06/30/13 by Juanita Teschner

Children Create Paintings at Center for Environment Workshop during ‘Arts Night Out’

About 80 children participated in an art workshop called “Green and Clean Air” June 21 during “Arts Night Out” in downtown Salisbury. It was hosted by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

The children created paintings, using egg cartons as paint trays on pizza box easels. They also painted clay balls as little planet Earths.

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06/27/13 by Juanita Teschner

EcoCrane Hybrid System Approved

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appeared in the June 25, 2013, issue of Clean Diesel News.

On June 18, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the verification of the MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems, Inc., (EcoPower) EcoCrane Hybrid System (EcoCrane).  The EcoCrane is a hybrid power system that replaces the conventional diesel generator set(s) on a rubber-tired gantry crane.  The EcoCrane includes a new diesel engine generator, batteries, inverter, rectifier, control system, and energy recovery capabilities.

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06/20/13 by Juanita Teschner

Catawba President’s Vision for Sustainability

For Catawba College President Brien Lewis, advancing sustainable practices on the campus makes perfect sense.

“You have to be a good steward of the resources that are provided to you, whether those are dollars from donors or student tuition or natural resources,” he says. “If you’re not being responsible for and careful with those resources, you’re simply doing a disservice to those who provided them to you.”

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06/20/13 by Juanita Teschner

Green Revolving Fund Committee Spurs Ideas, Funds, Action

One sustainable project is already under way on the Catawba College campus, with more on the horizon, thanks to the work of Catawba’s Green Revolving Fund Committee.

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05/11/13 by Juanita Teschner

Assistance Available for Diesel Emissions Reduction

EDITOR’S NOTE: The EPA Clean Diesel News announced this assistance program May 9, 2013.

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals for the 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction (DERA) program.  The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $9 million.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted here and on  The NCDC website contains information regarding clean diesel technologies, past awarded projects, and helpful tips.

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04/26/13 by Juanita Teschner

Little Change in Area Ozone Pollution

Both Rowan and Mecklenburg counties received an “F” for ozone pollution from the American Lung Association (ALA) again this year, but for the second year in a row, neither county is listed in the top 25 most ozone-polluted cities in the nation. Cabarrus has no ozone monitors so it is not ranked.

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04/25/13 by Juanita Teschner

Children, Parents Learn about Air Quality and Environment at “Growing Green Kids” Event

Children made flower bursts while their parents learned about how to improve air quality at a “Growing Green Kids” family night on Earth Day, April 22.

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03/31/13 by Halley Brantley

The Optimistic Futurist: Waste not – Make Electricity Instead

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Francis Koster appeared in the March 24, 2013, issue of The Salisbury Post.

I bet that you do not often think about the role sewage treatment will play in the future of your family.

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03/17/13 by Juanita Teschner

Area Educators Learn about New Opportunities at Center’s Teacher Mingle

Area teachers and the staff of the Center for the Environment met recently to explore ways the Center and its Campaign for Clean Air can help them in the classroom, especially as they prepare lessons on air pollution and ways to lessen it.

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02/20/13 by Juanita Teschner

Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls Ceases Operations

EDITOR’S NOTE: This announcement appeared in the February 20, 2013, issue of EPA Clean Diesel News.

As of Friday, January 18, 2013, Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, Incorporated (Cleaire)  ceased operations. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) attempted to contact owners of Cleaire products and established a Cleaire information page.

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