Staying abreast of legislative activity helps keep the District visible, aware of new opportunities, and promotes policy and rules that work at a local level.  This is the District’s 2019 legislative platform:

The Board’s adoption of these priorities authorizes the District's active participation to influence local, state, and federal decision-making on legislative, administrative, regulatory and funding issues, and to support judicial advocacy consistent with the District's priorities. Using these documents as a guide, the APCO, counsel and staff will work on specific legislation, regulations and budget proposals, and respond to requests for amicus curiae support when the outcome of a pending lawsuit is likely to significantly affect a priority concern of the District.

  • Advisement and Planning.  The District participates in an advisory role to help planners and local government with complex air quality issues, including GHGs.  It is not uncommon for Districts to be CEQA commenters and to assist planners with zoning and land use; to assist in the establishment of GHG thresholds; to prevent and address air quality nuisances; and to identify potential pollution impacts to sensitive communities. 

  • Create Co-Benefits.  The District has chosen to be proactive by crafting incentive programs with GHG reduction co-benefits under its Vehicle Pollution Mitigation Program, state Carl Moyer Program, and other non-permit funded programs.  For example, the District’s 3-2-1 Go Green!  EV incentive program reduces GHGs by removing combustion vehicles from the roads and supports development of an EV charging infrastructure.  The District’s 3-2-1 Burn Clean! Wood Stove program destroys old dirty stoves, reduces black soot, a powerful climate change pollutant, and provides an option to electrify heating.  The Carl Moyer program provides options to remove dirty diesel engines from operation with cleaner engines or conversion to electric operation. 

  • GHG Rx.  Districts in California via the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) have formed a unique collaboration in the “GHG Rx” which is an exchange that identifies and makes available quality carbon credits for local mitigation projects.  In addition to participating as a Board member, the NSCAPCD has a CARB-approved GHG verifier, to review the value of proposed projects for GHG credits.

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Legislative Platform

The District supports strategic partners in various ways including endorsements for grants, program cross-advertising/promotion, program information sharing and co-development, and direct program funding.  Our valued partners include:

  • State of CA/CARB.  The passage of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires California to reduce its GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — a reduction of approximately 15 percent below emissions expected under a “business as usual” scenario. The main strategies for making these reductions are outlined in the Scoping Plan.

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The District announces its support of the Paris Climate Agreement (Agreement) and local climate mitigation efforts with District Resolution #18-04.  

Recognizing that sub-national entities such as air districts cannot formally join the Agreement itself, the District has adopted a resolution in support of the Paris Climate Agreement framework, while also integrating support for State and County climate mitigation programs, including principles of District strategic partner, the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority.  

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