Midlands Biofuels earned recognition as Outstanding Business for its partnership with Lexington and Richland County School District Five and local restaurants in an initiative to collect used cooking oil and turn it into biofuel. This effort successfully increased environmental awareness among students, parents, faculty and staff, as well as local businesses in Lexington and Richland Counties, and reduced harmful emissions of pollutants such as air toxics, particulates and sulfur dioxide up to 80%.
The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee earned recognition for Outstanding Community Campaign for their actions and leadership in the Upstate to keep the skies in South Carolina clear and beautiful. This committee is comprised of business, community, and public service representatives from entities including BMW, Michelin, Duke Energy, Upstate SC Alliance, Upstate Forever, Ten at the Top, in addition to state and county governments. This diverse group of environmental leaders exemplifies community partnership at its best.
Through community projects, the committee reduced harmful emissions and successfully accomplished the following:
The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee's actions created a healthier and more efficient environment. Their efforts now serve as an excellent model for clean air efforts for other communities and organizations across our state and beyond.
The South Carolina State Ports Authority earned its recognition as Outstanding Local Government by developing and implementing emission reduction strategies that successfully led to positive behavior changes by truck drivers, port employees, shippers, and local/regional businesses.
These efforts have resulted in approximately a 50% reduction in total criteria pollution emissions since 2005 and successfully accomplished the following:
The residents of Charleston, Georgetown and Greer have directly benefitted from the diminished truck traffic, reduced harmful emissions, increased awareness regarding more efficient truck fleets and improved air quality. These practices have also indirectly benefitted residents and travelers throughout South Carolina, as well as all over the country.