For the past 15 years, Clean Air Minnesota has worked to improve the air Minnesotans breathe, and Bill Droessler has been there almost every step of the way.
For his dedication to improving our air quality, the Minnesota Public Health Association honored Droessler at a ceremony during their annual conference on May 15 with the Harvey G. Rogers Award for Environmental Health Leadership.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Minnesota Public Health Association for the work Clean Air Minnesota has been able to accomplish over the past 15 years,” said Droessler. “We recognize that, despite the positive impacts we’ve made and having generally good air quality in the state, we still face troubling disparities across economic and sociodemographic populations. Simply put: we don’t all breathe the same air and there is more work to be done.”
Droessler, Senior Director, Project Development and Clean Air with Environmental Initiative, brings experience and perspective from all sides of the issues. He was with Clean Air Minnesota at its beginnings and has substantial expertise on diesel emission reductions and air quality. Droessler has worked on environmental issues for major international corporations, state and federal agencies and nonprofits.
Under Droessler’s leadership, Clean Air Minnesota has:
- Installed emission reduction equipment on over 4,600 heavy-duty diesel engines, including every eligible school bus in Minnesota, making our communities and kids healthier
- Helped 36 small businesses convert polluting equipment to more environmentally friendly options
- Swapped out over 200 older, less efficient wood-burning stoves in northern Minnesota, reducing the equivalent of 533,000 cars from the road annually
- Leveraged more than $10 million in private investment and achieved the air quality equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from the road each year
“We are very proud of what Clean Air Minnesota has accomplished over the past 15 years, and we would not be where we are today without Bill’s leadership,” said Mike Harley, Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Initiative. “He truly embodies the partnership required to improve our quality of life and has worked tirelessly to achieve remarkable results for our state.”
The Harvey G. Rogers Award was established in 1963 “to honor those persons who best exemplify his spirit of dedication, years of distinguished service and technical contributions toward the promotion of the public’s health through preservation of a quality environment for the State of Minnesota.” It is named for Harvey G. Rogers who served for 34 years with Minnesota Department of Health until his retirement in 1961. In those years, he earned the growing respect and admiration of his professional associates and friends who established the award in his honor.
Clean Air Minnesota is a diverse coalition of air quality leaders convened by Environmental Initiative who are proactively working to reduce air pollution. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Clean Air Minnesota has reduced the air quality equivalent of 1.3 million cars off the road annually.