The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities is part of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office. Clean Cities has saved more than 5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993.
Clean Cities reaches a major milestone in 2013, marking 20 years of success in transforming transportation. Explore an interactive timeline of the program's history and accomplishments.
Who We Are
Almost 18,000 stakeholders contribute to Clean Cities' goals and accomplishments through participation in nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country. Private companies, fuel suppliers, local governments, vehicle manufacturers, national laboratories, state and federal government agencies, and other organizations join together under Clean Cities to implement alternative-transportation solutions in their communities.
What We Do
Clean Cities helps vehicle fleets and consumers reduce their petroleum use. Clean Cities builds partnerships with local and statewide organizations in the public and private sectors to adopt:
- Alternative and renewable fuels
- Idle-reduction measures
- Fuel economy improvements
- New transportation technologies, as they emerge.
Clean Cities works to reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum in transportation by:
- Establishing local coalitions of public- and private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing petroleum use
- Identifying funding and financial opportunities to support Clean Cities projects
- Developing information resources that educate transportation decision makers about the benefits of using alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other measures that reduce petroleum consumption
- Reaching out to large fleets that operate in multiple states to help them reduce petroleum use
- Providing technical assistance to fleets deploying alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and idle reduction
- Analyzing data from industry partners and fleets to develop tools and information for the Alternative Fuels Data Center that help stakeholders reduce petroleum consumption
- Working with industry partners and fleets to identify and address technology barriers to reducing petroleum use.
Why We're Here
Clean Cities dates back to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. These laws, which encouraged the production and use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and the reduction of vehicle emissions, led to the creation of the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) in 1991. The AFDC's mission was to collect, analyze, and distribute data used to evaluate alternative fuels and vehicles.
In 1992, the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) required certain vehicle fleets to acquire AFVs. Subsequently, DOE created Clean Cities in 1993 to provide informational, technical, and financial resources to EPAct-regulated fleets and voluntary adopters of alternative fuels and vehicles.
The AFDC became and continues to be the clearinghouse for these resources. Its sister website, FuelEconomy.gov, provides consumers with information on emissions, fuel economy, and energy impact of all vehicles, based on vehicle data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The site also provides tips for drivers on maximizing fuel efficiency. FuelEconomy.gov was created in response to DOE's requirement under the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act to publish and distribute an annual fuel economy guide for consumers.
Clean Cities advances the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation.