Clean Cities Recognizes Outstanding Coalition Coordinators

December 5, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named Chelsea Jenkins and Mindy Mize Clean Cities' Coordinators of the Year this week at the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator Leadership Retreat in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Jenkins serves as the executive director of Virginia Clean Cities, which supports alternative fuel and vehicle deployment activities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has been a Clean Cities coordinator for three years. In 2008, under Jenkins' leadership, Virginia Clean Cities reduced petroleum consumption in Virginia by 2.7 million GGE.

Mize is a program manager with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. She is a 10-year Clean Cities' veteran, responsible for the Transportation and Air Quality Marketing Team and serves as co-coordinator of the DFW Clean Cities coalition. Mize works with coalitions throughout the Lone Star State to educate elected officials, conduct workshops, and create statewide strategies. She conducted the North Central Texas Clean School Bus Workshop and worked on several clean vehicle programs, such as DFW Clean School Bus and Clean Fleet Vehicle Policy. Under Mize's leadership, the DFW coalition reduced petroleum consumption in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by 10 million GGE in 2008.

Kellie Walsh, executive director of the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Inc. (CICCA), was named Clean Cities' Mentor of the Year at the Gatlinburg meeting. She has served for seven years and in that time, she assisted CICCA stakeholders in securing over $4 million in federal and state funds for the implementation of alternative fuel projects, in both the public and private sectors.In 2008, under Walsh's leadership, CICCA reduced petroleum consumption in Indiana by 1.4 million GGE. Walsh was recognized for her help with programs for coalitions in several other states.

Named Clean Cities' Most Enterprising New Coordinator, Vandana Bali serves as the clean vehicles manager for San Francisco's Department of the Environment. She oversees the city's clean vehicle and alternative fuel programs and policies, which are designed to reduce air pollution, protect public health, and address climate change. Bali has doubled the number of stakeholders in her coalition in San Francisco after just six months on the job. Among her enterprising accomplishments, Bali jointly developed a clean fleet toolkit with Sustainable Earth Initiative under a generous grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and hosted a series of Clean Fleets Toolkit workshops in the Bay Area for more than 50 fleet managers. Six more workshops across California are planned for 2010.

For more information, view the Clean Cities' Achievement Awards.