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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar – NEW & FREE

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.  Due to current circumstances and social distancing the RFA will be offering 4-hour long Ethanol Safety Webinars. These webinars are instructed by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management/firefighting/hazardous materials response. The goal of these seminars is for attendees to gain a full ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel emergency response training experience that can be put to use immediately in the field.  The training program will include the following elements: Ethanol and Ethanol-Blended Fuels, Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Ethanol and Hydrocarbon Fuels, Transportation and Transfer, Storage and Dispensing Locations, Fire Fighting Foam Principles, General Health and Safety Considerations, and Storage and Pre-planning Considerations. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.



  • Thu, 06/25/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 07/15/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 07/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 08/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 08/13/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Tue, 09/15/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 09/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 10/14/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 10/15/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 11/05/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 11/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT

Train the Trainer - Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - FREE

RFA also offers Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer webinars which is a pay-it-forward type of program. A single webinar can train a group of individuals who can then turn around and pass that information forward, equipping entire communities with the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency.  The Train the Trainer courses are intended to develop instructors to lead operations level training. The instructors are responders who have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handing, and emergency response. The learning objectives established are relevant objectives that the instructors must understand. The webinars are open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. However, the instruction is tailored toward ethanol production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals, railroad safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, police officers, emergency management professionals, etc. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.



The Mobile Source Compliance Branch of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality values the input of stakeholders and the residents of North Carolina regarding Phase 1 of the Volkswagen Grant programs.

As part of our summer intern project, we would appreciate if you would take a short survey to provide us with feedback regarding the Phase 1 Volkswagen RFPs and applications. The link to the survey is here. Please feel free to share this link with any parties you think would be interested. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on 6/16/2020. 

If you have any issues accessing the survey, feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your time.


Lilly Wallace, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8429 office

lilly [dot] wallace [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


Logan Hale, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8448 office

Logan [dot] hale [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


Sheila Blanchard, Environmental Program Consultant

(919) 707-8423  office

sheila [dot] blanchard [at] ncdenr [dot] gov


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: and the sale post is listed on 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

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. 


Have more questions? Please see the presentations linked here. A recording of the webinar is available here

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: 


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! 

Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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