Governor Cooper has officially appointed the Department of Environmental Quality (DAQ/DEQ) as the lead agency for NC in managing the $92 million the state will receive. This money comes from settlement of a lawsuit against the German automaker producing certain diesel vehicles with devices that meant emissions did not meet EPA standards. The announcement made included the invitation for public input regarding what the state should include in its mitigation plan. Public input is available until December 31st. A website was also launched in coordination with the appointment and can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement
If you would like more information about this settlement and how to be involved in this conversation in our region, please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-348-2707.
Fall 2017 edition of the Fuels Fix
In this edition there are articles from South Carolina on their FHWA corridor signage! South Carolina's team should be proud that they are out in front on fuel corridor signage.
There are also articles from San Fran on their use of RD100, a UPS article on their urban “Sustainable Logistics” study, and more. Articles from Tony in PA, Tammie in Utah and Janna in Denver Metro are also inside.
To view the article in an online reader use this link!
Cision PRWeb distributed today that The VW Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust has launched a website, to serve as the primary communication channel to the public. The trustee, Wilmington Trust, is required to post mitigation plans and funding requests on the website by approved beneficiaries. The site will be updated throughout the process for beneficiary designation and fund distribution.
link to the article on PRWeb here to find out more.
Fleets for the Future is excited to announce their recent partnership with NJPAand are looking forward to finding resources that are useful for public agency fleets nationwide.
Since this is the first of a series to announce opportunities for the national procurement for public agency fleets, specific vehicle platforms will be promoted and avaialble through various NJPA contracts. This partnership is designed to provide low-cost options to public fleets to replace or buy new alternative fuel vehicles or AFVs. They are also able to help with the cost of changing or putting in new infrastructure to support the AFVs.
For more information, please see the flyer here.
The project website is available at http://www.fleetsforthefuture.org/best-practices/.
The EPA is offering a rebate opportunity to buy new or retrofit existing older school buses with up to $20,000 available for new vehicles and up to $6,000 available for retrofits. Applications are now open and will be accepted through November 14, 2017 at 4pm. Those eligible for application include regional, state or local agencies, including tribal governments, native villages, school districts and municipalities or private entities that operate school buses under a contract with any above entity.
Please see https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates for more information.
As summer comes to a close, American drivers now have access to E15 – a 21st century fueling option that contains five percent more ethanol than what most drivers have been using for years. That’s good news for drivers and for our environment.
Virtually all gasoline used in the United States contains ten percent ethanol, something that has been true for years. This biofuel replaces toxic fuel additives that are linked to cancer and smog. And today, 29 states offer fuel with higher blends of ethanol, including E15. By using more ethanol in our fuel supply, we have the ability to more fully realize the benefits of this American-made fuel source.
What are these benefits? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 43 percent or more when compared to petroleum. Not only that, it is more affordable, renewable and it’s home-grown – keeping prices low at the pump while simultaneously supporting jobs right here in the United States.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today.
E15 is currently sold at more than 950 retail outlets across 29 states – and that number grows every day. So, next time you fill up, choose E15 as a cleaner, modern fuel option. In our book, it’s definitely a fuel that matters.
To find an E15 retailer near you and learn more about this 21st century fuel choice, visit GetEthanol.com on your computer or mobile device.
Registration for 2017 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Open!*
Register now for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2017!
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies - including data driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.
Join us on October 11 - 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Speakers and breakout session presenters at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo have experience and expertise to help you find and implement the best solutions for your fleet or vehicles.
Three tracks and 12 total breakout sessions will highlight 50+ experts who will share the techniques and tools that support their operations.
Dr. Eric Warren, Vice President of Competition, Richard Childress Racing
Jon Ells, Director of Fleet Operations, City of New York
James Trogdon, North Carolina Secretary of Transportation
Bill Boyce, Cummins Westport, Inc.
David Dunn, City of Orlando
Ed Lovelace, XL Hybrids
Keith Leech, Sacramento County
Ewan Pritchard, NCSU FREEDM Systems Center
Mike Scarpino, DOT Volpe Center
and many more!
Learn more at www.sustainablefleetexpo.com.
*Discount pricing for Clean Cities Stakeholders is available. Contact Allison Carr (akcarr [at] ncsu [dot] edu) at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center for additional information.
Come join the City of Charlotte in partnership with Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition in celebrating and learning more about electric vehicles and sustainable transportation! See why alternative transportation choices are dominating the discussion on September 15th from 11am to 2pm. This interactive showcase event is open to the public and will be held at GovPorch in front of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. The address is 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. There will be multiple electric vehicles on display, information and resources from community partners, food, and entertainment! We welcome all volunteers, electric vehicles, and the public to come explore! We hope to make it our biggest Drive Electric event yet! Registration is here and the formal event announcement is here.
Rebates for 25% - 50% of the cost to replace older heavy-duty diesel on-road vehicles
and off-road equipment with newer, cleaner vehicles and equipment.
Must operate in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg,
Rowan, Union (NC), and York (SC) counties to be eligible.
For more eligibility details and to apply please visit
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Fall 2017
The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering or environmental sciences, the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.
- Up to 38 internships available at competitively-selected U.S. Clean Cities Coalition locations working with dynamic Clean Cities coordinators and their stakeholders
- Positions are 15 or 20 hours per week (determined by the coalition) for 14 weeks each semester
- Internship dates: approximately September 5, 2017 through December 18, 2017. Exact start/end dates determined by individual coalitions
- Stipends range from $2,500 - $4,200 depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned by the coalition.
- Many past internships have led to permanent positions!
Applications are due August 8, 2017. To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here. If selected, interns will be notified by September 1, 2017.
Questions? Email: CleanCitiesIntern [at] anl [dot] gov