A special thanks to our two guest speakers, Dave Schaller from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and Richard Battersby, City of Oakland Public Works and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition, at our May 20th Core Stakeholder Briefing. Below are links to their presentations and contact information. If you have additional questions or would like to see certain topics at the next core stakeholder meeting, please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-688-7035.
Richard's presentation: City of Oakland COVID 19 Response from a Fleet Perspective
Dave's presentation: Embracing Future Truck Technologies in the "Messy Middle"
For a link to recorded audio from the webinar, please email Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
CCFC has received word from our sister coalition in Alabama that one of their stakeholders has a complete CNG station for sale. They have a Motor Week segment on the station, available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9yqsQ-Sf8 and the sale post is listed on http://cngsale.com/ with full specifications and station equipment included. The seller, Virginia Transportation (VT), is available for contact through the "Contact Us" button on their site or you can reach out to Carina at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information.
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), in collaboration with the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP), seeks an intern for Summer 2020. This is a wonderful opportunity for students studying to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. The CCFC has been in existence in the Greater Charlotte Region for over 15 years and was designated in April of 2004 in the Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. The Coalition is housed at the Centralina Council of Governments, a state designated lead regional organization in North Carolina comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.
The mission of the National Clean Cities Program (locally represented by the CCFC) is to reduce petroleum dependence, improve air quality, and expand alternative fuel use and technology. The student that interns with the CCFC will mainly be involved in marketing and public outreach activities including writing and editing articles and creating videos, press releases and scripts. Student interns will have the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. The student can also expect to give presentations to small groups, interview coalition members and outside organizations for key deliverables, and conduct some secondary-source research and report-writing.
*Due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, this internship may focus more on writing, social media, and research-related tasks. The recipient may be asked to supply their own laptop or computer to work from home with during this evolving situation.
• Internship available at Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, working with dynamic regional stakeholders
• Positions are 30 or 40 hours per week for the semester (10 weeks)
• Internship dates: June 1st - August 14th . Exact start/end dates determined by individual schedules
• Stipends range from $3,600 - $6,000 for the semester depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned
Please submit your cover letter and resume by April 14, 2020 to admin [at] centralina [dot] org AND submit an application at https://www.cvent.com/surveys/Welcome.aspx?s=50ec1f83-539e-4fef-ab5d-2ed4bb541c6f
If selected, interns will be notified by May 1, 2020.
Given the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition is being postponed and rescheduled for early 2021.
Worried about your ability to keep your fleet going in these uncertain times? Did you miss the Clean Tech Center & 100 Best Fleets webinar today? We've provided the following highlights to ensure you can keep your fleet going.
The webinar included 4 speakers: Robert Gordon of Cobb County, GA; Jerry Drake of Tucson Fire Maintenance, AZ; Rick Longobart of Longobart Ross Full Fleet Solutions; and Robert Martinez of NYC Police Department, NY.
Best practice highlights included the following:
- Upping sanitation of facilities and vehicles, whether client or own fleet vehicles, especially high-use areas in facilities and frequently touched areas in vehicles.
- Determining priority fleet customers or essential services that must continue to function (such as sanitation, emergency services, highest priority fleet vehicle, etc.)
- Determining what can be done from home/remotely (such as administration, payroll, finance, etc.)
- Be adaptable
- Keep a constant tally of who is showing up for work/attendance and what their skill sets are
- Setting up contingency processes if not already in use
- Practicing staff loss ahead of time (understanding how to work without key staff, such as technicians, some leadership, etc.)
- Rotate amount of people on shifts if possible and where they congregate-sanitize these areas often
- If vehicle has held an infected person, replace cabin air filters when sanitizing the vehicle. When possible, park the vehicle for several days.
- Whenever a person, whether that be a client, third party vendor, or tech enters or leaves a vehicle, be sure to clean when entering and exiting. Ensure vendors are following similar policies to your own fleet so that you receive your vehicle, it is clean similar to when you dropped it off/left it to be serviced.
- Stock up on cleaning solution (or make your own!), gloves, and other items necessary to cleanse your vehicles when possible.
The contact information for each of the speakers is also listed in the presentation linked above, so feel free to contact them to ask questions or share best practice tips! Stay well from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition!
Additional resources on COVID 19 from the Clean Energy Technology Center:
- CDC EMT Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-for-ems.html
- Summary from CDC of how to sanitize ambulances: https://www.government-fleet.com/354774/how-to-clean-a-coronavirus-infected-ems-vehicle
- COVID 19 Fleet Response, Shop Safety: https://www.government-fleet.com/353540/covid-19-fleet-response-ensuring-safety-in-the-shop-social-distancing-at-work
According to 2020 NFPA 58 guidelines, all propane autogas vehicles reinstated into service, purchased, or converted after Jan. 1, 2020, will need to adopt the K15 quick-connect vehicle refueling valve. The quick-connect nozzle reduces fugitive emissions and increases driver safety. Learn more about the nozzle guidelines and see if your fleet needs to update to the K15.
Be sure to join us at our February 19th stakeholder meeting, focusing on Renewable Natural Gas! Please RSVP to Carina Soriano by clicking csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (here).
Carina Soriano, CCFC Co-Coordinator, attended the Energy Independence Summit in Washington DC last week on February 10-12th. Centralina was glad to meet with other North Carolina folks from the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition as well as partner NC Clean Energy Technology Center. This annual event is the nation's premier clean transportation policy summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. This year, our information to congressional leaders focused on stablizing Clean Cities program and clean transportation initiatives funding, continued support for extending alt fuel tax credits and grants such as the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grant to assist our stakeholders with future fleet building money, technology, and opportunities. Interested? Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) hosts the Summit every year and we're always looking for more stakeholder involvement! Being a Clean Cities stakeholder assists with registration costs too. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org to see how to participate next year!
On January 27-29th, Carina Soriano, CCFC's Co-Coordinator attended the Coordinator 101 training in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. This national exchange of ideas for consideration was a good chance to network and exchange best practices among new coalitions and coordinators with a few coordinators having prior experience to working with the Clean Cities program or similar industry. A few key efforts arose from the training that CCFC will focus on in 2020.
- stakeholder (re)-engagement, ensuring that we are listening to and assisting our stakeholders in their own projects as best as possible while adding to our stakeholder base;
- better concise and quicker communication about funding and research opportunities available from DOE and other sources;
- and finally potentially tackling more technical partnership projects, such as hosting or finding partners to host tech trainings, which has been identified as a need within our region.
This experience left Carina fired up and ready to tackle more for the CCFC and our stakeholders. If there is anything we can assist with, or you are interested in the tech trainings, please let us know! We want to know if there is a great enough need to move forward with this idea. Please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for further details.