Raleigh, N.C. – April 23, 2012 – The sixth annual North Carolina Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards were announced Friday. The Mobile CARE awards recognize transportation emission reduction efforts that support alternative fuel and advanced technology activities and policies in North Carolina. The four awards were presented by N.C. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Ted Vedan at the Eco Driving to Electric: Clean Transportation Opportunities Abound session of the 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference held in Raleigh, N.C.
The Mobile CARE awards are part of a $3 million, six-year Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project lead by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University with funding provided by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The project focuses on three activities: education and outreach, emission reducing sub-awards and recognition of outstanding initiatives. “These awards present an important opportunity to recognize exemplary efforts made by individuals and organizations across the state to improve air quality,” said N.C. Dept of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. A panel of judges from the N.C. Dept of Transportation, State Energy Office and Division of Air Quality reviewed over two dozen nominations to select the 2012 award winners.
The individual effort award went to:
Jeff Barghout, director of transportation initiatives at Advanced Energy, is a pioneer in the electric transportation arena where he has spearheaded the N.C. Get Ready Initiative, piloted in the Triangle area and supported by a consortium of public and private partners. He currently leads Advanced Energy’s efforts on the N.C. Plug-In Vehicle Task Force, a statewide planning project to prepare for widespread deployment of electric vehicles.
The Fleet award went to:
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office for efforts that include converting 29 out of 200 Ford Crown Victoria cruisers in their fleet to run on clean-burning, domestically produced propane (LPG) autogas using a bi-fuel system that can operate of either gasoline or propane. The success of 13 initial vehicles, partially funded through the N.C. Solar Center’s CFAT project, spurred the sheriff’s office to convert an additional 10 vehicles to LPG solely by utilizing confiscated drug money.
The Fuel/Technology Provider award went to:
Holmes Oil Company, a Chapel Hill-based company that currently operates 21 convenience stores, three of which sell biofuel blends. Since 2004 the company has provided over 1.5 million gallons of E85 and B20 to the motoring public.
The Policy/Organization award went to:
Center for the Environment at Catawba College for serving as a leading example of how an organization dedicated to education and the environment can have a considerable impact on the air quality arena. The Center’s varied and innovative Campaign for Clean Air, facilitation of emission reduction programs and its intentional effort to help others replicate programs is particularly noteworthy.
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About the North Carolina Solar Center
Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center, The North Carolina Solar Center, at N.C. State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. The N.C. Solar Center serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies. Visit www.ncsc.ncsu.edu to learn more. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter
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