California Air Resources Board

Founding Year: 1967



Mary D. Nichols (board chair)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a governmental body of the state of California, charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. Founded in 1967 when automobile-driven air pollution was at its worst in California, they were charged with developing policy to mitigate it, such the nation’s first tailpipe emissions standards. They continue to develop requirements for clean cars and fuels and other innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Board has 16 members, 12 of whom are appointed by the governor of California. The other four include two who represent environmental justice communities (one appointed by the Senate and the other by the Assembly) and two nonvoting members appointed for Legislative oversight, one each from the Senate and Assembly.

Resources: Links to documents, research, data, permits, and more are found on the site’s Resources page.


California Air Resources Board contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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