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11th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Recognize Public And Private Sector Achievements / Winners’ efforts help environment, education, and economy

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Contact Information: Stacy Kika,, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is honoring 12 programs from across the United States for innovative efforts in achieving cleaner air to protect the health of Americans. The 11th annual Clean Air Excellence Award recipients include organizations from both the public and private sector who have demonstrated a commitment to creating new green infrastructure and jobs in the United States. Organizations also are being recognized for planning and education efforts that help citizens make better informed environmental decisions.

"EPA's history is marked by innovations that have made our communities cleaner, healthier and more prosperous. This year's Clean Air Excellence Award winners are continuing that tradition," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "From educating our families and inspiring them to take action to developing new environmental plans and strategies to creating cutting-edge clean air and transportation innovations, the winners of this award are helping to make our air cleaner and our communities more sustainable. They are proving that American ingenuity is more than a match for the challenges we face as we move toward cleaner air, healthier families and a stronger economy."

The awards program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, annually recognizes entries that reduce air pollution, demonstrate innovative models for others to follow, and offer sustainable outcomes.

This year’s award recipients were selected from 75 applicants and represent achievements in four categories: clean air technology, community action, education/outreach, and regulatory policy innovations. Award winners are

Clean Air Technology
Union Pacific Railroad Company, Melrose Park, Ill.
Project: Genset Ultra Low Emitting Locomotive

California Cartage Company, LLC, Santa Monica, Calif.

Project: Liquefied Natural Gas Port Truck Project

Community Action
Placer County Air Pollution Control District, Auburn, Calif.
Project: Forest Resource Sustainability in Placer County, Calif.

New York University, N.Y.

Project: New York University Climate Action Plan

Education Outreach
City of Bellevue Utilities, Bellevue, Wash.

Project: Community greenhouse gas reduction program.

Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston, Texas
Project: Commuter traffic reduction program

Maricopa County Air Quality Department, Phoenix, Ariz.

Project: Particulate matter reduction handbook

Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission, Springvale, Maine

Project: Air quality and transportation educational program

Regulation/Policy Innovations
The Cape Cod Commission, Barnstable, Mass.
Project: Energy Performance Standards for Developments of Regional Impact

North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, Texas

Project: Regional Emissions Enforcement Program

Eglin Air Force Base, 96 CEG/CEV (Environment Management Division), Fla.

Project: Air Quality Compliance Assistance Program

Transportation Efficiency Innovations
Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Francisco, Calif.
Project: Advancing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The awards will be presented on June 7, 2011 at Almas Temple in Washington, D.C. from 4:30-6:30 p.m. EDT.

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