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Drury’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions receives grant from EPA to reduce diesel emissions

For Immediate Release: June 18

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 18, 2010 – This year, Drury University’s Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) received $739,200 in grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce diesel pollution in southwest Missouri.

The Missouri Green Fleet grant, awarded through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will provide a total of $1,872,730 in grant money for three target areas: St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield.

OCSS will work to retrofit 118 school buses operating in the area with fuel-operated heaters or diesel oxidation catalysts, replacing eight older school buses with brand new buses that will meet 2010 emission standards and retrofitting 14 trash trucks and 45 concrete mixers with diesel oxidation catalysts.

These projects are expected to keep nearly 13,000 tons of diesel emissions from entering Missouri’s air through the life of the buses, locomotives and other diesel equipment that will be replaced or retrofitted. Reducing diesel emissions from school buses is especially important because children are more susceptible to the negative health effects of diesel emissions as their respiratory and immune systems are still developing.

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. Visit www.drury.edu/ocss for more information regarding OCSS projects.

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