The Cleaner Air News
The newsletter of the Cleaner Air Partnership
The Cleaner Air Partnership is a joint project of BREATHE California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, The Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision to help the region meet clean air standards in order to protect public health and promote economic growth.

Thank you for your support throughout the year as a clean air stakeholder and for reading the final edition of the Cleaner Air News for 2016. In this issue, we highlight the efforts of the Cleaner Air Partnership throughout the course of the year and look toward what 2017 will bring, highlight the air quality benefits of the GE Tier 4 locomotives in operation at Union Pacific Railroad, and provide an update on upcoming events from our CAP partners.

Happy Holidays and our best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year.
Feature Stories
Community leaders listen as Union Pacific Chairman Lance Fritz addresses questions on air quality and other concerns aboard the historic Union Pacific Heritage Fleet 
Cleaner Air Partnership: 2016 ReCAP

The past year saw the Cleaner Air Partnership (CAP) continue the quest for cleaner air across California's Capital Region. A joint initiative of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Vision, the Cleaner Air Partnership has worked for the past 30 years to support measures that improve air quality, protect public health, and promote economic growth.

The Capital Region has seen significant improvements in air quality over time, yet the mission of cleaner air remains important to our health and potential for economic growth. As more is learned about the health impacts of poor air quality, clean air standards continue to be strengthened, making the cross-sector collaborative work of the Partnership more critical than ever. 
Union Pacific Locomotive
California Dreamin'

Union Pacific Railroad, a primary supporter of the Cleaner Air Partnership, has begun introducing locomotives powered by the GE "Evolution Series" Tier 4 diesel engines. Although massive at 4,400 horsepower, they are 90% lower in emissions than most of the locomotives in service.

"Operating a Tier 4 locomotive is the equivalent of eliminating 12,000 cars on the road and installing particulate filters on 200 school buses," said Larry Greene, executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. "That's a big deal for us."

Big Changes for the 2017 Clean Air Awards! 

The Clean Air Awards unite the leaders and decision-makers of the Sacramento region to forge relationships, inspire new ideas, and keep successful clean air efforts on track.
In addition to the awards, live music, and local food and beverages, this May's Clean Air Awards will feature an exciting interactive networking event, all housed at the Paint Shop at the Sacramento Railyards.
By supporting the event, you are supporting a great cause.

Click here to read more about the event and Sponsorship Opportunities
Registration now open for Cap-to-Cap 2017

For nearly 50 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has led a delegation of business, civic and political representatives from the six-county Sacramento region to Washington, D.C. to meet with our federal representatives and collectively promote the Capital Region, safeguard our resources and discuss priority initiatives. Join the Air Quality team and get involved in advocating for the region's clean air priorities!
Save the Date for Upcoming Events
New Partners for Smart Growth
February 2-4, 2017 in St. Louis, MO 
Explore smart growth principles to help build safer, healthier, more economically viable, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly communities across the nation.  

California Community Choice Energy (CCE) Symposium
May 5, 2017 in Long Beach
For more information about the event and partnership opportunities, please contact: Barry Vesser ( / 707-525-1665 ext. 113) or Margaret Bruce ( / 408-605-2761). 

41st Annual Clean Air Awards
 May 11, 2017 
At the Paint Shop at the Sacramento Railyards

47th Annual Capitol-to-Capitol
April 29 to May 3, Washington D.C. 
Join the Air Quality team and get involved in advocating for the region's clean air priorities!

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