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Toronto, Ontario -- July 13, 2016 -- The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and Scout Environmental have announced the four winners of the Grants in Gear funding program.

Grants in Gear is now in its third year. The primary goal of the program is to provide funding to projects that achieve tangible results in emissions reductions or pollution prevention in the transportation sector. Grant applications are also open to individuals or groups pursuing excellence in automotive recycling and reuse techniques.

The winners, located throughout Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, will each receive up to $25,000 to help execute their programs and advance the environmental outcomes of their automotive-related projects.

This year, Grants in Gear included a legacy option to allow previous winners to apply for additional funding to increase existing programs. The review committee agreed that two legacy requests stood out and collectively decided that both would receive funding to extend the benefits of each program. The University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team and Inside Education have both qualified to receive the extended funding.

The four winners for 2016 are:

⦁ University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (Waterloo, Ontario): The team will continue building the EcoCAR 3, a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro being converted into a hybrid vehicle to raise the limits on performance and fuel economy, while decreasing the environmental impact of the vehicle.

⦁ Ecology Action Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia): The Ecology Action Centre plans to implement a transportation plan for schools and increase active transportation capacity among stakeholders across Nova Scotia, to reduce provincial greenhouse gas emissions produced by the transportation sector.

⦁ Inside Education (Edmonton, Alberta): This organization plans to extend the reach of the Clean Air Responsible Schools (CARS) education program to carry on educating students about air quality, specifically related to idling, around their schools.

⦁ Faith & the Common Good (Toronto, Ontario): This initiative will pilot the Walk & Wheel to Worship project to lower the travel based carbon footprint of a diverse group of faith communities across the country.

For more information, please visit autorecyclers.ca.

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