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2010 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Group Meeting and Awards Presentaion

The 2010 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Group meeting was held on June 30 and July 1, 2010, at the DoubleTree hotel in Chicago, IL. On this page you will find copies of the presentations given, the meeting agenda, and other materials that were handed out to attendees. On the second half of this page, you can learn more about the organizations and individual that won this year's Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Group awards.2010 MCDI LG Meeting Attendees

Leadership Group Meeting Materials:

2010 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Recognition Program

The 2010 Midwest Clean Diesel Leadership Recognition Program raises awareness and recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant, measurable improvements in air quality through the development and/or implementation of clean diesel actions (i.e. retrofits, replacements, fuels, education, leveraged funding, etc.). There are many ways to demonstrate leadership. This may include bringing organizations together to identify and implement emissions reduction projects, education and outreach, leveraging of funding, technology development, innovative financing, and other efforts that demonstrate leadership. These awards signify the recipients commitment to air quality improvement and clean diesel actions.

2010 Leadership Group Award Winners

2010 MCDI LG Award Winners

Respiratory Health Association Of Metropolitan Chicago
Joel J. Africk, President and CEO

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Brandy Toft, Air Quality Specialist

The Interlake Steamship Company
Mark Barker, President

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director

Special Individual Recognition by the MCDI Leadership Group

Brian Mormino, Cummins, Inc.

Brian Mormino is an individual who has made a significant contribution to not just the Midwest Clean Diesel initiative, but to the nation-wide push for voluntary diesel actions. In fact, without his work, there might not even be a Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative! Mr. Mormino, who is now with Cummins, was a founding co-chair for the Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative and also on the National level, one of the people responsible for the existence of a national program to reduce diesel emissions.

On the national level he helped create the National program that we see today through his role in Senator Voinovich’s administration. The language he helped craft ultimately became the Diesel Emissions Reduction provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, or DERA. This action created a central funding source at the federal level to support competitive programs and a state allocation to create programs at the state level across the country.

As EPA had created a National Clean Diesel Campaign, the EPA regional offices were beginning for form their own coalitions and create a structure and network to focus on clean diesel actions. Mr. Mormino served as the private sector co-chair from his new role at Cummins. It was through his efforts that private industry became such a strong part of the Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative. He got them on board and convinced them to sign on to collaborative principles to set the direction of MCDI.

He continues as a co-chair of MCDI and provides overall program direction and insight into how we can make improvements to grow the network and implement meaningful projects that support larger goals.

Without his efforts, the National and Regional campaigns to reduce diesel emissions would not have flourished so we thank him or all his work and for getting us all, nationally, to this level of accomplishment.

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