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The City of Arvin prepares to hold their 2nd Annual Clean Energy Fair

The fair will include Electric Vehicle demonstrations, informational booths, and more
Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 07, 2024
  • Video shows how the City of Arvin aims to increase sustainable practices by informing residents about clean energy programs.
  • According to the California Air Resources Board Arvin and Lamont have some of the worst PM2.5 levels in the nation.
  • The fair is taking place on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at Garden in the Sun Park.

BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT:

As a sustainability leader in the county, the City of Arvin is getting ready to host their second annual Clean Energy Fair. Through the event, the city hopes to raise awareness about clean energy practices.

Arvin's 2nd Annual Clean Energy Fair
The City of Arvin is hosting their 2nd Annual Clean Energy Fair on Sunday.

"Arvin has a particulate matter rating of 98.1 percent," said the city's Grant Manager Christine Viterelli, "We are in the top ten percent of air pollution in Kern County."

A report from The California Air Resources Board says Arvin and Lamont's residents experience some of the worst PM2.5 levels in the nation due to the large scale of agricultural practices, warehouse distribution centers, and oil and gas operations in the area

According to her, the fair is just one of the ways the city is promoting sustainable practices.

"We installed 14 public charging stations [and] transformed 50 percent of our buses from diesel to electric," said Viterelli.

To further raise awareness about the city's air quality, Viterelli says this year the fair will be expanding the amount of services and informational booths on site, including booths from: CALSTART, Bakersfield College, 21st Century Energy, and more.

Arvin Clean Energy Fair Map Layout
Several informational booths and interactive activities will be available at Arvin's 2nd Annual Clean Energy Fair.

Those attending the fair will also be able to participate in interactive activities like electric bike demonstrations provided by Bike Bakersfield.

Also helping the city reduce emissions are funds from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

"This year we have an AB 617 voucher program rolling out, where low-income residents can apply for a 20 thousand dollar voucher in the communities of Arvin and Lamont to purchase an electric vehicle or hybrid plug-in," explained the grant manager.

The fair is taking place on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at Garden in the Sun Park.


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