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May 2014

NCTCOG honored with EPA SmartWay award

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized the North Central Texas Council of Governments in April as one of 10 recipients of a SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award for support of policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency. The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national campaign developed by the EPA to acknowledge organizations that participate in SmartWay and do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals. The challenge was open to all affiliates nationwide.

Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozone and have until 2018 to meet the EPA’s standard. The freight industry is crucial to the region’s efforts to clean the air. In the region, 18-wheelers account for 52 tons of nitrogen oxides per day, 29 percent of total on-road transportation sources.  SmartWay Affiliate Challenge honorees have initiated and executed recruiting, promotional and marketing activities that raise awareness and encourage their members to address air pollution from freight activities. These affiliates serve as role models for other SmartWay affiliates and partners. A SmartWay member since 2006, NCTCOG promotes the initiative throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and provides education and outreach to potential partners and affected industries through its programs, workshops and webinars.

One tool being used to improve air quality in Dallas-Fort Worth is the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, which has helped qualifying motorists repair or replace more than 50,000 high-emitting vehicles since 2002. NCTCOG uses AirCheckTexas to educate participating dealerships and applicants about passenger vehicles that have earned the SmartWay designation.

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