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EPA to Spotlight Green Technologies at Grand Opening of Zarco Earth Friendly Fuels Station in Lawrence, Kan.

Release Date: 06/27/2008
Contact Information: Beckie Himes, 913-551-7253 or 913-387-7548,

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(Kansas City, Kan., June 27, 2008) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will highlight green technologies at next week's grand opening of the Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels Station in Lawrence, Kan. Besides offering a variety of ethanol and biodiesel fuels, the station at 2005 W. 9th Street (corner of 9th and Iowa streets) is being designed and built with a number of environmentally-friendly aspects, including:

  • Energy-efficient lighting and signage
  • A green roof garden and rain garden to reduce urban heat-island effects and stormwater runoff, while filtering pollutants and greenhouse gases from the air
  • Video screens carrying environmental education information
  • Waste reduction and recycling, and
  • Energy production through solar technology
To develop a framework for other fuel stations that might want to "go green" with similar approaches, EPA will scientifically evaluate the energy and pollution reduction benefits of the Zarco station. In recognition of their commitment to green technologies, EPA Region 7 will present station representatives with a Blue Skyways Collaborative Partnership Award.

Additional stakeholders in the venture include the University of Kansas, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Revenue, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Corn Growers, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Kansas, and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas.

WHO: U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore; John B. Askew, EPA Region 7 Administrator; Adrian Polansky, Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary; Mike Dever, Mayor of Lawrence
WHAT: Grand opening of Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels Station
WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2008
WHERE: 2005 W. 9th St. (corner of 9th and Iowa streets), Lawrence, Kan.
DIRECTIONS: From Kansas City: I-70 West to the East Lawrence exit (Exit 204), then left on 3rd Street/State Hwys. 59/40. Cross the Kansas River bridge, then turn right onto 6th Street. Follow 6th to Iowa Street, then left to 9th Street. From Topeka: I-70 East to the West Lawrence exit (Exit 202), then south on Iowa Street to 9th Street. Parking available adjacent to the station at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive.

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