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To empower citizens in Rowan and Cabarrus counties to address the air quality issues we face.

Our campaign focuses on education about air pollution's impact on our health and economy and actions that reduce air pollution such as the use of alternative fuels and modes of transportation, the preservation of green space and energy conservation. Read more...

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11/21/14 by Guest Writer

Annual Solar Installations Have Grown 1600 Percent Since 2006

by Chris Verner

If you were looking for ways to expand the use of renewable energy and solar power, you probably wouldn’t think of a plumber as your best ambassador. 

But as SmartPower President Brian F. Keane recently told a packed room at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment, if you want to sell solar water heaters, you’d best go where the rubber meets the road—or the pipe wrench meets the roof. When the water heater goes, your “front line” of defense is a plumber, not the Sierra Club.

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10/16/14 by Juanita Teschner

School Bus Replacement Funds Available

EDITOR’S NOTE: EPA Clean Diesel News released this announcement on October 16, 2014.

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity.  This is a rebate program to replace older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $3 million.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm.

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09/30/14 by Juanita Teschner

Solarize Salisbury-Rowan Launches October 2nd

An innovative program to help individuals and businesses save on electricity costs will be available to residents of Salisbury, Rowan County and the surrounding area beginning October 2 until the end of the year. A community celebration to launch Solarize Salisbury-Rowan will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, at the Lee Street Theatre with live music by Life Size and refreshments.  Officials will offer a brief explanation of the program at 6 p.m.  All interested homeowners and business owners are welcome to attend.

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09/23/14 by Juanita Teschner

EPA Solicits Proposals for Marine, Inland Waterway Clean Diesel Projects

EPA is soliciting proposals for clean diesel projects at marine and inland water ports in areas of poor air quality. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $5 million, funded through the Diesel Emission Reduction (DERA) program.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted at www.epa.gov/otaq/ports/ports-dera-rfp.htm

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08/19/14 by Halley Brantley

$5 Million Available to Reduce Diesel Emissions at Water Ports

EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was released by Clean Diesel News on August 7, 2014.

Coming this fall, EPA's Office of Transportation & Air Quality plans to announce the availability of an estimated $5 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding for projects to reduce diesel emissions at marine and inland water ports in areas of poor air quality.

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