What is Clean Cities?
Sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Clean Cities Program supports public and private partnerships that work to achieve petroleum displacement through a portfolio of technologies that include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles and idle reduction. The Program helps all parties identify mutual interests while meeting their individual objectives such as the need to improve air quality, comply with federal fleet regulations, or identify and create markets for vehicles or fuel.
What are alternative fuels?
A short list of fuels was created by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) in 1992. The legislation required certain types of users to complete their future light-duty vehicle acquisition, in specific proportions, with AFVs. To meet those requirements, covered fleets must choose vehicles that can run on approved alternative fuels. Those fuels include natural gas (compressed and liquefied), methanol, hydrogen, electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane).
How does Clean Cities Work?
The Program attempts to mobilize local stakeholders in government and industry. In approximately 80 coalitions across the country, the Clean Cities Program draws local stakeholders from the public and private sectors. A Clean Cities coalition can provide a forum for members to leverage their resources, develop joint projects, collaborate on public policy issues, and promote petroleum reduction in their communities.
Why should I become a member in the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition?
Clean Cities members have the potential for more funding opportunities, valuable resources and positive public exposure than non-members. Clean Cities provides opportunities for networking and partnerships, two keys to successful AFV programs. Additionally, Clean Cities offers vendors opportunities to meet and talk to purchasers of AFV products and services. As an added incentive, DOE grants to the State Energy Programs for AFVs are available only to Clean Cities members. And the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization so financial contributions are tax deductible.
What are the goals of Clean Cities?
Ultimately, our goals are to reduce our nation’s dependence on imported petroleum and help provide solutions to air quality problems in our area. Additionally, to create new jobs and commercial opportunities, facilitate vehicle and fuel production and sales, develop “clean corridors” of AFV-friendly highways and increase public awareness of alternative fuels. The Program emphasizes applications in “niche markets”. Examples include refuse and recycling trucks, freight and package delivery trucks, transit and school buses, and airport, campus and government vehicles.
Where do I get information?
Contact Tammy Morgan, Coordinator at 225-389-8560 or by email at [email protected]
Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition
805 St. Louis Street, #22
Baton Rouge, LA 70801