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12.05.18

A special congratulations to our stakeholders that were recognized last Friday for their contributions to the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition this year! All of your hard work has been noticed and we look forward to continuing work with you in the new year! Recognized members included our sponsors: UPS and PSNC; UNC Charlotte and UNCC's Energy and Infrastructure Production Center; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Excel Truck Group; Nissan; Duke Energy; Mecklenburg County Air Quality; City of Charlotte; Gaston County; and Piedmont Natural Gas. And a big thank you to all our stakeholders; you are the reason we are able to help our region reduce petroleum usage! See the flyer here for all the awardees! In addition, a special congratulations to Gaston County for their propane fleet initiative that won the Clean Cities award at CCOG's 50th Anniversary Region of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

  

 

05.31.18

 LEAF Discount

Ready for an Electric Vehicle? Nissan is offering a $3,000 incentive on the retail purchase of the 2018 LEAF. The offer is open to customers of Duke Energy through June 30, 2018. 

To take advantage of this offer, bring your Duke Energy bill to your local Nissan dealer. (Discount Code B63724)

Questions? Contact our local participating Nissan dealer, Cornelius Willingham, at: %20Cornelius [dot] Willingham [at] nissan-usa [dot] com

05.10.18

Please click on the flyer below to see a PDF of this limited time offer from our stakeholder partners, Nissan and Duke Energy.

 

05.01.18

SEDC 2018 LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Nomination Period: March 26, 2018 – May 18, 2018 

About the Awards:

This is the tenth year the SEDC will present awards to recognize leadership in reducing diesel emissions throughout Region 4 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2008, the SEDC has been recognizing leadership in the Southeast through its annual leadership award program. The program began with the Industry Leadership Award and the Community Fleet Leadership Award. In 2012, a new category, the Visionary Award was added to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated significant leadership in achieving diesel emission reductions.

The following are descriptions for each award category:

  1. The Industry Leadership Award will recognize a for-profit company or corporation that demonstrates outstanding and exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce diesel emissions associated with their business activity.
  2. The Fleet Leadership Award will recognize a non-profit organization that has direct responsibility for a fleet and/or activity relying on diesel engines to fulfill their core mission that demonstrates exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce their diesel emissions.
  3. The Visionary Champion Award will recognize an organization and/or individual having a vision and acting on that vision to facilitate diesel emission reduction efforts.

Who is eligible?

The following describes entities that are eligible nominees:

  • The entity’s projects/programs must reduce diesel emissions in at least one of the EPA Region 4 states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina);
  • An entity may nominate themselves or be nominated by others;
  • The entity must be an active leader with recent accomplishments. The entity must have completed or substantially implemented one or more clean diesel related project(s)/program(s) during the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years;
  • An entity that previously won an Industry Leadership or Community Leadership award may not be nominated based on the same project(s)/program(s), but may be nominated for new project(s)/program(s) that occurred after receiving their most recent SEDC Leadership Award; and
  • An entity may only compete in one of the three categories as described above. The nominator is asked to recommend a category. However, the SEDC Leadership Committee will make the final decision in placing the nominee into the category it deems most appropriate.

When are nominations 

  • Nominations for projects/programs substantially implemented or completed during the past year are due by May 18, 2018 and will be announced at the SEDC Annual Partnership Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in September 2018.

Who reviews nominations?

  • SEDC Leadership Council will review the nominations and select the awardees.

What criteria will be used to evaluate nominations?

  • Nominated entities will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Program Description Narrative submitted during the nomination period. These awards are presented for extraordinary leadership in promoting the goals of the SEDC. Nominees will be judged on their effectiveness in meeting the SEDC’s goals and the degree to which they display exemplary leadership and inspire others to step up their efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Project(s)/programs need to focus on improving air quality in Region 4 (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). After the winners are selected, the SEDC will recognize the full array of leadership qualities demonstrated by the winner’s efforts.

How do I submit my entry?

Email: Richard [dot] McDonald [at] dnr [dot] ga [dot] gov

Or mail to

Richard McDonald
Planning and Support Program
Environmental Protection Division, DNR
4244 International Parkway, Ste 120
Atlanta, GA 30354

 

09.28.17

Registration for 2017 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Open!*

                                                                                                                            Sustainable Fleet Technology Expo Logo

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.

See the full speaker line-up!

Speakers include:

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.

Register Now

*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. 

06.12.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholders continue to lead the way in decreasing dependence on petroleum, reducing greenhouse gas and criteria emissions, and saving money via alternative fuels and efficiency. To see the full report, please click on this PDF.

05.22.17

Expect debate over how North Carolina should spend $92 million from automaker’s emission-cheating settlement. 
Posted by Catherine Clabby in North Carolina Health News.

Centralina staff and others from across the state weigh in on this potentially very impactful and impending funding opportunity.  Click here to read the full article.

 

05.10.17

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to award Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for Excellence in Clean Transportation and Clean Fuel Activities!


Patsy Kinsey (City of Charlotte Councilmember and Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) Chairperson), Chris Facente (CCFC Chairman & Automotive Supervisor at UNC-Charlotte), and Jason Wager (CCFC Coordinator and CCOG Planning Program Supervisor) are proud to recognize Bryan Steiner and CMS with an annual Region of Excellence Award at the May 2017 CCOG Board of Delegates meeting.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), through the leadership of Bryan Steiner, Construction Engineer and long-time stakeholder in the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, has made an effort in recent years to explore alternative fuels and clean transportation technologies.  Bryan researched and supported the purchase of 2 propane buses, 5 propane F550's, 5 propane bi-fuel E-350 vans, (via Roush CleanTech and Fontaine Modification) and 4 neighborhood electric vehicles (Club Car) by the Building Services and bus fleets at CMS.  These 16 alternative fuel vehicles displaced 12,750 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 15.4 tons in 2016.  In addition, CMS also has idle reduction and route optimization programs in place that have further displaced an estimated 180,454 gallons of petroleum in 2016 alone!

These alternatively fueled vehicles replaced older more polluting equipment, saving money on lower cost fuel, improving air quality, and reducing dependence on traditional petroleum.  The reduced PM and NOx emissions compared to the vehicles these replaced are of special interest given their constant operation around school children, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population from a health perspective.

CMS’s efforts to solve for fuel infrastructure location, permitting, and logistics, the purchasing and specifying of vehicle packages that could use alternative fuels while accomplishing the work required, and structuring a fueling contract with Amerigas, all helped to make the operational and financial case.  

Combined, these activities support the Clean Cities mission and illustrate a dedication and passion for making a difference for our children’s health and a more sustainable region now and in the future.

Special thanks to CCFC Award Committee members Chris Facente (UNC-Charlotte), Brian Funderburk (Amerigas), Megan Green (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Lang Reynolds (Duke Energy).



 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Propane Fueling demonstration led by Bryan Steiner of CMS during a CCFC Core Stakeholder meeting, January 2017 

05.01.17

On April 26, 2017, NGV America reports that:

A new survey of utility customers nationwide has named Piedmont Natural Gas a Top Utility Environmental Champion of 2017 for initiatives such as slashing emissions in its vehicle fleet and making its facilities more energy efficient...

...Piedmont has taken a lead role in championing the use of cleaner, lower-cost CNG as a transportation fuel, resulting in a surge in CNG demand from trucks and other fleet vehicles. Piedmont is nearing completion of its 11th public CNG refueling station, located near the junction of Interstate 40 and U.S. 321 in Hickory, North Carolina. The company has also converted about one-third of its own corporate fleet of approximately 900 vehicles to run on CNG.

The full story can be read here:
http://ngv.com/u-s-survey-ranks-piedmont-natural-gas-a-top-utility-environmental-champion/

02.15.17

NC Clean Transportation Staff meet with Rep. David Price Energy Independence Summit 2017 Representatives from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition joined clean transportation leaders from across the nation in Washington, DC to educate federal policy makers about the need to expand America’s use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas. CCFC Chairman, Chris Facente, and Coordinator, Jason Wager, participated in Energy Independence Summit 2017, the nation’s premier clean transportation policy event, on February 12-15.

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