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Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference to be Held in Atlanta

Release Date: 06/18/2010
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – June 18, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will join a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit and industry organizations to hold the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) Fifth Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta on June 22-23, 2010. The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is a public-private partnership composed of stakeholders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The goal of the collaborative is to improve air quality and public health by reducing emissions from existing diesel engines and equipment from the Freight, Non-Road and Public Fleet focus areas. The conference will “Focus on the Future” for clean diesel and include lessons learned from testimony and case studies for strategies and projects, options to finance future efforts, and opportunities on the horizon.

What: Southeast Diesel Collaborative Fifth Annual Partners Meeting

When: June 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00: Biodiesel Workshop
June 22, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
June 23, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
June 24, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon: Marketing and Outreach Workshop

Where: DoubleTree Hotel- Buckhead

      3342 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia
      (404) 231-1234

Two workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference. A Biodiesel Workshop on June 21 will provide a hands-on biodiesel production demonstration, along with panelists from current industry, regulatory and research groups. On June 24, a Marketing and Outreach workshop will be held to provide professional experience on how to develop successful outreach, including a breakout session to develop marketing campaigns for the three focus areas.

This year’s winners of the SEDC Annual Leadership award will be recognized on June 22 – North Carolina Solar Center (the community leader) and United Parcel Service (the private industry leader).

Organized in early 2006 by EPA Region 4, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative has enjoyed unprecedented success in bringing together leaders from federal, state and local governments, organizations, industry and academia to reduce diesel engine emissions across the eight southeastern states. Focused on promoting energy independence, a cleaner environment and growing, sustainable economies, this partnership offers wide ranging health and economic benefits to public fleets, freight, and nonroad sectors.

The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, a program combining regulatory measures with voluntary initiatives to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country. Visit the Southeast Diesel Collaborative website at: