IdleAir Opens in Carlisle

IdleAir opens its clean air heating and cooling station at the Flying J in Carlisle, PA off I-81, Exit 52. The IdleAir system provides clean air and other amenities to truck cabs during driver rest periods, without the need to install on-board generators or add-in devices.
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Carlisle Road Diet Wins CABBIE award

Carlisle Road Diet Wins CABBIE award

WHTM ABC new features road diet award.

The Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program

The goal of the grant program is to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality by decreasing emissions from diesel-powered transit and school bus fleets that operate throughout the Commonwealth.  The program will support projects that retrofit, re-power or replace diesel-powered fleet vehicles to lower emissions of pollutants; purchase and install idle reduction technology; or purchase clean alternatively-fueled fleet vehicles.  The grant announcement was published in the February 12, 2011, issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. (41 Pa.B. 908.)  The Department will be accepting applications beginning February 14 and closing on April 14, 2011.  For additional information, please refer to the Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria and the PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program Guidelines and Application.

PA Turnpike Opens No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza June 4th

Pa. Turnpike Opens First No-Idle, Clean-Air Facility For Truckers at New Stanton Service Plaza Today

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Press Release

Truck Stop Electrification facility will help truckers comply with no-idling law.


Truck Stop Electrification facility (Ohio Environmental Council)

NEW STANTON, PA (06/04/2010)(readMedia)– The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) had a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today to mark the opening of a Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) facility at its New Stanton Service Plaza at milepost 77.6 off the westbound lanes of I-76 in Westmoreland County.

The TSE, developed by CabAire LLC, Enfield, Conn., is comprised of towers equipped with modules that fit into truck cab windows to provide heat, air conditioning, internet, TV and electrical power to trucks and other diesel-powered vehicles while the engine is shut off.

Cost to use a TSE module will be about the same as a gallon of diesel fuel per hour. CabAire has agreed to provide the service free of charge for 30-days, from June 4 to July 4.

“We are incredibly proud to have constructed this facility – presently the only one of its kind in the state – on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” said Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier. “This TSE is designed to help reduce pollution and land-development impacts to the neighborhoods surrounding our travel plaza, and it’s just one of several steps we’re taking to provide a greener environment.”

More about how to reduce idling from the US Department of Energy Idle Reduction Portal.

Diesel Pollution, School Buses and Children’s Health (Video)

Diesel Pollution, School Buses and Children’s Health

Air Pollution from diesel vehicles can affect everyone, especially children.

Video produced by the PA Department of Environmental Protection

CABBIE Awards 2007: “Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment”

“Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment”

The ‘CABBIE’ is an award given by the Clean Air Board to people from the business community, medical community, schools or faith organizations in recognition of their leadership in addressing the air quality issue in our community.

From the Business Community:

Keen Transport, Inc.

Jesse Keen is Vice President of Keen Transport Inc., responsible for the purchase and maintenance of approximately 500 trucks and 1200 trailers that are owned and operated by Keen Transport, Cressler Trucking and PDQ Transport. From 1969 until October, 1999 he was president and owner of Keen Truck Rental & Leasing, a multi state leasing company that operated in excess of 2000 pieces of equipment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ameriquest, a national purchasing consortium of truck leasing and trucking companies. Jesse has served on numerous industry associations & trade groups, including president of Central Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. Locally, he has served as Chairman of the annual United Way campaign & on the United Way Board. Most important for us, he serves as an advisor to the CAB executive board. From Jesse, we have been given a peek into the obstacles a driver faces while on the road as well as the maintenance, repair and cost of owning a fleet of trucks. A life long resident of Central Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Harrisburg with his wife Lorraine.

Pushing the transportation industry to take a leadership role in becoming part of the air quality solution, Jesse organized an educational symposium for area trucking firms and warehouse owners to raise awareness of the steps they can take to improve air quality. Jesse and Bill Keen have taken the lead in investing in the latest environmentally-friendly technology for their equipment, and have been active advocates to the DEP Environmental Quality Board for the CAB initiated state-wide anti-idling regulations.

For their leadership in showing their industry and us, how to be better stewards of the environment, Bill and Jesse Keen of Keen Transport, Inc. receive the CABBIE award.

From the Central Pennsylvania Community:

Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso

Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso asked us to convey this message for them:

After living in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Macalusos were ready to live in a place that was not only beautiful but free of the stresses of city living. With two children in tow, Russ and Jean moved to Cumberland County seventeen years ago because it appeared to be an excellent area to work and raise a family. At that time, the landscape was more rural than urban and the presence of trucks was minimal.  Now that the warehousing and trucking industry has grown in leaps and bounds, changing the landscape and air quality, as health professionals, their concern for healthy air to breathe has increased as well.  They are interested both in gathering facts about the quality of the air we breathe and to do what they can to reduce the amount of pollution in the form of particulate matter in that same air.  They realize that they are doing this not only for their three children and future grandchildren but for this great community as well.

For stepping forward to allow the DEP to emplace an air quality monitor on their property, Dr. Russell and Jean Macaluso receive the CABBIE award.

From the Medical Community:

Dr. Philip Carey

Born in Gettysburg, Philip Carey received his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Carey received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1976 and received his Fellowship in Thoracic Medicine from Geisinger Medical Center in 1987. He has been a physician in Carlisle since 1980. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Rebecca and son, Christian.

Dr. Carey gave us the impetus to start the Clean Air Board by writing the letter signed by over ¾ of the Cumberland County physicians, alerting the central Pennsylvania area residents to the dangers of PM2.5. He continues to raise the awareness of the public by giving presentations to elected officials, congregations, schools and organizations.

For his leadership in raising community awareness to the dangers of PM2.5, Dr. Carey receives the CABBIE award.

Drs. Jim and Marion Johnston

Jim and Marion Johnston are both retired physicians – Marion a retired pediatrician and Jim a former surgeon. They have resided in Carlisle for the past 42 years, and have been very involved in community groups, such as the Carlisle Theatre Board and Stevens Mental Health Center. The couple received the Molly Pitcher award for their community service. Marion and Jim have also spent a significant amount of time volunteering their medical services in third world countries such as Africa and Guatemala. They enjoy spending time with their five children and eleven grandchildren.

In the summer of 2005, after the EPA designated many areas around the country, including Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle and several other areas within Pennsylvania, as non-attainment for fine particulates , Jim and Marion raised the alarm in the medical community encouraging them to take action. They have been dependable supporters of CAB activities, still working behind the scenes to instigate action to improve our air quality.

For their leadership in sounding the first call to action on the dangers of PM2.5, Drs. Jim and Marion Johnston receive the CABBIE award.

Dr. David Masland

Dr. David Masland is a life-long resident of Cumberland County except for his time in medical school and serving his country in Panama. As a boy he used to ride horses to the top of the mountain and see clearly across the valley. As a young man he had the opportunity to study grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and to learn falconry from the naturalists, Frank and John Craighead. His education and military service complete, David and Elizabeth – Trouble to her friends – came back home and raised their daughters, Janet and Kim, and their son, David, while practicing medicine. Now retired they have grandchildren they care about.  Dr. Masland has been the leading citizen of his generation in promoting conservation in our area, helping with all nature preservation efforts in recent memory.  Two summers ago Dr. Masland risked his reputation by placing his name on an open letter from physicians concerned with air pollution in Cumberland County.  You see, he was the one who took the crank calls.  Dr. Masland has received a number of awards for his good works but none of these awards have meant as much to him and his family as his resignation from the school board.  CAB wants to change that.  In the summer of 2005, Dr. Masland solicited area physicians’ support for the letter written by Dr. Phil Carey on the dangers of PM2.5. After receiving 106 signatures, he placed an ad in area newspapers to raise awareness and as a call for action. We want Dr. Masland to think of what he set in motion by publishing that open letter in the local newspapers every time he looks at this oak tree.  This monitor that we are celebrating today is a direct result of that letter.

For his leadership in organizing physicians to raise community awareness of the dangers of PM2.5, Dr. Masland receives the CABBIE award.

From the Religious Community:

Second Presbyterian Church

When Associate Pastor Jennifer McKenna read about Central Pennsylvania’s poor air quality in the advertisement published in area newspapers by physicians in August 2005, she inspired her church members to take action to address the problem. Second Presbyterian Church Sessions and members have continued to inspire and support the Clean Air Board while encouraging all congregations to join the Clean Air Board.

For its members’ unending support, which allowed the vision of CAB to become a reality, the Second Presbyterian Church receives the CABBIE Award.

From the Student Community:

Greg Ellerman

Greg graduated from Dickinson College in 2006 with an Environmental Science major. Born and raised in Newville, Pennsylvania, he feels fortunate to have attended college so close to his home and family. During the summer of 2006 Greg completed an academic internship which involved the new Dickinson Biodiesel project. Greg’s main objective for this project was to create a system for producing Biodiesel for use in all the college’s diesel equipment. Greg was instrumental in the entire process, from establishing contacts of local businesses to obtain used oil, picking up and delivering oil barrels, setting up the whole processing equipment, processing the oil and washing usable fuel. Now that he has completed his Dickinson degree, Greg hopes to attend Shippensburg University to begin his Masters degree in Geo. Environmental Studies. For now, Greg is enjoying working on the farm and riding horses.

For his efforts in bringing a more environmentally friendly alternative fuel to the Dickinson College community which helps improve all of our air quality, Greg Ellerman receives the CABBIE award.

Jensen Gelfond

Jensen Gelfond is a junior Environmental Studies major at Dickinson College. He originally hails from Long Valley, New Jersey, though his parents now live in the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. For the past two semesters Jensen has completed research with CAB on solutions to diesel truck idling. On campus Jensen has worked for the past 5 semesters as an Environmental Sustainability intern, implementing programs to aid in Dickinson’s recycling, waste reduction, and global warming awareness programs. Last semester he participated in Dickinson’s integrated environmental studies watershed semester, where he spent a month traveling to Louisiana to study marsh wetland loss and Hurricane Katrina. He resides in Dickinson’s Center for Sustainable Living, which is an environmentally friendly intentional community on Dickinson’s campus. When not stumping for the environment, Jensen enjoys backpacking, racquetball, and listening to baseball on the radio.

He has done two research papers for not only his classes, but for the CAB. The first paper is called Legislative and Technology Solutions to Truck-Generated Diesel Particulate Pollution in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and another paper that will be completed soon is called Reducing Diesel Truck Idling in Pennsylvania: An Examination of a Proposed Statewide Anti-Idling Regulation. Jensen received national attention from Argonne National Labs, who read his paper, “Legislative and Technological Solutions to Truck-Generated Diesel Particulate Pollution In Cumberland County, Pennsylvania” after it was posted on the CAB website. CAB used some of his research for our presentations.

For his efforts implementing the latest environmentally friendly programs for Dickinson College and for sharing his research papers with us, Jensen Gelfond receives the CABBIE award.

SmartWay Transport Partnership: Low-Cost EPA Loans for Emissions Reduction

SmartWay Transport Partnership is an EPA program that offers low-cost loans for truckers to buy wide tires, aerodynamic farings, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters and A.P.U.’s.

SmartWay: US EPA

Basic Information

In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM — an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.

In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions.  However, the impact of the brand is much greater as the SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations.

All of EPA SmartWay transportation programs result in significant, measurable air quality and/or greenhouse gas improvements while maintaining or improving current levels of other emissions and/or pollutants.

EPA believes the quality of the environment is everyone’s responsibility; therefore, SmartWay is positioned as a personal choice that can make a difference for the environment.

Find out what you can do to save fuel, money, and the environment with SmartWay:

SmartWay Vehicles

Fuel Options

SmartWay Transport Partnership

SmartWay Tractors and Trailers

SmartWay Financing Options


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