In the past half-century, vehicles, industry, and aerosol-based consumer products have emitted several tons of particulate matter, nitrous oxide, sulfur oxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Along with harming human health, air pollution can cause a variety of environmental effects such as: acid rain, eutrophication, haze, effects on wildlife, ozone depletion, crop and forest damage, and global climate change.
The Environmental Finance Center combats air pollution by assisting in the administration of several programs, including the Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program and the Maryland Clean Car Clinic. Vehicles are the single largest contributors to air pollution, yet efforts to increase the efficiency of consumer and commercial vehicles can significantly improve local air, water, and soil quality. See projects below for more information.
In 2015 the EFC partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) to implement the Ports of Delaware and Virginia (DE-VA) Dray Truck Replacement Program. Funded by an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency DERA grant, the program aimed to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods to and from the Ports of Wilmington, Delaware and Virginia. The program required older trucks to be scrapped and provided applicants up to $30,000 towards the purchase of a newer vehicle with an engine that met or exceeded 2010 EPA emissions certified engine standards.
UPDATE: This program is now closed.
The Mid-Atlantic Dray Truck Replacement Program provided grant funds to replace older vehicles with more emission-efficient engines and recognized program partners for achieving goals that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods.
Past Project. The Maryland Clean Car Clinic program was an effort to educate the public on the benefits of keeping a vehicle well maintained. These free clinics provided motorists with the opportunity to have their vehicles inspected by an accredited automotive technician. Motorists learned ways to maintain their cars to keep them running cleanly, thereby reducing costly repairs and extending the life of the vehicle.