Clean Air Assistance Project

Impact

  • Securing funding for equipment replacements to reduce emissions. 
  • Improving the environment and health of those experiencing poor air quality. 
  • Reducing 30,000 pounds of VOC emissions annually. 

Region

Minneapolis, Minn., and Ramsey and Washington counties, Minn.

Timeline

2013 - present

Audience

Partners and funders

Topics

Many businesses use outdated equipment that causes high levels of air pollution. The Clean Air Assistance Project connects small business owners with the resources and funding they need to replace equipment and reduce their emissions.

The Clean Air Assistance Project (CAAP) provides information, technical assistance, and grants for:

  • Testing and analysis.
  • Equipment costs.
  • Installation, including contractor materials and labor.
  • Essential staff training on new equipment/processes.
  • Commissioning of new equipment.
  • Decommissioning of old equipment.

Additional resources for dry cleaning business owners

In Minnesota, owners of dry cleaning businesses are eligible for funding through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Dry Cleaner Fund and technical assistance is provided by Minnesota Technical Assistance Program.

Roering Auto Body in Saint Paul, Minn., reduces emissions

photo of paint gun and car body

It was a pleasure to be involved in the Ramsey County’s Business Pollution Prevention Program. The grant in able us to purchase new equipment for the business to help reduce pollution, VOC’s, and make it a safer work conditions for the employees.  The grant process was easy and fast to process and get approval.  I would recommend any business that need help apply for this program.

Hue Vang, owner of Maplewood Collision Center

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Our Experts

Neighborhood businesses such as printers, dry cleaners, and auto body shops throughout the United States inadvertently pollute the communities in which they are located. Support the expansion of the Clean Air Assistance Project by talking to our experts today about connecting corporate and government financial support to local businesses to improve human health and air quality.

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