What is the Clean Cities program?
The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities is part of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office. The program has saved more than 5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993. Almost 18,000 stakeholders contribute to Clean Cities' goals and accomplishments through participation in nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country. Private companies, fuel suppliers, local governments, vehicle manufacturers, national laboratories, state and federal government agencies, and other organizations join together under Clean Cities to implement alternative-transportation solutions in their communities.
Clean Cities coalitions are locally based and help advance the goals of the national program at a local and regional level. By promoting the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, anti-idling campaigns, and smarter driving habits, Clean Cities coalitions work to cut down on the amount of petroleum used in the transportation sector and helps enhance energy security and environmental quality at both the national and local levels. Today there are over 80 active Clean Cities coalitions across the United States.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is one of three coalitions in North Carolina and was designated in 2004. CCFC is housed at the Centralina Regional Council, a state-designated lead regional organization comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties. The coalition works with over 600 local and regional stakeholders to reduce the amount of petroleum used in transportation around the region.
For more information about the Clean Cities program, check out this fact sheet or visit the National Clean Cities Website.
What are the goals of the Clean Cities program?
A full list of official Clean Cities goals can be seen here. While the national program looks at the bigger picture of energy independence and economic security, each coalition takes a grassroots approach to petroleum reduction and economic development on a local or regional level. Some specific goals of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition include:
- Decreasing our dependence on foreign oil
- Increasing the use of alternative fuels
- Creating new jobs and commercial opportunities
- Expanding local refueling infrastructure
- Advancing clean air objectives
- Supporting regulated fleets
- Acknowledging alternative fuels in the region
- Promoting fuel economy
- Supporting fuel blends
- Supporting anti-idling technologies
- Promote electric hybrid and all electric vehicles
Where can I go to find alternative fueling stations in my area?
You can use the Clean Cities Alternative Fueling Station Locator. This tool will help you search for all fueling stations in your location. For more information on each type of alternative fuel, visit our Alternative Fuels page.
What is the Clean Cities Annual Report?
Each year, Clean Cities Coalitions nationwide collect information on the use of cleaner transportation options in order to document the growing use of alternative fuels, vehicles, and fuel saving technologies in their regions. One of the responsibilities of Clean Cities Coalitions is to track the number of fleets using alternative fuel vehicles so we can annually report the millions of gallons of gasoline that are displaced nationwide. To do this, however, we need the help of our stakeholders to fill out the Clean Cities Annual Survey.
What do you do with the data collected from the Annual Survey?
All Clean Cities Coalitions collect the same data so we can annually report the total gasoline gallons equivalent that are displaced throughout the nation in a given year. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory compiles this data in an annual report—the Clean Cities Annual Metrics Report—which is available on the Clean Cities website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/accomplishments.html. As with all data we collect, your contact information will not be shared for any other purpose.