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High School Student Receives National Clean Air Excellence Award


WASHINGTON, Apr 05, 2006 - Standing among local and state governments, industry leaders and citizens groups, high school student Brent Singleton is being recognized for his on-going efforts to promote cleaner air nationwide by the United States Environmental Protection Agency at their sixth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

“This year’s competition showed us an impressive range of individuals, businesses, local governments, and other entities working to improve air quality. We are honored to recognize them for their ability to create and implement effective projects and programs to reduce air pollution,” said William L. Wehrum, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Air and Radiation.

The Clean Air Excellence Awards program, sponsored by EPA, recognizes and honors outstanding, innovative efforts to make progress in achieving cleaner air. Nominated by the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, Brent Singleton is the first individual youth ever to be awarded this honor and is being recognized for his work in the education and outreach areas by showing that youth can be environmentally friendly in a fast way. His passion for electric vehicles has made him the first to bring full-electric, Hybrid, Tribrid and Quadbrid vehicles to the world’s most famous land speed raceway, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Brent hopes that alternative drive advancements initiated in race cars will lead to improved environmentally-friendly performance capabilities for highway vehicles.

“I race for education and public awareness. There are no trophies or prizes when I race, but I want to be environmentally friendly and fast,” said Brent Singleton.

In addition, Mr. Singleton continues to demonstrate to his peers and the world energy efficient and environmentally friendly automobiles are a realistic option by driving his electric vehicle to school on a daily basis. Brent’s work is also being recognized with a President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) this year. PEYA is the Environmental Protection Agency’s way of encouraging students ages 5 through 18 to participate in a community project that has a positive environmental impact. Brent also recently earned the opportunity to compete for prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science.



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