A safe and healthy environment with good water and air quality is a cornerstone to the region’s vision for the future. Most of the Centralina region was included in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designation of non-attainment for eight-hour ozone levels in April 2004.CCOG regional partners have been working collaboratively to improve air quality, as well as promote sustainability. CCOG partnerships and collaborative initiatives are also underway to improve water resources in the region. CCOG’s Sustainability Program has increasingly become involved in a number of different energy and environmental sectors including:

  • Air quality
  • Cleaner, alternative fuels and clean vehicle technology (Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition)
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Water resources

The involvement and tasks performed by the CCOG staff vary by topic area and project.