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Center to Recognize “Champions for Clean Air”

09/14/10 by Juanita Teschner

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College wants to recognize Champions for Clean Air.

“We know there are numerous businesses, organizations and governmental entities in Rowan and Cabarrus counties that have made a commitment to addressing the air quality issues that challenge our region,” says John Wear, the Center’s executive director. “They are implementing practices that reduce harmful emissions, making our area a better place to live.”  

The Center will accept nominations for its 2011 Champions for Clean Air until Nov. 30. An independent panel will review all submissions, and selected “champions” will be recognized at an awards banquet in February 2011. Nomination forms are available on the Center’s Campaign for Clean Air website at

The awards are limited to businesses, organizations, and governmental entities with a presence in Rowan and/or Cabarrus County.  Twenty-seven finalists and nine “champions” will be selected from the following categories:

Private Corporate   
Private Nonprofit   

Nomination forms may be submitted by employees of the businesses, organizations or governmental entities or by individuals who are well informed about their operations (board members, volunteers, frequent customers, etc.). Nominations must include specific data related to reductions in energy consumption (for example, reduction in BTU’s or kWh’s) or harmful emissions (nitrous oxides, volatile organic compounds, greenhouse gases, particulate matter, etc.).  

Examples of the types of projects that may be submitted for consideration include such things as:

•    replacement or retrofit of fleet vehicles for emissions reduction and energy efficiency;

•    use of alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles (electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, solar, etc.)

•    truck stop electrification;

•    installation of electric charging stations;

•    employee incentive programs for carpooling, use of mass transit, walking, biking, telecommuting, etc.

•    idle reduction initiatives;

•    manufacturing emissions reduction measures;

•    utility generation emissions reduction measures; and•    creation of pedestrian and bike friendly communities. 

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