Clean Cities 20th Anniversary Event Highlights Video (Text Version)

This is a text version of the Clean Cities 20th anniversary event highlights video.

NEIL KIRSCHNER: We are in Washington, D.C., for the 20th anniversary of Clean Cities.

DENNIS SMITH: We are excited to be marking this milestone of a 20-year program. That is almost unprecedented in the federal government.

ERIN RUSSELL-STORY: We had a terrific combination of a retrospective of the last 20 years of the alternative fuel industry and the Clean Cities program as a whole.

MELISSA HOWELL: When you look back at where we started, we started with local projects. We started with small projects.

STEVE ELLIS: When I went to the first Clean Cities conference in Atlanta in 1996, I came back and told our management, "I think this is truly a group that we need to partner with because they are dedicated to a specific mission that aligns with our values and what we are trying to accomplish."

ERIN RUSSELL-STORY: We had some looking forward and discussion about what we might see come down the road—a little bit of forecasting about what kinds of alternative fuels and how much petroleum we might displace over the next 20 years.

DENNIS SMITH: If you looked at that five billion gallons of alternative fuels or petroleum reduction that we have done since day one.

MICHAEL SCARPINO: We are really at a point now where I think we are sitting on the edge of a market transformation.

JIM ARTHURS: It has always been this excitement of we are doing something new. We are doing something that helps the environment. We are doing something that helps the country. So it has always been exciting, but what is really happening now is we are sort of seeing the tipping point.

ERIN RUSSELL-STORY: We got some terrific discussions from some of our longest-serving coordinators about what has helped make them so successful and what they have brought to the program.

PANELIST: I want to emphasize the support we have with the national labs, our PMCs, and all the talent that is up there.

RITA EBERT: I had won the Benjamin Watson award, which is given by coordinators to a coordinator for outstanding work in helping one another.

NEIL KIRSCHNER: We have industry experts, fleet managers. We have Clean Cities coordinators. We have a lot of DOE headquarters staff and support staff and the regional managers for Clean Cities. The whole big network.

MICHAEL BRITT: We have been involved in this not only for the environmental side because that is very, very important to us and our customers. And we live in the communities in which we operate, so our employees understand the importance of this—the overall importance of making sure we continue to produce and run equipment that is cleaner and better for the environment and sustainable.

MELISSA HOWELL: To still be here 20 years later is success. To be able to be diverse with our fuels, with our projects, with our programs, to be able to change as the industry changes, as the industry needs developed—I think that says a tremendous amount about Clean Cities.

RITA EBERT: Educate people, keep at it to get your point across—make sure that people all over the United States know that we are saving our petroleum. It is for our national security. People have worked very hard to get where we are today in 20 years.

MICHAEL SCARPINO: Until alternatives are not considered alternative, until they are mainstream, there is really a role for us.

ERIN RUSSELL-STORY: It has been a fantastic journey, and I am so happy to be doing what I am doing now and being able to support the coalitions, and support the coalitions who in turn support the stakeholders, and it feels like a family. It is really a fantastic industry, and I am incredibly proud to be part of it.