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Biodiesel Bus Voyage Honors Congressman Morris Udall


Source: Environment News Service (ENS)

NEW YORK, New York (ENS) - Today would have been Congressman Morris Udall's 85th birthday, and alumni of the foundation created by Congress to honor his 30 years of service in the House of Representatives are insuring that his legacy is not forgotten.

Thirteen alumni are in New York City today participating in environmental events such as native plant restoration in the Bronx, a nature class for elementary school kids, and a picnic to honor Udall.

Udall, an Arizona Democrat, served as a Congressman from May 2, 1961 to May 4, 1991. His concern for Native Americans and love of the environment resulted in many pieces of legislation. He authored important legislation on campaign reform, congressional ethics and was one of the first to oppose the Vietnam War.

In the House of Representatives today, Morris Udall's son Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat; and nephew Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, carry on the family tradition of environmental concern.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States government established by the Congress in 1992 in his honor. Udall died on December 12, 1998.

The purpose and motto of the Foundation is 'Scholarship and excellence in national environmental policy.'

On Tuesday, the 13 Udall alumni set off on a seven week, cross-country voyage in a green-certified biodiesel motor coach.

On their way to their destination at Tucson, Arizona on August 4, they will dramatize innovative solutions to America's environmental and Native American issues in cities, Native American communities, national parks and college campuses.

Along the way, the alumni will participate in local public service projects planned and implemented by alumni of the Foundation's scholarship, fellowship and internship programs, such as replanting trees in New Orleans, campground development on the Grand Ronde Reservation in Oregon, and exploring national parks through photography with local youth in Acadia National Park, Maine.

On the road, the University of Vermont's Transportation Center will monitor the motor coach's emissions, using a new Dekati electrical tailpipe particulate matter sensor donated by Particle Instruments, Inc.

This experiment measures actual emissions performance using a B20 blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. The results as well as trip reports from the bus will be shared online.

The Legacy Bus Tour closes out the Udall Foundation's yearlong 10th anniversity celebration of the Foundation's education programs.

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