NMMA honors members with environmental award

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently recognized a group of individuals who made contributions to the recreational boating industry during the last year with an Environmental Achievement Award.

The award, which was presented last week at the American Boating Congress, recognizes “NMMA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, offering innovative and original advancements in research.”

This year’s six recipients collectively shared their expertise and successfully tested alternatives to gasoline mixed with ethanol, showing promise for the next generation of renewable fuels. Last summer’s on-the-water isobutanol testing resulted in the advancement of an encouraging alternative to E15.

The 2012 Environmental Achievement Award recipients are:

• Rich Kolb, engineering manager, Emissions, Regulations, Parts & Accessories, Volvo Penta

• Jeff Wasil, Bombardier Recreational Products emissions certification engineer

• John Adey, American Boat and Yacht Council president

• Brian Goodwin, American Boat and Yacht Council technical director

• Dave Munz, Gevo business development manager

• Ryck Lydecker, BoatUS assistant vice president of government affairs

    “NMMA is honored to have such motivated and innovative members. This type of research is critical to the success of our industry as we work together to discover new and creative ways to solve policy and regulatory challenges,” NMMA director of environmental safety and compliance John McKnight said in presenting the awards.

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