Project Clean Air Repair

Region

Leech Lake Nation and Minneapolis

Timeline

2017 - present

Audience

Funders and partners

Topics

Through Project Clean Air Repair (or Project CAR), Environmental Initiative creates partnerships with car repair shops to reduce emissions from older passenger vehicles. Project CAR reimburses garages for identifying and fixing vehicle exhaust systems in cars of lower-income residents. 

Currently, it is estimated that 25% of passenger vehicles cause 90% of vehicle air pollution. Older cars often have outdated or broken emission controls and exhaust equipment. By partnering with garages to repair broken emissions systems, Environmental Initiative is cleaning up some of the highest polluting cars on the road while reducing barriers to reliable transportation. 

Partner garages provide low- or no-cost repairs to emission control systems. This allows car owners to reduce their car’s emissions and prioritize paying for other repairs necessary for the safety and drivability of their car.

Recent accomplishments

250

Cars repaired since 2017.

5

Participating partner garages.

10

Tons of emission reductions achieved.

Our partnership with The Lift Garage

Learn more about our partnership with The Lift Garage and how Project CAR works.

photo of mechanic repairing a car

“The amount of exhaust leaking from my car was very toxic to me, as well as to the environment and likely contributed to my health problems, which meant I was unable to work. This repair will greatly improve my health and hopefully I will be able to recover and get back to work.”

Project CAR customer at The Lift Garage

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Our Experts

Rural and urban communities experience high air pollution from mobile sources such as cars. Expand Project CAR by talking to our experts today about offering financial support for this important clean air effort.

Our Partners