The February 2013 issue of Air Aware includes stories on a local trucking company making emissions reductions, our upcoming Mower Exchange and more.
Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District

Clean Air Funds make sustainability real for Dixon trucking company

Yard goat at Valley Farm TransportIt’s one thing to talk about going green, and another to actually do it.

Valley Farm Transport, a Dixon-based trucking company, is one of the local businesses following through with its sustainability mission. The company thanks air quality incentive programs like Yolo-Solano AQMD’s Clean Air Funds for making environmental responsibility achievable.

VFT was awarded a Clean Air Funds grant worth $45,000 in Yolo-Solano AQMD’s 2011 program cycle. The program, which will award approximately $350,000 this year, seeks to help local businesses, agencies and organizations reduce mobile-source emission of fine particulate pollution and smog precursors in order to improve our air quality. Equipment replacement, alternative transportation and public education projects are all eligible for the grants.

With its Clean Air Funds grant, VFT was able to replace its yard goat with a lower-emission model. The yard goat allows employees to move trailers around VFT’s Dixon yard without having to fire up a larger engine, saving fuel and reducing emissions.

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2013 Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange

2013 Mower Exchange to launch March 4

The 2013 Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange is set to launch on March 4. Under the program, Yolo and Solano County residents can receive a $120 rebate on the purchase of a new electric lawn mower when they trade in their gas-power mower. Residents of southern Solano County are eligible thanks to funding from the Bay Area AQMD.

Those interested in the Exchange will request a voucher from Yolo-Solano AQMD beginning on March 4. Once you receive a voucher, you’ll then turn in your gas mower at a local participating recycler and purchase a mower from our eligible list at a local store or over the internet. After you file all necessary paperwork, the District will process your rebate and send out a check.

Full rules and conditions will be available at this week. If you’d like to be sent a reminder when the program opens, please email Tom Hall at

Don't Light Tonight

Don’t Light Tonight season winds down

February is the final month of the 2012-13 Don’t Light Tonight season. Air quality is typically better in February than in the other winter months as residents burn less wood. But we may still call Don’t Light Tonight advisories based on air quality forecasts during the month. Sign up to receive those alerts at

The Spare The Air program will begin on May 1. Check out the April Air Aware for more info.

Clean Air Funds workshop set for Feb. 14

Yolo-Solano AQMD will host a workshop for those interested in applying for the 2013 Clean Air Funds program. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. on February 14 at the Yolo-Solano AQMD offices at 1947 Galileo Court, Suite 103, in Davis.

District staff will provide a brief presentation on what makes a strong application and will be able to answer questions. Applicants are not required to attend the workshop.

The deadline for Clean Air Funds applications is March 22. Only projects in Yolo County and the northeastern portion of Solano County (including Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista) are eligible. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Tom Hall at (530) 757-3657 or

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