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Clean and Healthy Air
for ALL!

The AIRE Collaborative aims to establish a common foundation for community-engaged air emissions reduction strategies and scientifically-accurate air monitoring with environmental justice communitiesin California.

We believe that everyone has the right to clean and healthy air.

About

The Allies in Reducing Emissions (AIRE) Collaborative is a collaborative of environmental justice organizations that have decades of experience monitoring and reducing emissions in communities disproportionately impacted by air pollution in California. Members of AIRE have years of grassroots experience implementing innovative approaches that improve public health by responding to environmental risks, threats, and hazards. AIRE members are leaders in the design and implementation of air monitoring networks that produce local level air quality information to inform actions to protect health. Affected communities and AIRE partners have used this information to advocate for policies that reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution.

Who we are and how we got started

The AIRE Collaborative was formed to coordinate local community-based efforts in developing a statewide strategy for applying to, and leading, the process of AB 617 implementation.

AB 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017)(AB 617) seeks to ensure that all Californians benefit equitably from our State’s air quality and climate efforts, especially those who live in the areas of California most severely impacted by air pollution. This statewide effort includes community air monitoring and community emissions reduction programs.

AIRE’s goal is to unify community-led efforts to establish community air monitoring networks and projects to inform policy implementation by local air districts, the California Air Resources Board, and the State Legislature.

The AIRE Collaborative is comprised of the following community-based organizations:

What the AIRE Collaborative has to offer

We can help

AIRE members are local environmental justice issue experts with years of experience developing community air monitoring networks and emissions reduction programs. Having membership representation from around the state allows AIRE to know and understand similarities and differences across different regions in California.

The AIRE collaborative is happy to offer advice to community based organizations across the state. Whether you may or may not be funded by an AB 617 grant or are just looking for opportunities to learn more about what we do, we are happy to consult with you in a number of different ways including:

  • Documenting and filing concerns with local air districts
  • Setting up partnership agreements and communicating with air district staff
  • Implementing different types of community air monitoring projects with low cost sensors
  • Working with academic researchers to field test emerging monitoring technologies
  • Volatile Organic Compounds and Methane Monitoring
  • Establishing a community steering committee
  • Applying for additional funding
  • Using air monitoring data to inform action and reduce exposures to air pollution
  • Facilitating trainings and/or workshops on air monitoring
  • Analyzing Air Quality Data

Initiatives

The Collaborative’s “Our Stories” Project

In the Fall of 2020, members of the AIRE Collaborative created digital stories with the support of the StoryCenter on our experiences with our pollution and work to improve air quality in environmental justice communities across California. AIRE members participated in a series of virtual workshop sessions with StoryCenter staff to develop the scripts for the stories, create an audio recording, and select images to accompany these stories. These stories are told in the voices of AIRE members leading community air monitoring and organizing efforts to lift up how the air we breathe shapes the lives and livelihoods of residents in our communities.

AIRE Digital Stories Gallery:

  • “Data for Action” by David Chang, Tracking California
  • “Just Breathing” by Jhamere Howard, WOEIP
  • “YES: Youth Environmentally Savvy Program, CentralValley” by Nayamin Martinez, CCEJN
    • English version
    • Spanish version
  • “Fighting for Our Future” by Ruben Rodriguez, ValleyLEAP
    • English version
    • Spanish version
  • “A Better Imperial” by Christian Torres, CCV
  • “Environmental Justice in San Ysidro” by Sarina Vega, Casa Familiar

Upcoming Events:

  • AIRE'SFIRST FRESH AIR FILM FEST
  • Ready to take a COVID-safe virtual road trip of California? Please join us for this online community screening of digital stories created by AIRE Collaborative members! . At each stop on this virtual road trip, AIREmembers will also share what they and their organizations are doing to bring healthier airto our communities.
  • Register here [add link] for this Facebook live event taking place on Thursday December 10 2020 from 3-4:30 pm [add link to Facebook live page here]. Please share with your networks and help usspread the word about this event!
  • The Allies in Reducing Emissions (AIRE)Collaborative is a network of community-based organizations working on community air monitoring projectsto reduce exposure and emissions to protect community health in California. For more information on the AIRE Collaborative, please visit: www.airecollaborative.org.

Other news

For more information or to learn more about the AIRE Collaborative please contact:

For more information about the AIRE Collaborative, please contact special projects coordinator at Comite Civico del Valle, Christian Torres – christian@ccvhealth.org

The AIRE Collaborative is made up of:
Casa Familiar
Central California Environmental Justice Network
Coalition for a Safe Environment
Comite Civico del Valle
Latino Environmental Advocacy Policy Institute
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project