2011 NEDC Breathe Easy Recognition Program Award Winners

Leadership Award:

Green Space and Recreation Committee, Chelsea  Collaborative, Inc.

Green Space and Recreation Committee, Chelsea Collaborative, Inc.

Green Space and Recreation Committee, Chelsea Collaborative, Inc.
For the past 16 years, Chelsea Collaborative's Green Space and Recreation Committee (Green Space) has formed public and private sector partnerships in a collaborative effort to protect and restore Chelsea's natural resources.  Improving air quality and reducing resident exposure to diesel pollutants in Chelsea and Everett, MA, two communities that receive a disproportionate quantity of air pollution from diesel fleets, has been a primary objective in this effort. In 2010, the Collaborative, partnering with the New England Produce Center, replaced 98 diesel-powered transport refrigeration units (TRU) used for extra cold storage with electrically-powered units at one of the largest produce distribution centers in the country. An additional project partnership installed diesel emission reduction technologies on fleet equipment at the Chelsea Fire Department, the Chelsea Public Works Department and the Eastern Mineral Salt Dock. Combined, both projects are projected to remove 34 tons of nitrogen oxide, 5.7 tons of particulate matter, and reduce fuel use by an estimated 275,000 gallons while saving an estimated $500,000 in operational costs. "The Chelsea Collaborative Green Space & Recreation Committee is deeply appreciative of this recognition from the Northeast Diesel Collaborative," said Roseann Bongiovanni, Associate Executive Director of the Collaborative.  "It is an honor to receive this award for our work and the committee looks forward to further reducing diesel emissions in the community and region through similarly innovative and mutually supportive community-based and business-friendly partnerships."  More information on the Chelsea Collaborative Green Space & Recreation Committee

In photo: seated in front: Sharon Heller, Annette Barry-Smith; standing L-R: Joseph Monaco, Robert James, William Nurthen and Atef Ahmed

In photo: seated in front: Sharon Heller, Annette Barry-Smith; standing L-R: Joseph Monaco, Robert James, William Nurthen and Atef Ahmed

Port Commerce Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is being recognized for efforts under its 2009 "Clean Air Strategy for the Port of NY & NJ," designed to reduce pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from all port-related sources. The Port Authority incorporated input from local and state agencies, tenants and customers, as well as environmental and community stakeholders into its strategy. Current initiatives underway include the Truck Replacement Program, the Truck Phase Out Plan, and the Ocean-Going Vessel Low-Sulfur Fuel Program. For more information on the PANYNJ Clean Air Strategy, please visit: http://www.panynj.gov/about/port-initiatives.html

"The Port Authority is committed to working with our private and public partners to implement our Clean Air Strategy," said Port Commerce Director Rick Larrabee. "Reducing air pollution at our ports is an important environmental objective and to achieve this goal, the Port Authority has instituted a multi-prong strategy to reduce emissions across port operations."

Leadership Award (Honorable Mention):

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
In 2010, Casella Waste Systems (CWS) partnering with Chittenden Solid Waste District and with funding from EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, replaced three diesel refuse trucks introducing the first of its compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered fleet of collection vehicles serving Chittenden County, VT. To accommodate the new technology and maintain the reliability of the new CNG vehicles, CWS refurbished its maintenance garage and constructed a CNG fueling station at its transfer station in Williston. "We are proud to service thousands of neighborhoods throughout the northeast,” said John Casella, Chairman and CEO of CWS. “Transitioning our fleet to run on clean, quiet, domestic fuel is just one more way for us to contribute to the health of our communities." Since the initial CNG replacement project, CWS has added four more CNG collection vehicles to the Williston fleet, for a total of seven vehicles furthering the company's ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint and improve air quality.  More information on the Chittenden Solid Waste District's CNG fleet

In photo: front row left to right: Liz DeRuchie, Principal Planner, Air Quality; Mary K. Murphy, Executive Director of the NJTPA; back row left to right: Matthew Holt, Chairman of the NJTPA Board of Trustees; Keith Miller, Manager of Air Quality, Forecasting and Modeling; Brian Fineman, Director of Systems Planning

In photo: front row left to right: Liz DeRuchie, Principal Planner, Air Quality; Mary K. Murphy, Executive Director of the NJTPA; back row left to right: Matthew Holt, Chairman of the NJTPA Board of Trustees; Keith Miller, Manager of Air Quality, Forecasting and Modeling; Brian Fineman, Director of Systems Planning

Transportation Clean Air Measures Program, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Protecting the environment is a key goal in the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s mission statement and in its long-range Plan 2035. To further reduce transportation-related air pollutants, the NJTPA has proactively advanced an innovative Transportation Clean Air Measures program. This ongoing NJTPA program was developed to identify clean air efforts not being generated through existing programs. The NJTPA Board of Trustees and a multi-agency advisory committee guide the effort. In addition to reducing emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases, secondary benefits emerged; including reduced vehicle miles traveled, reduced congestion and fuel consumption, a targeted response to environmental justice issues and increased community awareness regarding noise and air quality. For more information on the NJTPA Transportation Clean Air Measures, please see: http://www.njtpa.org/planning/regional-studies/environment/air-quality.aspx#tcam