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Protecting our blue skies for a healthy community!


Sign up to get mobile alerts (text message notifications) right to your phone when we issue press releases related to major blowing dust events, wildfire impacts or an Air Quality Index over 100. Find out more on our website: http://www.slocleanair.org/air-quality-alerts.php 

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In 2009, the SLO County APCD and many regional partners started the SLO Car Free Program. A program aimed at reducing air pollution from mobile emissions in our county. Travelers can get discounts and incentives for traveling to or around our county without their car. Find out more!

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November 22, 2017

Farewell to Larry Allen!

We say farewell to former Air Pollution Control Officer, Larry Allen, as he heads into retirement and we welcome incoming APCD, Gary Willey. Happy Retirement Larry! Thank you for dedicating over 35 years to protecting the blue skies in SLO County.  

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Welcome to Gary Willey as he moves into his new role as the SLO County APCD's Air Pollution Control Officer, following the retirement of APCO Larry Allen. Gary has worked at the APCD 27 years and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities in front of him!

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School is now in full swing and APCD has several resources and tools to help local teachers, program coordinators and parents! 

The Clean Air Ambassadors Program is a team of dedicated Cal Poly students that work for the APCD and are passionate about environmental education and inspiring future generations. The program is FREE to all educators and childcare programs. 

Their fun and interactive lessons are geared for grades K-3 and 4-6. Each lesson is part of a 3-lesson series that supplements numerous California Science Content Standards and EEI Standards. While they focus on air quality and pollution, they also promote environmental literacy and sustainable practices. 

Sign up for a presentation by visiting our website: http://www.slocleanair.org/community/teacher-resources.php

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We talk with Dora Drexler, a Supervising Air Quality Specialist in the Engineering and Compliance Divison. She fills us in on the tasks assigned to that divison, air quality investigations, our burning program and more. Want to find out more about what the local APCD regulates and how you can voice any concerns you have, listen in! 

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We talk with one of our Air Quality Specialists in the Monitoring Division, Karl Tupper, about the SLO County APCD's extensive monitoring program. 

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Join Roya Forooghi as she interviews the APCD's Gary Arcemont and Meghan Field regarding the role that the agency plays during times of wildfires, how you can stay informed with the new AirAware information alerts and more. 

*NOTE: This podcast was recorded PRIOR to the Alamo, Whittier, Garza and other fires currently affecting California. 

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June 6, 2017

Civic Spark Spotlight

Join Roya Forooghi and she introduces you to Civic Spark fellow Ryan Silber and Air Quality Specialist Vice Kurkhuff as they talk about the Civic Spark program! 

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We were able to meet up with Roxanne from GleanSLO, a program of the Food Bank! Listen to learn more, and find out how you can sign up as a volunteer or donate crops from your home/business. 

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