Achieving air quality improvement requires an integrated focus on regulation, wisely-leveraged investment in technology by industry and the public sector, sustained monitoring, strong community engagement, and clear communication about the relationship between reduced emissions and improved public health.
CONCUR has worked on a range of projects to improve air quality using our skills in environmental policy analysis, stakeholder assessment, and facilitation. Our work with the Port of Oakland on the Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan included structuring stakeholder engagement and facilitating a consultative planning process with a broad based mix of Port interests, industry leaders, West Oakland business, and community interests. Our work in Trinidad and Tobago involved a broader focus on strengthening the overall structure of environmental management and review, as well as public engagement in that nation’s environmental decision making.
Institutional complexity is a key attribute of the air quality field. In California, air quality management involves the work of the California Air Resources Board, regional air quality management districts, with guidance and oversight from USEPA, and strong interest from local public health agencies.