Proposals accepted for Rockport Spencer County grant program to reduce diesel emissions, improve air quality

July 15, 2015  

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. Grant proposals are now being accepted for the Rockport Spencer County - Cleaner Air through Diesel Emission Reductions program, South Shore Clean Cities announced Wednesday (July 15).

This competitive grant award program is aimed at improving air quality in and around the Rockport Spencer County area in Indiana through diesel emissions reduction projects. Funds totaling $440,000 will be available to support qualified projects submitted by municipalities and related local government agencies, public schools, not-for-profit hospitals and other organization with a strong public focus.

The request for proposal and application forms for the grant program can be downloaded at by clicking on the "RSC –CADER" program logo on the left side of this Web page. Applications are due before 5 p.m. CST on Aug. 31, 2015.

The grant program is the result of an agreement between American Electric Power and the Citizens Oversight Committee consisting of: Sierra Club; Citizen Action Coalition of Indiana; Indiana Wildlife Federation; Hoosier Environmental Council; and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.

Eligible diesel vehicle emission reduction projects include: diesel vehicle exhaust retrofits; idle reduction technologies, including telematics to monitor and modify idling behavior; diesel vehicle engine upgrades or repowers; and diesel vehicle replacements. 

Contact Deb Backhus, RSC-Cleaner Air through Diesel Emission Reductions program manager, at or 219-644-3693 for additional information or assistance in completing an application. Alternatively, Spencer County partners Bobby Clark and Paul Medcalf of Sustainable Business Ventures are available to address questions and assist in identifying eligible projects (contact Medcalf at or 812 629 1287). 

About South Shore Clean Cities Inc.

Designated as the 71st Clean Cities Coalition on June 15, 1999, South Shore Clean Cities Inc. was founded on the principle that motivated individuals working together for common goals best accomplish our nation's objectives. In almost 100 coalitions, government agencies and private companies voluntarily form partnerships that meet the objectives of improving air quality, developing regional economic opportunities and reducing the use of imported oil. South Shore Clean Cities is an affiliate with the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana. 

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana - West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubator Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at 

Purdue Research Park contact: Hillary Henry, 765-588-3586,   

Source: Carl Lisek, 219-644-3690, 

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