Thursday, September 30, 2021

The fight for clean air in Stockton - Part 2: Emissions reduction strategies

Photo of Port of Stockton taken by Matt Holmes

Stockton residents are actively developing and implementing their AB 617 Community Emissions Reduction Plan (CERP) to address air pollution. Since January 2021, students and faculty from several universities have been collaborating in the fight for clean air. With input from community leaders, the student teams highlighted here have analyzed emissions reduction strategies and initiatives presented in the CERP to provide input to community groups.

Story Map from UC Berkeley Researchers Caleb Bray, Aneeshi Desai, Lauder Fairchok, and Hailey Rowbatham on Tree Cover

Check out the StoryMaps made by UC Berkeley students in a Civil & Environmental Engineering design course on emissions reduction strategies: 

  • Urban Greening and Food Systems - vegetative barriers, tree canopy, food access and farmers’ markets, commercial cooking emissions
  • Industry - strategies for the Port of Stockton, DTE, and other industry, regulations and enforcement
  • Transportation - truck idling, electric vehicles, public transit and car-share strategies
  • Energy and Buildings - open burning, indoor air filtration and home weatherization, and solar power options for Stockton

More information, including videos and detailed reports can be found here

Story Map from UC Berkeley Researchers Hallie McManus, Kushaan Bahl, Matthew Grehm, Marcus D'Avignon

Also check out Part 1 of this post which describes the findings of Stanford and Santa Clara University teams on identifying top polluters and public health impacts in Stockton!


Partners include: Little Manila Rising, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, and students and faculty from Santa Clara University and the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley. At Stanford, students from Stanford Climate and Health, Earth Systems Masters Seminar (EARTHSYS 290) and the Future Bay Initiative have been involved. Community and university partners plan to continue working together, and new collaborators are welcome! 


Get involved! There is a great need for more research and other support as the implementation phase of the Community Emissions Reduction Plan begins! To get involved, please email Jonathan Pruitt, Catholic Charities (, Matt Holmes, Little Manila Rising (, Esther Conrad, the Haas Center for Public Service (, India Rogers-Shepp, Stanford Climate and Health, (, or Iris Stewart-Frey, Santa Clara University, the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative at Santa Clara University, and the Northern California Network for Community-Academic partnerships in EJ Teaching and Research (

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