with extensive EV education, and aiming to bridge the financial gap to ensure residents are confident and knowledgeable when purchasing of an EV.
VIP participates in the collaborative and assists in hosting events in the Stanislaus county.
The EV Equity Program can help you plug-in to up to $20,750 in down payment assistance, rebates and tax credits to buy or lease a new EV with the range and charging options that work for you!