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.
Starting January 1st, Way2Go CLT will transition to ShareTheRide NC. Users will be able to log in and earn rewards for alternative commutes; however, it will be on a new platform and app. All data, trips logged and account information will be switched over automatically to the new system. Download the new app, STRNC for Apple and STRNC for Android, by January 1, 2020, to make the transition.
The EPA will host a series of webinars to assist applicants in learning more about the DERA program and this Request for Applications (RFA). Participants will learn about program details, changes from last year’s RFA, who is eligible for the grants, what projects can be funded, how to apply, and more. The links for these webinars are listed below:
Elizabeth Munger of the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance will be presenting on September 23-26th in Austin Texas on the resources the Clean Cities program and individual Coalitions can provide to NCSFA members to support research and implementation of different mobility solutions.
The NCSFA has extended a $50.00 discount to all Clean Cities Coordinators that would like to attend the conference. Please contact Tommy Morrison at TMorrison [at] amrms [dot] com for more details.
The 2019 National DERA RFA Deadline Extended!!!
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
Request for Applications (RFA) opens : Thursday, December 20, 2018
Deadline for Submittal of Questions (FAQ Document) : Friday, February 22 at 4pm (ET)
Deadline for Applications : Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 11:59pm (ET)
Notification of Selected Applicants : April 2019
Funding of Awards : May-October 2019
For more information, please visit the EPA's Clean Diesel Page or contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was proud to represent our region at the annual Clean Cities training workshop held November 6-8th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This annual training is an opportunity for coordinators and staff of Clean Cities coalitions across the country to get together in order to learn from each other, trade best practices and collaboratively work together on problems facing multiple coalitions.
While there, Centralina was honored to be presented with the "Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers" award for our workshops and task force regarding Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as seeing Jason Wager, our very own coordinator, inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame! We are so pleased to be award recipients but realize it is all thanks to our stakeholders who are able to help us make a difference in reducing petroleum usage!
Bonus points if you can spot Jason and Carina in the group photo!
2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Funding Now Available
DERA or The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding has now become available for 2018. This year, over $9 million will be available to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15-20K per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. If interested, more information and a timeline of requirements is available here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates and you can also contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org with questions.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
Fall 2018/Spring 2019
The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 350 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.
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.
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Charlotte, NC (CCFC) is seeking, but not limited to, candidates with a major or background relevant to marketing, public outreach activities, or public administration. The student will mainly be involved in marketing and public outreach activities including writing and editing articles and creating videos, press releases and scripts. 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.
To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here. If selected, interns will be notified by September 1, 2018.
Questions? Email: CleanCitiesIntern [at] anl [dot] gov or Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org