Clean Cities Unveils Hall of Fame to Recognize Clean Transportation Achievements

June 29, 2011

Clean Cities unveiled its new Hall of Fame and honored its first inductees, Utah Clean Citiesí Robin Erickson and Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalitionís Lisa Thurstin. The Clean Cities Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to the Clean Cities mission of reducing petroleum use in U.S. transportation.

Under Thurstinís leadership, the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition (TC4) saved more than 11 million gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline in 2010 through use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles and fuel efficiency measures. Those same efforts averted more than 29,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Thurstin is widely known for devising clever and imaginative ways to introduce drivers to renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. She collaborated with the Minnesota Vikings to promote E85 to thousands of football fans through free stadium parking for flexible fuel vehicles and an E85 road trip to Chicagoís Soldier Field.

In 2010, Erickson led Utah Clean Cities to save more than 5 million gallons of petroleum and to avert more than 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Erickson has established a program through which more than 3,000 Utah school bus drivers have received training in idle reduction, and she has also played a vital role in expanding the stateís natural gas fueling infrastructure and substantially increasing the number of natural gas vehicles on the road.

To read more about Thurstinís and Ericksonís accomplishments, visit the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.