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Blue Skyways Collaborative Recognizes New Partners at Biannual Meeting in St. Louis

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, (913) 551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov; or Kim Olson, (913) 485-1219, olson.kim@epa.gov


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(Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 2, 2007) - The Blue Skyways Collaborative is holding its biannual meeting in St. Louis this week and will recognize 15 organizations that have recently become collaborative partners. These organization’s projects will reduce yearly air pollution by 900 tons and greenhouse gases by 1,768 tons. These totals will become part of the total collaborative emissions reductions of 40,840 tons of pollutants and 535,070 tons of greenhouse gases, along with 22 million gallons in fuel savings.

The collaborative was formed to encourage voluntary air emissions reductions throughout North America's Heartland. Blue Skyways participants implement projects that use innovations in diesel equipment, alternative fuels, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.


WHO:

John Askew, EPA Region 7 administrator
Richard Greene, EPA Region 6 administrator

WHAT:

Presentation of partnership awards
EPA regional administrators' availability session following presentation

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Drury Plaza Hotel, LaSalle Boardroom
2 South Fourth St., St Louis, Mo.

Following are the organizations being recognized and the type of projects they are conducting:
    • Anheuser-Busch Inc., Houston, Texas, Brewery (energy efficiency)
    • Grace Hill Settlement House, St. Louis, Mo. (idle reduction)
    • St. Louis Association for Community Organizations (idle reduction)
    • Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. (renewable energy)
    • Metropolitan Energy Center, Kansas City, Mo. (energy efficiency)
    • Omaha Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Omaha, Neb. (alternative transportation)
    • Entegrity Wind Systems Inc., Boulder, Colo. (renewable energy)
    • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (renewable energy)
    • City of Tulsa, Okla. (alternative fuels and idle reduction)
    • Houston-Galveston Area Council, Texas (diesel retrofits)
    • Port of Corpus Christi, Texas (idle reduction and alternative fuels)
    • Pollution Prevention Partnership - Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas (vehicle maintenance)
    • Green Mountain Energy Co., Austin, Texas (renewable energy)
    • Missouri Botanical Garden's Earthways Center, St. Louis, Mo. (renewable energy)
    • Silver Eagle Distributors, Houston, Texas (alternative fuels)

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    Learn more about the Blue Skyways Collaborative: http://www.blueskyways.org