The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is seeking nominations for its 2009 Exemplar Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the prevention or control of air pollution in the High Desert.


 


Eligible candidates include local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to clean air through the development of voluntary air pollution prevention or control activities/projects within the MDAQMD's jurisdiction, which includes the San Bernardino County High Desert and Blythe in Riverside County.  Nominated individuals must service communities or reside within District boundaries


 


In 2009, the City of Barstow received the Exemplar for taking the lead in advancing local alternative fuel usage through the construction of  the area's first public-access liquefied natural gas/liquefied compressed natural gas fueling station.  Since the station opened, the city has replaced 14 of its transit vehicles to cleaner-burning CNG, while Barstow's refuse hauler has begun converting its diesel truck fleet to natural gas, and has become a regular customer of PAGE TWO OF TWO the facility, as have many private vehicles throughout the region.


 


Nominations must be postmarked or received at MDAQMD offices by Thursday, August 20 at 5 p.m.  The Exemplar Awards will be presented in association with National Pollution Prevention Week, September 21-27.  To receive a Nomination Packet, or for more information, contact the MDAQMD's Community Relations & Education Office at (760) 245-1661, ext. 6104.  The packet is also available at the MDAQMD's website at www.mdaqmd.ca.gov.