2020 Visionary Leadership Award Winners:

Greg Zilberfarb and PERC


Greg Zilberfarb has been a longtime active member and supporter of the SEDC (now STRIDE).  For the SEDC/STRIDE, Greg has been the face of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).  PERC is a program established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. The only energy council of its kind, PERC educates consumers about propane’s many uses and benefits, leads safety and training efforts among propane retailers and consumers, and drives technology development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, affordable, American-made energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial building, agriculture, and material handling.

Propane is a clean alternative to diesel engines. Ultra-Low NOx propane engines are designed to meet a standard 90% lower than diesel.  In certain applications such as school buses, propane has proven to be a more cost-effective alternative to diesel.  Reducing emissions from school buses is particularly important because children are more vulnerable to adverse health effects of air pollution compared to adults.  PERC continues to look to the future as it researches for ways to make LPG a renewable fuel source.  Greg’s consistent involvement with the SEDC/STRIDE as a representative of PERC has not gone unnoticed.   His work efforts are truly visionary and have facilitated collaboration leading to improved air quality and health of people throughout the Southeast.

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