Santa Barbara County Air Quality News September/October 1996
Index of Topics in Past Issues
On the Air is a bimonthly newsletter published by the Planning and Community Assistance Section of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. For more information on items in this newsletter, or to be added to our print subscription list, contact Megan Miley, [email protected] or (805) 961-8833.
Five Santa Barbara County businesses will be recognized for their outstanding environmental efforts by a consortium comprising the APCD, the Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Solid Waste and Utilities Division, and Traffic Solutions. This is the third year the Green Awards will be presented by the consortium. In addition to the five awards, this year the consortium will present Honorable Mention certificates to two local non-profit organizations.
The following award recipients will be honored at a special luncheon in Santa Barbara on September 20, 1996.
Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), a national waste management company with a solid corporate environmental compliance program, supports Looking Good Santa Barbara and other local programs. They transported large quantities of elephant dung for a pilot composting project. They operate a compressed natural gas-powered maintenance utility vehicle and introduced BFI?s ?Mobius? recycling curriculum to county schools. BFI is a major participant in the county?s Christmas tree composting program and provided free pick-up of debris after the 1995 floods and the 1996 windstorm. BFI also maintains voluntary participation in the county?s Traffic Solutions program.
Machine Arts is a small, precision machine shop in downtown Santa Barbara. Owner Jeffrey Sipress chooses the type of work he does to provide a clean, healthy shop for himself and his four employees. He has invested in state-of-the-art equipment that uses recirculating water-based lubricants. He recycles scrap metals, bottles, cans, paper, and packaging material. He takes advantage of natural light and air circulation in the shop for comfort and energy conservation, and walks or bikes to work daily.
Marborg Disposal, a local family-owned business in Santa Barbara, provides solid waste collection services for households and businesses. Marborg diverts an estimated 30,000 tons of metal, lumber, brush, concrete, reusable soil, and other materials annually. Marborg drivers are trained to spot commercial ?roll-off? loads that are likely to contain a high percentage of recoverables. They bring these loads to the yard and empty them on the ground, where a crew of seven hand sort the load into its recyclable components. Marborg recently purchased a metal crusher to help them recycle appliances and other large scrap metal. They pick up all metal parts and cardboard from autobody shops, and allow other businesses to drop off recyclables at no charge. Marborg participates in the county?s Christmas tree composting program and provided free pick-up of debris after the 1995 floods and the 1996 windstorm.
The Palace Management Corporation, operators of the Palace Cafe and Palace Express restaurants, created recycling programs that are used by tenants of the Paseo Nuevo mall and six restaurants near the Palace Cafe on Cota Street in Santa Barbara. They purchased new equipment to reduce energy usage and planted an herb and flower garden in a previously vacant area behind their building. In an effort to reduce food waste, they donate unused food to employees and on a weekly basis, to Project Food Chain. They use a cart to transport food between the two restaurants, and seven of ten daytime employees commute by foot, bike, or bus.
Vons Companies, Inc. operates eleven supermarkets from Carpinteria to Santa Maria. Each store recycles produce and floral discards, cardboard and wooden boxes, fat and bone, paper, wood, metal, plastic bags and wrap, and makes food bank donations, diverting more than 80% of their waste from landfills. The produce composting program began in 1995 and is California?s first large-scale retail grocery composting venture. Agriculture regulations require that the produce waste be kept cool during storage and transportation. An elaborate system utilizing existing staff and resources was established to handle the program. Company-wide (328 stores), Vons expects to recycle 34,000 tons of unsalable produce each year into 17,000 tons of marketable compost, diverting 4,250 truck loads of garbage from landfills. Vons also maintains voluntary participation in the county?s Traffic Solutions program.
Honorable MentionNon-profit organizations are not eligible to receive the Green Award for accomplishing what they were formed to do. However, special recognition goes to the following groups for their outstanding, long-term contributions to the environment in Santa Barbara County.
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is an advocacy and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation. They have been particularly successful at getting bicycle facilities and infrastructure included in community planning and transportation funding documents. The Coalition has increased public awareness and interest in bicycling through their newsletter, Quick Release, and the annual county-wide Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition and other organizations and businesses.
The Sustainability Project, a consortium of organizations including the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Community Environmental Council, and the Renewable Energy Institute, is dedicated to inspiring change in the built environment to improve the quality of life in balance with the natural environment. The group presented a conference and product expo entitled Green Building Now ? Tools for Sustainable Design and Construction in June 1996. The conference, attended by more than 400 participants and exhibitors, provided architects, contractors, interior designers, developers, and others an exceptional opportunity to learn about energy-efficient lighting, cooling and heating systems, recycled-content building products, low and nontoxic finishes, water conservation, building materials made from renewable resources, and model projects.
Congratulations to all Green Award recipients!
For more information on the Green Award, or to be added to our mailing list to receive a nomination packet next year, call Megan Miley, (805) 961-8833, or e-mail [email protected].
Pollution Prevention Week
The week of September 16 through 22, 1996 is being declared by various states, local governments, and organizations across the country as National Pollution Prevention Week. The week provides a valuable opportunity for government agencies, business groups, and community organizations to work together to highlight the importance of pollution prevention.
Pollution prevention, often referred to as ?P2,? is any activity that reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants or wastes at their source. This can be achieved through changes to materials, processes, or practices ? including recycling and the conservation of energy and natural resources. Pollution prevention is a different approach to environmental protection. Instead of trying to control or manage wastes after they?ve been created, pollution prevention aims to prevent their creation.
The Air Pollution Control District is promoting pollution prevention this week through participation in the Green Award Consortium (see above), a demonstration of water-borne wood coatings, a Board resolution, and the publication of a brochure and an introductory guide on pollution prevention for local businesses.
For more information on Pollution Prevention Week activities, contact or the Business Assistance Line, (805) 961-8838.
The APCD is seeking proposals for projects that will reduce smog-forming pollutants (reactive organic gases and nitrogen oxides) from motor vehicles. Approximately $974,000 will be available over a two year period.
Projects will be funded by the four dollar per car clean air surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees. Projects must reduce air pollution from vehicles, reduce vehicle trips, increase vehicle occupancy, or otherwise implement the transportation related provisions of the California Clean Air Act of 1988. Projects must demonstrate that emissions will be reduced in Santa Barbara County.
Eligible projects will be evaluated under one of two categories: Clean Fuel/Vehicle projects which directly reduce emissions from vehicles, and Trip Reduction projects such as bike, transit, vanpool, public education, or shuttle projects which reduce automobile trips. Proposals will be ranked by staff from the APCD and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.
Project ranking criteria include:
- Air quality benefit Cost-effectiveness Feasibility Matching funds Broad-based application and support Long-term emission reductions Quick results County-wide benefits Creativity/innovation Public education benefits.
Final funding decisions will be made by the APCD Board at a public meeting.Past projects receiving these funds include a remote video conferencing network, electric buses, bike lockers, bus bike racks, vehicle conversions to compressed natural gas, a compressed natural gas refueling station, bike lanes, an electronic transit information kiosk, and the Clean Air Express.
Projects will be funded in both 1996-97 and 1997-98 fiscal years. The APCD estimates approximately $487,000 will be available for each year. All grant awards are subject to availablity of funds.
The clean air surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees was authorized by the California legislature to provide funding to address vehicle related air pollution. In Santa Barbara County, on-road vehicles account for approximately half of our smog-forming air pollution.
Proposals are due to the APCD on October 21, 1996 by 5:00 p.m. Copies of the Request for Proposals can be obtained from Paula Iorio, (805) 961-8867.