Canada's trucking industry unveils clean air plan

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance, a federation of Canada’s provincial trucking associations, last week unveiled a 14-point plan to drastically reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions.

According to CTA, enacting the measures would yield the air quality equivalent of removing more than 200,000 trucks from the road.

Biodiesel puts on a suit: Fuel-heavy industries are turning to an alternative

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Biodiesel used to look more like a hobby than a business. It attracted a passionate following among environmentalists and people worried about the world’s dependence on petroleum. They made biodiesel in small batches and burned it in their diesel-engine Volkswagens and Mercedes. It remained far from the mass market.

But in recent years biodiesel has started to make inroads in industries that consume large amounts of fuel. One by one, businesses such as Phil Foster Ranch are trying biodiesel and growing more comfortable with it. Government agencies with large vehicle fleets are testing it as well.

Keene High students lobby for biodiesel in buses — and win

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After months of pressing Laidlaw International to consider switching to cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel in their Keene school buses, high school seniors Leeanne Hamel and Alex Ramsay finally received word that the company would investigate making the change.

Youth Venture/Youth Service America Program

The Youth Venture/Youth Service America (YSA) Program is providing up to $1,000 in start-up funds for young people to create sustainable projects for National and Global Youth Service Day 2007, April 20-22. Thirty awards of up to $1,000 in start-up funds are available to young people (ages 12-20) who want to create new, sustainable, and civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses. Although the projects should be youth-led, each Youth Venture team is required to have at least one adult mentor who offers support and guidance to the team. Youth Venture projects have ranged from using a theatre to provide positive activities for urban youth to running a magazine that focuses on youth issues. Applications must be submitted by July 24, 2006.

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The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is presented to three nonprofit organizations annually in recognition of innovative, existing programs that have made a difference in the lives of the people served. The selected programs must exemplify innovation by demonstrating new dimensions or standards of performance. The Award is accompanied by a first place prize of $25,000 and two runners-up prizes of $5,000 and $2,500. The cash prizes are unrestricted and designed to celebrate and further the work of innovative nonprofit organizations in the United States. The application deadline is August 15, 2006.

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Patagonia Offers Support for Environmental Work

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations.

Patagonia supports small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas and multi-pronged campaigns designed to preserve and protect local habitats.

The company funds work that is action-oriented; builds public involvement and support; is strategic; focuses on root causes; accomplishes specific goals and objectives; and takes place in communities in which Patagonia does business.

Patagonia does not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor; general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or conservation easements; research (unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for
specific action to alleviate an environmental problem); conferences; endowment funds; or political campaigns.

Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000. Proposals for this round of funding will be accepted during the month of August.

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