Community Air Protection Program (AB 617)

The Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or AB 617) is a statewide program established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce pollution exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution.  Led by the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) in San Diego County, this first-of-its-kind effort involves communities working together to develop and implement strategies to measure air pollution and reduce health impacts. SDAPCD works with members of priority communities to monitor air, create community emission reduction programs, and distribute incentive funding to help implement the cleanest technologies in the most impacted areas.  

Learn more about SDAPCD’s work with current priority communities: 

International Border Community 

Portside Community  

As part of the CAPP there are two key guiding documents that are developed with a diverse group of local stakeholders (known as the Community Steering Committee), the Community Emissions Reduction Program (CERP) and the Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP). The CERP sets community goals to reduce air pollution emissions and identifies strategies to help achieve emission reduction goals. The CAMP broadly outlines, how and where pollution data will be gathered and shared. 

At the local level, the CAPP is led by a Community Steering Committee (CSC) which serves as a liaison between SDAPCD, CARB, and the community. SDAPCD relies on the CSCs to increase its understanding of the community, identifying its needs and concerns, informing potential air monitoring site locations, and connecting with relevant community and agency contacts. The CSC plays a crucial role in co-development and implementation of the CERP. It also serves an important role in distributing the most up-to-date information to members of the community. Finally, the CSCs holds SDAPCD accountable to successfully implementing and achieving CERP strategies and goals. 

More information about the program can be found on the CARB Community Air Protection Program webpage and by following the below links.