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EPA Honors 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards Winners

Matt Ball on April 2, 2014 - in Environment, Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today is presenting the 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards honoring nine projects from across the United States and one individual for their work on clean air and climate initiatives. The award recognizes innovative programs that protect Americans’ health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.

“The innovative projects from this year’s Clean Air Excellence Award winners will protect air quality in communities across the country,” said Janet McCabe, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These winners are educating our communities, inspiring organizations to take action and developing cutting-edge programs that will cut harmful pollution, improve public health, and make our cities and towns more sustainable.”

From improving indoor air quality in Tribal communities in the Northwest to installing solar panels in Tennessee, award winners demonstrate a commitment to improving the air that we breathe and addressing climate change. This year’s winners include:

Clean Air Technology
Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility – Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, and Covanta Energy – Dickerson, MD

Community Action
Regional 8-Hour Ozone Flex Planning – Central Texas Clean Air Coalition – Austin, TX

Ducktown 28-Kilowatt Solar Array – City of Ducktown – Ducktown, TN

Education Outreach
Idle Free Louisville – Kentuckiana Air Education – Louisville, KY

Improving Tribal Indoor Air Quality — Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest – Issaquah, WA

Regulation/Policy Innovations
Seaport Air Quality Program – Port of Seattle – Seattle, WA

Transportation Efficiency Innovations
Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here – North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Public Instruction – Raleigh, NC

FPL’s Clean Fleet and Consumer Education Program – Florida Power & Light Company – Juno, FL

Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award
Keep It Clean – Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division – Reno, NV

Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award
Richard A. Valentinetti – Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The awards program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, recognizes and honors both individuals and organizations that have undertaken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, advanced public understanding of air pollution and improved air quality. Entries are judged by EPA and the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and winners will be recognized with a certificate at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 2, 2014.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html

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