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Drury’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions seeks grant proposals

For Immediate Release: March 1

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Doug Neidigh
OCSS Program Manager
Phone: (417) 873-7641
E-mail: dneidigh@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2010 — The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) at Drury University has received a subgrant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The DERA grant will fund a Clean Diesel Program in 15 counties in southwest Missouri. OCSS is administering the grant as a member of the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance.

Two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have been released. The first RFP, known as the cost share project, is open to both public and private fleets and will fund up to 40 percent of the purchase and installation of eligible technology. Under this RFP, eligible technology includes diesel emission control equipment, idle reduction equipment, SmartWay technology and engine repowers.

The second RFP, known as the public fleet fund, is open only to public fleets, and will provide up to 100 percent funding for eligible projects. The idle reduction, SmartWay technologies, and emission control equipment will be funded at 100 percent. In addition, the public fleet fund allows for early vehicle/equipment replacements and the incremental cost for alternative fuels. Engine repowers require a 25 percent matching contribution from public fleet owners and early vehicle/equipment replacements require a 75 percent matching contribution for public fleets.

For both of these RFPs, owners and operators of diesel vehicles or equipment stationed in the following southwest Missouri counties will be eligible to apply for the funding: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster.

The deadline for applications to be received by OCSS is April 16, 2010.

More information and the applications for funding can be found at www.drury.edu/ocss and www.showmecleanair.com.

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