The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition is a current partner of the Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative, which seeks to reduce diesel emissions through voluntary efforts to improve air quality and protect human health by promoting grants, leveraging additional funding and offering technical assistance and education to interested parties in Region 8.
Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country. Even with more stringent heavy-duty highway engine standards set to take effect over the next decade, over the next twenty years millions of diesel engines already in use will continue to emit large amounts of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, both of which contribute to serious public health problems. These problems are manifested by thousands of instances of premature mortality, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, millions of lost work days, and numerous other health impacts.
The Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative, the local arm of the National Clean Diesel Campaign is a partnership of federal, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and environmental groups in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The Collaborative was established in November 2006 and is part of a national campaign to reduce diesel emissions. Goals include:
- Upgrading/retrofitting existing diesel engines with improved emission control technologies;
- Replacing oldest engines/vehicles in legacy fleets with newer, less polluting engines/vehicles;
- Converting fleets to cleaner burning fuels and/or Biofuels,
- Encouraging policies and practices to reduce unnecessary idling and
- Assisting with clean diesel projects by promoting grants and leveraging additional funding
Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative on the EPA website.