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Clean Air Excellence Awards

2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program

The 2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards application submission has closed. Applications are being reviewed and award winners will be selected and announced sometime in the fall. 

The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, established at the recommendation of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, periodically recognizes and honors outstanding innovative efforts to help make progress in achieving cleaner air.

Award-winning entries must directly or indirectly reduce pollutant emissions, demonstrate innovation, offer sustainable outcomes, and provide a model for others to follow.

                        2019 Clean Air Excellence Awards Recipients

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Clean Air Technology Calgren Dairy Fuels Pipeline Project CompressorCalgren Compressor

2019 Recipient: Maas Energy Works-Calgren Dairy Fuels Pipeline Project (Redding, CA)     

Calgren Renewable Fuels and Maas Energy Works are pioneering the development of dairy digesters throughout the central valley of California, leading to emission reductions of methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and other criteria pollutants by more than 130,000 MT-CO2e each year. Among those is the Calgren Dairy Fuels pipeline cluster. The digester at Circle A dairy that came online earlier this year is among more than a dozen facilities that will capture biogas from manure lagoons that would otherwise release pollutants into the atmosphere. 

Community Action  Free Mulch Pile on Okanogan Tribal Lands

2019 Recipient: The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation-Okanogan River Airshed Partnership (Washington State)

The Okanogan River Airshed Partnership is presently engaged with community clean-up events, establishing a community air quality network using PurpleAir sensors, running a woodstove change-out and buyback program, and pursuing creating a community composting facility, among other actions to reduce PM 2.5 in the community.


2019 Recipient: Children's Environmental Health Network-Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program (Washington, DC)3 Children and 1 Adult Sitting and looking at small frog on child's armChildren's Environmental Health Network

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) is a national program, managed by the Children’s Environmental Health Network, that partners with child care professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found in and around child care facilities. EHCC offers a two-year endorsement to child care facilities (both center and family child care) that qualify as “Eco-Healthy” by complying with twenty-four of thirty simple, free or low-cost environmental health best practices, including Air Quality, Household Chemicals and Radon, among other environmental hazards.

State/Tribal/Local Air Quality PolicyGroup of people being trained on storage tanks in the fieldIndividuals being trained on storage tanks in Region 7

2019 Recipient: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's  Air Pollution Control Division Project: HydrocarbonStorage Tank and Vapor Control System Design, Operation and Maintenance Guidelines (Denver, Colorado)

On May 4, 2018 the APCD published and began implementation of the Storage Tank and Vapor Control System Guidelines document. Since publication, APCD staff have provided a series of outreach presentations explaining the guidelines to oil and gas operators and encouraging them to review their own programs and adopt storage tank design, operation and maintenance practices consistent with the guidelines. 

Transportation EfficiencyPicture of van used to transport ridersPicture of van used to transport riders.

2019 Recipient: RideFinders-RideFinders Commute Green Summer Challenge (Richmond, VA)

The RideFinders Commute Green Summer Challenge resulted in 6,014 greener trips, 119,028 lbs. of emissions prevented, 125,679 miles not driven, 5,391 reduced car trips, 6,073 gallons of gas saved, 49,638 calories burned, and $68,495 saved.  The campaign clearly demonstrated not just the numeric benefits of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs, but also the intangible benefits – education and awareness, public relations and relationship development – that help to make the case for TDM as mobility management and underscore TDM as a cost-effective approach to reducing pollution emissions and helping air quality. 

Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award Photo of Ned Sanders Thomas W. Zosel Individual Achievement Awardee

Ned Sanders

Ned Sanders is receiving this award for spearheading an initiative that built a coalition of chief elected officials from each county and city in Middle Georgia to develop strategies and methods to improve the region’s air quality. The Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition (MGCAC) he helped create is still operating today.


CAEA Past Award Recipients