SCAQMD’s Historical Activity on Climate Change
For the last two decades, as part of its efforts to reduce local air pollution, SCAQMD has promoted a number of programs to combat climate change. For instance, SCAQMD has promoted energy conservation, low-carbon fuel technologies (natural gas vehicles; electric-hybrids, hydraulic-hybrids, and battery-electric vehicles), renewable energy, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction programs, and market incentive programs.
SCAQMD’s first formal action to fight greenhouse gases (GHG) occurred in 1991, with the issuance of its Policy on Global Warming and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion, targeting a transition away from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as an industrial refrigerant and propellant in aerosol cans. In the early 1990s, SCAQMD adopted several regulations regarding ozone depleting compounds which served as models for state and federal agencies.
SCAQMD has a long tradition of environmental stewardship practices and policies internally, as well. For years, SCAQMD has utilized a 10 hour-4 day work week. This reduces employee VMT by 20%. SCAQMD has also been a pioneer with its successful rideshare program. Our fleet consisting mainly of clean fuel vehicles that are made available for staff to use during workdays. SCAQMD works to be energy independent and to employ green practices. We have a large solar panel array on the roof of the SCAQMD headquarters, as well as various waste reduction and recycling programs. SCAQMD tracks its GHG emissions, has adopted a Green Policy, and has a Green Team comprised of top management and union representatives from all departments of the agency.
SCAQMD adopted the Air Quality-Related Energy Policy, which integrates air quality, energy, and climate change issues in a coordinated and consolidated manner.
- CAPCOA Launches New, California-based Greenhouse Gas Credit Exchange - January 2, 2014 (PDF, 52kb)
- SCAQMD Simplifies Requirements for Landfills, April 5, 2011
- Thousands of Southland Students to Attend High School Conference on Air Quality, May 21, 2010
- SCAQMD Approves First Reforestation Project for Station Fire Area of Angeles National Forest, Apr. 2, 2010
- SCAQMD Announces Grants for Tree Planting Projects, June 9, 2009
Meetings, Forums & Public Notices
Climate Change Committees & Working Groups
- Climate Change Forum - LA City Hall, Chambers Office (October 14, 2010)
Greenhouse gas reduction projects
Rules & Protocols
CAPCOA GHG Rx Proposed Forestry Protocols
Policies & Publications
Fact Sheets & Brochures