One Fine Day in August…

On August 12 ACSF:

was awarded a one year Google Grant for free Google AdWords advertising. As a participant in the program, ACSF’s ads are displayed alongside related search results on, and when people click on the ad, they are taken to ACSF’s homepage. Designed for registered non-profit organizations, Google Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of Google AdWords, Google’s flagship advertising product. Google Grants has awarded free AdWords advertising to thousands of non-profit groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. Individual and corporate contributions to ACSF are welcome.


Senior Regulatory Counsel Warren Lavey, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, presented a select group of students at the Chicago campus with the latest best practices in cleaner trucking services. The Lavey class at the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy gathered scholars with diverse academic backgrounds – physics, chemistry, biology, urban planning, architecture, engineering, sustainability, environmental science, policy, law, economics, and sociology among them. The group of mostly graduate students hailing from Washington, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere took the course. A few involved in the class also work in the private sector. Many students were bewildered that the federal agencies have not yet integrated emissions targets into their selection of vendors for trucking services. View the presentation on Reforming Government and Corporate Procurement.SISE

Mr. Lavey was instrumental in the Urbana-Champaign campus of University of Illinois becoming a trendsetter among EPA SmartWay partners.

“EPA congratulates The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for registering as a shipper partner in EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership and committing to improve the performance of its freight operations,” said Christopher Grundler, the Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “As the first-ever academic institution to register in SmartWay, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leads the way for universities and other institutions to work as shippers in SmartWay and engage with their carriers and suppliers to improve freight efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions from goods movement while also helping enhance our nation’s energy security.”

University Housing Dining Services joined SmartWay® in a partnership for energy efficiency, according to the university news service. “Students entrust Dining Services with their resources,” said Dawn Aubrey, the associate director of Housing for Dining Services. “We are committed to exercising good stewardship with those resources. We know that students embrace sustainability, and we are committed to reflecting their values by being sustainable in our own practices.” More than 3,000 partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. Since the program’s origin in 2004, SmartWay partners have saved 6 5 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. Read more about Smartway: