(ATLANTA, GA 05.12.10)
The Clean Air Campaign received a $50,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to educate Georgia drivers and employers about the harmful effects of vehicle idling, which releases hazardous pollutants into the air, wastes gas and money, and causes increased wear and tear on vehicles.
The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that encourages actions that improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. This grant from The UPS Foundation will allow The Clean Air Campaign to continue its work with Georgia employers, property managers and schools to develop best practices and policies for reducing unnecessary engine idling, provide free “no-idle zone” signage, distribute educational and marketing materials, and provide the tools necessary to measure the impact and success of idling reduction programs.
“Thanks to The UPS Foundation, The Clean Air Campaign has already enlisted the active participation of more than 300 employers and schools with thousands of vehicles to take action to eliminate unnecessary idling,” said Kevin Green, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. “This grant will allow us to get even more drivers to turn off their engines, making further strides in the improvement of Georgia’s air quality and public health.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the The Clean Air Campaign and provide support for building stronger communities.
“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support The Clean Air Campaign’s efforts to reduce traffic and air pollution,” said Ken Sternad, president of the UPS Foundation.
About The Clean Air Campaign
The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with Georgia's employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality. To accomplish this goal, The Clean Air Campaign, along with its associate organizations, partners with more than 1,600 employers to create custom commute options programs; and annually helps thousands of commuters find commute alternatives that work for them, providing financial incentives to get them started. The Clean Air Campaign also protects public health by issuing Smog Alerts and empowers students, parents and teachers to play a positive role in reducing traffic and cleaning the air through a multi-faceted education program reaching elementary, middle and high schools.
Each day, these programs reduce 1.6 million miles of vehicle travel and keep 800 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. For more information, call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) or visit http://www.CleanAirCampaign.org.
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