Past Honorees


In 1989, the SCAQMD hosted the first annual Clean Air Awards and recognized outstanding businesses, organizations, municipalities, and individuals who have championed the southland's fight for clean air. Since then, nearly 300 Clean Air Heroes have been awarded for their efforts to clean the air. Each year, awards are presented in five categories which include Air Pollution Technology, Innovative Transportation Projects, Model Community Achievements, Promotion of Good Environmental Stewardship, and Public Education on Air Quality Issues. In addition to the five awards presented each year, the SCAQMD honors two faithful clean air advocates by presenting the Robert M. Zweig, M.D. Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award and S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government. To view all historical Clean Air Award recipients, visit the award categories below.

Categories 2016 to Present

  • Innovative Clean Air Technology
    This award is presented for an extraordinary contribution to the development and application of a new and innovative technology designed to reduce emissions.  Examples include the development and production of cleaner fuels, such as alternative diesel fuels and renewable fuels; improved engine design resulting in significantly lower criteria pollutant emissions; a new product that helps other technologies reduce emissions; or an improved technological process resulting in lower emissions during the process.

  • Model Community Achievement
    This award is presented to an exceptional single program or comprehensive strategy that improves air quality and sustainability in a community.  This award is intended to recognize collaborative/integrated efforts or programs involving the public, business, nonprofits and government.   Examples of eligible programs within this category include those programs which strengthen sustainability and/or further environmental stewardship, innovative transportation programs such as those promoting public transportation and other transportation methods (such as walking, bicycling, ridesharing, vanpools, etc.) that reduce reliance on single passenger vehicles, efforts that decrease vehicle miles traveled, strategies resulting in reduction of traffic congestion and improved air quality and health, improvements that increase energy efficiency and increased conservation, and local planning efforts which successfully incorporate environmentally sensitive zoning.

  • Clean Air Education and Outreach
    This award is presented for an outstanding individual or group effort designed to educate the public on air quality issues, promote efforts to improve air quality, or both. Examples of education include public speaking, working with a special interest group, media outreach, or any effort that helped the public understand what air pollution is and what can be done to help clean the air that we breathe. Examples of outreach efforts include partnerships and cooperative programs that increase awareness of alternative transportation, foster innovative home or community design, improve environmental education, promote zero-emission technologies and processes, or other actions with positive air quality results.

  • Business Leadership in Air Quality
    An outstanding effort by a small or large business to advance effective solutions to the problem of poor air quality in the South Coast region.  Such efforts should be beyond any local, state or federal requirement.  Nominated businesses must have a physical presence in California and must demonstrate initiative-driven leadership impacting other businesses, academia or their community.
  •  Youth Leadership in Air Quality
     An outstanding effort by an individual (aged 18 or younger) who has shown a commitment to
     cleaning up air pollution.  An emphasis will be on the personal efforts, uniqueness and inspirational
     value of the youth and the youth's efforts.
       
  • Robert M. Zweig, M.D. Memorial Award
    In honor of Dr. Robert M. Zweig’s advocacy for clean air, this award was established to honor a physician who has shown a deep commitment to improving public health by reducing air pollution. Dr. Zweig was a family practice physician who treated many patients with respiratory illnesses contributed by the smog. Dr. Zweig fought the smog battle by initiating research groups and promoting clean technologies by demonstrating one of the first hydrogen fuel cell buses.
           
  • S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government
    This special award category is given in the memory of clean air champion S. Roy Wilson, Ed.D, former Riverside County Supervisor, and SCAQMD Governing Board Vice Chairman. Dr. Wilson faithfully served for nearly 22-years as a member of the SCAQMD Board and as a strong voice for healthful air and a healthy economy. This award is given to an individual who serves as a role model for genuine leadership in clean air progress.

Categories 1989 - 2015

  • Advancement of Air Pollution Technology
    Innovators who have contributed to the development and application of new technology designed to reduce emissions will be found in this category. Examples include the development and application of cleaner fuels, improved engine design or an improved technological process.

  • Model Community Achievement
    Collaboration is the key for this category and recipients must have combined efforts to promote good air quality in their program to involve the public, business and government. You'll find programs that have enhanced public transportation, establishment of recycling centers, improved energy conservation and environmentally sensitive zoning.

  • Innovative Transportation Projects
    Projects designed “outside of the box” including ride share programs and have demonstrated air quality benefits through use of a single alternative transportation mode or of a comprehensive transportation strategy are found here.

  • Promotion of Good Environmental Stewardship
    Individuals and organizations that have shown leadership and commitment in promoting good stewardship of the environment, for themselves and others are presented in this category. You’ll find those who have tackled environmental justice, alternative transportation, innovative home or community design, education, or the promotion of new technologies and process, or other action with positive air quality results.

  • Public Education on Air Quality Issues
    Outstanding educators or groups that excelled in educating the public on air quality issues are highlighted here. Recipients of this award have engaged the public through public speaking, work with a special interest group, media outreach, or other effort that helped in explaining what smog is and help them understand how they can help clean the air.

  • Robert M. Zweig, M.D. Memorial Award
    This award was established in honor of Dr. Robert M. Zweig, a family practice physician who, for many years, championed the cause of clean air. He served on many air quality advisory committees and was a strong advocate of hydrogen power and fuel cell technology. Each year, the award is given to a health professional who has shown a deep commitment to improving public health by reducing air pollution.

  • S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government
    This special award category is given in the memory of clean air champion S. Roy Wilson, Ed.D, former Riverside County Supervisor, and SCAQMD Governing Board Vice Chairman. Dr. Wilson faithfully served for nearly 22-years as a member of the SCAQMD Board and as a strong voice for healthful air and a healthy economy. This award is given to an individual who serves as a role model for genuine leadership in clean air progress.

  • Special Recognition
    Since the inception of the Clean Air Awards, the SCAQMD has crossed paths with many great leaders and organizations that have contributed to and were passionate about making the air better for everyone to breathe. To honor some of these people and organizations, special recognition was given at the annual Clean Air Awards reception.

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