San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

REBATES! for Your New Alternative or Renewable Vehicle

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) offer a number of rebates, incentives and vouchers to promote the introduction of cleaner vehicles on California roads. So, if you’re looking to get a new (or used) car in the near future, seriously consider an alternative or renewable vehicle. It will save you your money and your lungs over the long term.

First thing’s first. What counts as an alternative or renewable vehicle? There are several technologies available and in development. Here are a few of our favorites:
Now for the incentive and rebates… the best part and probably the reason you’re reading this! 
Photo Source: Zero Motorcycles

CARB is sponsoring a CCSE- administered rebate program for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Whether you want to buy or lease one of these light-duty vehicles, you can get up to $2,500 through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The website has an extensive list of eligible vehicles, links to apply for the rebates easily online, project statistics, and informative FAQs.

The Drive Clean! Rebate Program, administered by the SJVAPCD, offers up to $3,000 for new vehicles purchases and leases. Check the eligible vehicle list and apply for your well-deserved rebate using this fillable W9 form. If you need more information about all these vehicles, check out this DriveClean Buying Guide. You can access a quick vehicle compare and a Plug-In EV Resource Center or even calculate your savings by rebates and incentives.

The SJVAPCD also has a Vanpool Voucher program to promote carpools for SJV residents. So many people commute 20 miles or more for work by themselves in inefficient vehicles, and this rideshare program would alleviate congestion on the roads and vehicle emissions. The incentive is worth up to $360 a year and you can apply using this fillable form. The SJVAPCD has a number of other grants and incentive programs that target improving our air quality. Check them out here!

I want. If only! The new Tesla Model X.
If you manage a fleet that only operates in California, you could be eligible for this Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Vouchers are somewhat limited, but they are worth anywhere from $6,000 to $45,000 for each qualified new hybrid or electric truck or bus you buy. Eligible vehicles can be found here and the website has information for all dealers, fleets and vehicle makers. As long as your fleet operates only in California, it is eligible for this project, no matter the size or whether it is private or public.

There is a lot to take advantage of and I suggest you look into these if you’re considering a new vehicle! The technologies are only getting better and our air seems to only be getting worse, especially with this recent drought. So, do your part!

Warning! Warning! APCD issues Air Alert

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Alert for Monday, August 19th through Wednesday, August 21st. 

What is an Air Alert?

'An Air Alert is a notification that the Valley is currently experiencing conditions that may lead to exceeding a health-based ozone (smog) standard. Air Alerts are issued Valley-wide. In addition to the negative effects on our health, ozone exceedances can also result in monetary penalties to the Valley. This would impose severe financial burdens on Valley businesses and, ultimately, our residents.When an Air Alert is called by the Air District, Valley residents and businesses are advised to put into place measures that reduce vehicle use.'

How can you help?
  • Carpool
  • Utilize other modes of transportation such as riding mass transit, walking, or bicycling
  • Bundle your errands
  • Don't let your car idle - turn it off when waiting for an extended period of time!

The SJVCEO fully supports efforts to keep the San Joaquin Valley and its

residents safe and healthy. Employees at Professional Exchange, the association management company which houses the SJVCEO, are doing their part by eating lunch in the office break room instead of using their vehicles to look for food elsewhere. Great job!



Wellness Wednesday: Houston, we have a problem

NASA Flight path over Valley, Photo from NASA
The problem being air quality in the Central Valley. It’s no surprise that the Valley has some of the worst air pollution in the state of California. One, this is a valley and pollutants happily settle in between mountain ranges. Two, this is the agricultural hub of the country (think dirty industry). Three, population continues to rise which means so does automobile use and other polluting factors. One, two, three equals bad air for you and me. 

Ewww - Jan. 22nd over Fresno, Photo from NASA
If you have seen a large plane circling the Valley, have no fear, NASA is hereNASA’s DISCOVER-AQ (short for ‘Deriving Information on Surface conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality’) mission is a $30 million effort to measure air pollution. Flights began in January and will continue through February in order to get a sampling of agricultural and vehicle traffic areas from Bakersfield to Fresno. Findings will help our local Air District get a better idea of what is floating in our air, how to better predict pollution, and lay out the next steps for improvement efforts.  

As the SJVCEO likes to say, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Let’s hope this serves as a piece to the puzzle and moves California that much closer to fixing our air quality.
Throwback! Fig and Olive, plus two siblings say 'please clean up the air for all future generations!', Photo from Fig and Olive's mom

Wellness Wednesday: The Joys of Home Ownership

My fiancé (whoa…still getting used to saying that one!) and I are a few short weeks away from closing escrow on our first home. It has been such an exciting time but the closer we get the more I feel like reality is slapping me in the face! Our home was built in 1949 and is absolutely adorable if I do say so myself; but, with age comes some serious maintenance issues. My ‘to-do’ list…wait, let’s get real…my ‘to-buy’ list is ever-growing. While I would love to purchase that gorgeous light fixture for the dining room and start in on my painting (Courtney Kalashian, you can count on the fact that there will be stripes somewhere), I have to keep reminding myself that we must start with the basics before I bankrupt my soon-to-be husband and myself.

Call me a nerd, but the one item that sits at the top of our ‘need’ list is a lawn mower and I am so stinkin’ excited! I am sure that enthusiasm will go away once I actually have to push that thing across the large expanse of grass and realize that Patrick Dempsey isn’t going to drive meoff into the sunset on the back of his mower, but I am still giddy. Maybe I am misreading my emotions and I am actually just anxious to get this process over with and have those keys in my hands. Either way, when it comes to lawn mowers there are so many options out there but I feel I am obligated to do it the right way. The SJVCEO way. The Wellness Wednesday way. And so I begin my adventures in search of the perfect electric lawn mower.

Not only are electric lawn mowers quieter than their gas counterparts (my new neighbors will love me), they are also much better for our air quality (i.e. smaller carbon footprint) which means better health for you and me. Our friends over at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District have even held electric lawn mower trade-in programs in the past in which Valley residents could replace their old gas-powered mower with a clean, electric mower for less than $100. I am hoping that in honor of me purchasing a home they will reinstate this program. Wink, wink. In the meantime, I have signed up online to receive email updates regarding this ‘Clean Green Yard Machine’ program. 

Another side bonus? Electric mowers will cost less than gas mowers in the long run. According to mowersdirect.com, summertime mowing will only cost about $5 in electric bills! No stinky gasoline. Cleaner air. Healthier lungs. More money in my pocket. Looks like I might be getting that light fixture after all!

--Maureen Hoff






Photo Credit: Mount, Thom (Producer) & Rash, Steve (Director). 1987. Can't Buy Me Love [Motion picture]/ United Sates. Apollo Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, The Mount Company.