LOS ANGELES – The 2008 Blue Sky Award ceremony and luncheon on June 10 will recognize outstanding marketplace contributions to clean air, energy efficiency, and to the clean transportation industry overall by companies, organizations, and individuals.

This year's winners are:

Eaton Corporation, of Cleveland – Blue Sky Award for being the world's first in developing and bringing to market both hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic systems for medium and heavy commercial vehicles.

Business Region, Goteborg of Sweden – the Charles R. Imbrecht Blue Sky Innovation Award for catalyzing Sweden 's use of biomethane as a renewable transportation fuel now powering 4,500 natural gas cars, trucks and buses and a commuter train.

Southern Counties Express, Inc., of Los Angeles – Blue Sky Merit Award for buying a fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) port trucks and operating an LNG fueling station that is publicly available to the port trucking community.

Union Pacific Railroad Co., of Omaha, Neb. – Blue Sky Merit Award for the development, procurement and deployment of more than 150 ultra-low emitting "Genset" multi-engine diesel switching locomotives.

ZipCar, of San Francisco – Blue Sky Merit Award for its car-sharing program and its impact on the environment, reduction of parking demands, lessening of traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions.


The 2008 Blue Sky Award awards ceremony and luncheon will be held on June 10 at the Hilton Universal City, 11.30am – 1.30pm.  Please visit www.calstart.org for more information to register or about sponsoring this special event supporting green transportation. Questions may also be directed to Betsey Brown at bbrown@calstart.org or (626) 744-5632.