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.
The port communities of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia face some of the most severe air quality problems in the nation. Ground transportation of goods is a significant source of emissions that cause smog and other harmful air pollutants linked to multiple health and environmental problems. The EFC has partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) to implement the Ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia (DE-PA) Dray Truck Replacement Program. Funded by an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency DERA grant, the program aims to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods to and from the Ports of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia.
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.