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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 hereIf 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




Mecklenburg County Air Quality is now offering their Grant to Replace Aging Diesel Engines again! The goal of GRADE is to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel vehicles operating within the Charlotte region. Both non-road diesel and heavy-duty diesel on road vehicles are eligible to apply to have aging diesel engines replaced. GRADE is a reimbursement grant, meaning award recipients will be reimbursed for approved expenses after the project has been completed. There is $500,000 available with rebates of up to 25% of the cost of new vehicles or equipment. 

Applications are due by August 31, 2018. 

For vehicle qualification & application, please visit:


Sustainable Fleet Manager Training

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will hold a one-day intensive training on sustainable fleet management practices and technologies on Wednesday, June 20th at NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, from 9am to 5pm. 

Expert presenters will speak on topics such as Change Management, Vehicle Selection Standards and Process, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Fleet Sustinability Metrics and Key Performance Indicators, and examine alt-fuel technologies in-depth. Space will be limited, so register now!

Presenters will include our very own chair, Chris Facente, from UNC Charlotte Automotive and Motor Fleet Supervisor and founder/instructor at Justice AutoWorks. 

To register, which will include lunch and break refreshments, or for more information, please email Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.


On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Plug-in NC hosted its spring summit in Kernersville, NC. Plug-in NC is a statewide program dedicated to the integration of electrified transportation into the North Carolina transportation system. The Plug-in NC Summit served to update members, stakeholders, and interest groups about electric vehicle efforts across North Carolina and to share an analysis of electric vehicle trends in North Carolina over the past couple of years.

Speakers included Eric Reynolds, from Proterra, and Adam Fischer, the transportation director for the City of Greensboro, were invited to discuss the role and potential for electric buses in North Carolina. Reynolds gave a short presentation on the impact of Proterra, an electric bus company, across the nation, as well as the benefits of electric buses over regular diesel or hybrid buses. In addition to Reynolds presentation, Fischer discussed Greensboro’s recent purchase of 10 electric buses from Proterra, and how the incorporation of these new electric buses will have a positive impact on Greensboro’s transportation system.

The Plug-In NC Summit focused on how North Carolina can increase fuel security through implementing alternatives to petroleum. By utilizing a renewable source, the City of Greensboro is increasing their air quality, decreasing their fuel usage and costs without sacrificing quality while contributing to the domestic economy, as many alternative fuels are sourced right here in both North Carolina and in the United States. If you’re interested in cutting costs and maintenance, while boosting our economy, contact Carina Soriano at (704) 688-7035 or at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information and resources.


The application period for the 2018 Green Fleet Awards is now open! The link to apply can be found here and there is no cost for application. Entries must be received by Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Winners will be announced at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC on August 21-23, 2018. There will be a 100 Best Fleets pre-conference on August 21st at 1pm, so don't forget to add that to your registration too. We hope to see you there!

*Please note there are different applications for the government sector and for the commercial sector.* 

Don't miss out on this great chance to receive recognition for any and all green initiatives your organization may be doing! Any steps fleets are taking to become more eco-friendly should be recognized for their contributions to the economy and the environment so please apply!


 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


NCCETC is awarding more than $1.2 million to eight projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. 

They have also announced a new round of federal funding, up to $1,455,000, with applications due June 8, 2018. Awards will be announced by September 2018.  

For more information and the application, please visit their website:


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




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


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

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