September 20, 2012 - [Washington D.C] The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] as one of 11 recipients in the nation during the 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards.
The Air Quality Department was recognized for its Rapid Response Notification System, developed last year to provide immediate alerts when any station in the air monitoring network detects elevated levels of particulate pollution. Once alerted, businesses, residents and partnering agency stakeholders can help to maintain compliance with air quality standards by stabilizing loose dirt in their respective area or even halting dust-generating operations during an alert period. This public-private partnership effort involves over 5020 participants to date.
“We are honored to receive an EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for our Rapid Response Notification System,” said Air Quality Department Director Bill Wiley. “We would like to thank our partners for their support of the Rapid Response program. This collaboration improves our air and protects the health of our community.”
The EPA explains the 12th annual Clean Air Excellence Awards recognize innovative programs that protect Americans' health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.
“The 42-year history of the Clean Air Act is all about meeting challenges through commitment and innovation,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “The contributions of this year’s award winners are continuing the Clean Air Act’s progress in benefiting public health, our communities and the economy.”
The awards program, established in 2000 at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, annually recognizes entries that help reduce air pollution, provide a model for others to follow and offer innovative, sustainable outcomes.
This year’s award recipients were selected from 78 applicants and represent achievements in six categories: clean air technology, community action, education outreach, regulatory/policy innovations, transportation efficiency innovations, and the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. Award winners are:
Clean Air Technology
• ReNew Air Scrubber Technology, Diversey Incorporated, Racine, WI.
• Frazier Courtyard Homes, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas, Texas
• Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Pilot Project, City and County of Greenville, S.C.
• Free Zoo & Trolley Too!, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Providence, R.I.
• Conservation and Climate Change Challenge, Broward County, Fla.
• InnerTribal Beat, Spokane Tribal Air Quality Program and KYRS Community Radio, Spokane, Wash.
• Rapid Response Notification System, Maricopa County Air Quality Department, Maricopa County, Ariz.
• GHG Emissions Reduction Projects, Frito-Lay, Incorporated-Beloit, Beloit, Wis.
Transportation Efficiency Innovations
• Leadership in Reducing Ocean-going vessel Emissions, Maersk Line/Maersk Agency USA, Charlotte, N.C.
• Climate Initiatives Program, Metropolitan Transportation Commission of San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco, Calif.
Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award
• SC Johnson Global Sustainability Program, SC Johnson, Racine, Wis.
Entries are judged by EPA and the Clean Air Act Advisory committee, and winners are recognized with a certificate at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html
Sign up for a Rapid Response Notification on the Air Quality Department’s website www.maricopa.gov/aq.
About Maricopa County Air Quality Department
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean Air Make More website. Visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn more.
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