Drury’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions distributes $1.1 million

For Immediate Release: December 11

Media Contact:
Doug Neidigh
Program Manager for Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions
Office: (417) 873-7641
E-mail: dneidigh@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 11, 2009 — This year, Drury’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) acquired and distributed more than $1.1 million in grant funding to reduce diesel pollution in Southwest Missouri. OCSS applied for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding (ARRA) on behalf of the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance and in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The funding from ARRA came in the form of two grants.

The Transform Missouri Metropolitan Clean Diesel Project grant provided $661,100 for 10 school districts. The money was used to replace 13 older school buses at districts in Southwest Missouri with newer buses that adhere to more stringent emission standards. In addition, funding was used to retrofit 98 older school buses with diesel oxidation catalysts designed to reduce the amount of pollution emitted from each bus.

School districts that received funding from OCSS include: Branson, Cassville, Crane, Fair Grove, Fair Play, Joplin, Neosho, Republic, Strafford and Willard.

OCSS received the second grant from the Clean Diesel State Allocation Project which is also under the ARRA umbrella. This grant made available $494,600 to private and public fleets in Southwest Missouri to reduce air pollution from diesel engines. OCSS received 19 applications and 14 awards were granted based on a random drawing. Some of the organizations that received funding include: United Parcel Service, Convoy of Hope and the City of Springfield Public Works Department.

A list of the projects is available at the OCSS website www.drury.edu/ocss and the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance website www.showmecleanair.com. The fleet owners implementing these projects are now accepting bids for their equipment needs.

Founded in 2008, the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions is committed to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of businesses and organizations by providing professional technical assistance and research to reduce waste, conserve resources and save money.

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