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WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) here was recognized with the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts to reduce use and emissions of methyl bromide.
In 1990 EPA established the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards to recognize exceptional leadership, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the Earth's stratospheric ozone layer. In 2006 eight individuals, organizations, associations, and teams earned the award through originality and public purpose, moral and persuasive leadership, and elimination of emission of ozone-depleting substances. An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and nongovernmental organizations reviewed nominations, with EPA making the final award selections.
"EPA applauds the accomplishments of the 2006 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award winners. Thanks to organizations like the California Strawberry Commission, the Earth's fragile ozone layer is on its way to recovery," said William Wehrum, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation.
Mark Murai, CSC president noted: "Our industry is leading the nation in making the transition to alternatives and applying new technologies to reduce emissions. We have dedicated more funds than any other commodity group in the world to research alternatives, and have recently increased funding for emissions reductions research. We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to a healthy environment."
CSC also participated in the Climate Tech conference -- a special briefing on the future of climate technology, establishing a forum for public-/private-sector deliberation on the role of industrial technology in controlling the atmospheric impact of global industrial development. The briefing provides award recipients the opportunity to explore the basic strategic challenges with thought-leaders and policymakers who are shaping the climate technology horizon.
In the first 16 years the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award has been presented to 485 individuals, organizations and teams from 40 countries on six continents.