Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District


Climate Change Activities at the District      

  • Climate Protection Chapter in 2010 Clean Air Plan
  • SB 375 and SCS
  • Outreach and Education
  • See Climate Change Information and Links for general information, upcoming conferences and events, etc.
  • See Land Use & CEQA page on this site for information on greenhouse gas quantification and mitigation.
Climate Change

California's Global Warming Solutions Act, signed into law in September, 2006, establishes a framework and timeline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The California Air Resources Board is responsible for implementation of this landmark legislation, oftern referred to as "AB 32". For more information on activities on the state level, see the state's climate change portal.  The District may be involved in implementation of greenhouse gas control rules as required by the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The District also incorporates climate change into outreach and education programs.

Climate Protection Chapter with Greenhouse Gas (CO2) Inventory

A climate protection chapter is included in the 2010 Clean Air Plan that was adopted by the District Board in January, 2011. The chapter is informational and not regulatory, and includes an overview of global climate change issues as well as an inventory of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the county. CO2 is the most prevalent greenhouse gas, and also the one for which the District has the most accurate data.  This inventory will provide a starting point to track the county’s progress in reducing gases that cause global climate change. The District prepares emission inventories for criteria pollutants and air toxics on an annual basis in connection with preparing Clean Air Plans to show how the county will meet air quality standards. For more information, contact Joe Petrini at 805-961-8894.  

Senate Bill 375 and Sustainable Communities Strategy

The District participated in the 2-year preparation of the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) mandated by California Senate Bill 375. The bill required the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) to prepare the SCS as a component of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The SCS establishes the development pattern for future development for the County, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles and light trucks to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets adopted by the California Air Resources Board. The SCS and RTP were adopted by the SBCAG Board in November 2013.

Outreach and Education

The District incorporates climate change into outreach and education programs as detailed below.

  • Countywide classroom presentations for K-12th grades and college classes feature lessons on our atmosphere, air pollution, global climate change, and what we can do to make a difference. For more information, see this page. The District provides grants for county teachers, awarded through the County Education Office, for projects to reduce energy use and vehicle traffic at schools.
  • District booths at school science nights, and community events include games with the Wheel of Change illustrating climate change concepts, and these concepts are also   incorporated in District booths at community events, including Earth Day.
  • The District incorporates climate change concepts into its award-winning eco-tourism partnership Santa Barbara Car Free by encouraging visitors to reduce their CAR-bon footprints. See info on the Santa Barbara Car Free website.

For more information, contact Mary Byrd at 805-961-8833.