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Environmental Management Department 2021-2022 Fee Schedule

On May 18, 2021 the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the Environmental Management (EMD) fee package for 2021/2022, which will be effective July 1, 2021. 

​EMD provides education and inspection services to Sacramento County residents and businesses by fulfilling the department's mission to protect public health and the environment.  Services are provided across a variety of programs such as public drinking water, solid waste, business recycling, hazardous materials storage, hazardous waste generation, and retail food safety. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact us at EMD-FeeOutreach@SacCounty.net or (916) 875-8550

 

$35 Million in new funding for zero-emission projects in California!





Opens February 2021
Sac Metro Air District is forwarding this opportunity on behalf of our partners at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

VW Light Duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Funding Available: $5 million

Opens: February 2021

The funding will be available to purchase and install new charging stations for battery-electric vehicles while: 

  • Directing a minimum of 50 percent of funds to disadvantaged and low-income communities; and Expanding EV charging access statewide and closing geographic gaps in coverage. ​​ 
In advance of the solicitation, the VW administrator developed a draft guidance document and is seeking comments from interested parties. 

Deadline for feedback is January 28, 2021.  

The VW administrator will also be holding two pre-solicitation webinars where they will review the proposed criteria for eligibility, funding restrictions, and evaluation:  
  • Monday, January 11th at 10 a.m. (Register)
  • Thursday, January 21st at 3 p.m. (Register)
​Public comments and questions may also be submitted online through:

Background

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is serving as the statewide administrator of the funding for the VW Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant under contract with the California Air Resources Board. 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county Bay Area. Connect with the Air District via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

More Information
For more information on Sac Metro Air District Incentive Programs, go to AirQuality.org/Businesses/Incentive-Programs

Sac Metro Air District | ​www.airquality.org


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The excess NOx emissions caused by VW's use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in VW diesel vehicles. In California, the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine, or ZEF&M, along with four other categories will provide VW Environmental Mitigation Trust funding to eligible projects. The four other categories and the regional air quality agencies assigned to administer the funds statewide on behalf of the California Air Resources Board include: 

The California Air Resources Board estimates that the funding for all five categories will result in over 10,000 tons of NOx reductions over a 10-year period which will fully mitigate the NOx impacts caused by the VW defeat devices. 

For more information on the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust and details on eligibility requirements for the ZEF&M category, visit www.californiavwtrust.org
View the entire press release from Bay Area Air Quality Management District.​
 

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Sac Metro Air District 2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation Announcement

2021 Community Air Quality Grant Solicitation

Application process opens Monday, March 29, 2021 

The Sac Metro Air District has over $18 million in mobile source incentive funding to improve air quality in Sacramento. Most of this funding is available in Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties in partnership with the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. The application period will open on March 29, 2021 and close on May 28, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to develop their proposals now. The primary purpose of this funding is to promote zero emission equipment used instead of diesel in communities impacted by air pollution. However, applications are accepted for other categories, and one common application is used for all funding.

Eligibility and Funding Summary

Funding will be available to replace medium and heavy-duty vehicles with zero- emission trucks and buses, install low carbon fueling infrastructure, replace older farm tractors, upgrade locomotives, or complete other eligible projects. Applications are open to private companies, government agencies, and other entities to promote clean transportation and goods movement in Sacramento. Any applications not funded may be used to advocate for more funding in the future, so we request that you apply for any projects that might help achieve the goal of reducing vehicle and equipment emissions.

The District will accept applications from March 29, 2021 to May 28, 2021. Final details about the program solicitation will be posted on the website by March 29, 2021. Staff will have a Zoom webinar to discuss the program in April. Details will be made available soon. Please visit our website for more information and updates:


 

SMUD Shine Awards

Shine is a community development program designed to support and revitalize communities in the Sacramento region.

 

Shine Awards range from $5,000 to $100,000, are competitive and funding is limited. Any incorporated nonprofit organization within SMUD's service territory is eligible to apply. Shine Awards are available at three funding levels:

  • Spark (up to $10,000)
  • Amplifier (up to $50,000)
  • Transformer (up to $100,000)

While we'll consider a variety of projects, we are primarily interested in proposals in the following areas:

  • Community education related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, health and safety, technology skills and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Neighborhood revitalization or beautification
  • Inclusive and equitable clean energy solutions, including energy efficiency, energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction
  • Services provided to low-income electricity customers
  • Community and workforce development, particularly for diverse and under-served communities
  • Public transit and walkability access and safety

Apply by Monday, July 30 by 5 p.m.

 Apply here and learn more information!

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application

We highly recommend that you attend one of our many free informational webinars to learn more about Shine and the application process:

  • Wednesday, June 16, 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Friday, June 25, 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 7, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, July 16, 9 - 11 a.m.

Monday, July 26, 3 - 5 p.m.​


 

SMUD EV Incentive Program

​A rebate project to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) chargers throughout Sacramento County is launching with up to $15.5 million in funds available for qualifying local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The rebates will be available through the Sacramento County Incentive Project to install both commercial-grade Level 2 chargers and high-powered DC fast chargers. The project is an initiative of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports the adoption of EVs statewide.

 

South Sacramento Chosen for Community Air Protection Program

​On September 27, 2018, CARB selected 10 communities across the state to be the first communities to develop and implement a community emission reduction plan and/or an air monitoring plan.  The South Sacramento - Florin community was one of the 10 to be selected. This community will be a part of the inaugural implementation year for the State's Community Air Protection Program for air monitoring. 

 

Events

Now accepting 2021 Sustainable Business Award Nominations

This year's annual Sustainability Awards will be held in a webinar format on September 22nd 2021!

We welcome all nominations and would like to have a nice pool to choose from this year. In order to do this we need your help in choosing businesses or organizations that deserve to receive an award. Please use the attached nomination form a​nd return to any BERC staff by August 1st 2021​​

Download our nomination form here.​​




 

SMUD SEED opportunities 2020

Please see these SMUD opportunities for small businesses!