Austin-Round Rock: Contacts, Related Links
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Designated Air Quality Planning Groups
CAPCOG was organized in 1970 to serve local governments in its 10-county region. CAPCOG is a regional planning commission organized under Chapter 391, Local Government Code, and is one of 24 in Texas.
The primary focus of CAPCOG is to serve as advocate, planner and coordinator of initiatives that can be more effective and efficient when regionally focused. Topics include emergency services, elderly assistance, law-enforcement training, criminal justice planning, solid waste reduction, infrastructure development, and housing and economic development.
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)
Cathy Stephens, Environmental Program Manager
CAMPO is the metropolitan planning organization for Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties in central Texas. CAMPO was established in 1973 and is governed by the Transportation Policy Board comprised of regional and local officials.
CAMPO coordinates regional transportation planning with counties, cities, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capiral Metro), the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and other transportation providers in the region to approve the use of federal transportation funds within the region.
Andrew Hoekzema, Air Quality Program Specialist, CAPCOG
The Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee, a Clean Air Coalition subcommittee, serves as a technical and policy advisory committee for coalition members. The Advisory Committee meets to exchange information related to developing and implementing the Eight-Hour Ozone Flex Program, and reports to the respective elected officials. In addition, the Advisory Committee includes representatives from TxDOT’s Austin District, CAMPO, CAPCOG, the CLEAN AIR Force, the Lower Colorado River Authority, and the TCEQ.
The CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is a nonprofit organization uniting corporations, academia, local governments, and civic organizations in the common goal of finding workable solutions for improving air quality in Central Texas. The CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is to coordinate air quality planning and conduct educational activities in Central Texas focused on motivating the citizens, businesses, and government of this region to take actions to reduce air pollution to protect public health.
The CLEAN AIR Force Technical Advisory Committee meets monthly to exchange information, to review or oversee an array of technical studies, and to advise member organizations on developments in the air quality field. The CLEAN AIR Force also hosts monthly Public Involvement Committee meetings that focus on education and outreach. All CLEAN AIR Force meetings are open to the public and provide a forum for the exchange of air quality information and ideas. In addition, the CLEAN AIR Force manages programs to encourage voluntary actions for reducing ozone pollution, including the Clean School Bus Program, the Clean Air Partners Program, the Electric Lawnmower Discount Program, the Ozone Action Day Alert Program, and the High School PSA Contest.
The Clean Air Partners Program was developed in 2001 as an initiative of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce to encourage local businesses to proactively help improve air quality by pledging to voluntarily reduce their ozone-causing emissions by 10 percent over three years. Partners may use many different strategies to achieve these reductions, such as carpooling; telecommuting; flex-time schedules; energy conservation; on-site emission reductions from GreenChoice energy; low-emission construction; cleaner, water-conserving landscaping practices; and a host of other proactive activities that can lead to cleaner air. The program is open to any business, public authority, or organization in the five-county Central Texas region. Partners report their achievements once a year.