U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Clean Cities 20th Anniversary Capabilities Video (Text Version)

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

LINDA BLUESTEIN: Hello, my name is Linda Bluestein from the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. We work with nearly 100 local Clean Cities coalitions around the country to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum in transportation. Each coalition is led by a Clean Cities coordinator who is intimately familiar with local and regional markets, decision makers, and political landscapes. They tailor projects and activities to meet the unique needs of communities and their stakeholders. While the local community is where the action happens, coalitions also take advantage of being part of a large national network. Coalitions learn from one another's experiences, replicate successes, and collaborate on regional projects and events. Our DOE and national laboratory staff provide technical support and create a wealth of outreach resources. Without a doubt, the efforts of Clean Cities coalitions have paid dividends for their local communities in the form of reduced reliance on petroleum, cleaner air, and cost savings. We would like to show you a few examples of the exciting work the Clean Cities coalitions are doing in their communities.

MARGO MELENDEZ: We have been supporting Clean Cities basically since its inception.

BEN PROCHAZKA: They provide a great framework for tactical and strategy conversations around these issues. They help develop a lot of visibility to support programs.

SARAH MARTIN: And we've got some amazing resources with NREL and Argonne National Labs for being able to find out questions for really anything under the sun with alternative fuels.

MARCY ROOD WERPY: The biggest success of Clean Cities really has been the network, and I have been fortunate to have been with this program since 1995, and back then, there was a wonderful, passionate group of individuals who were committed to reducing petroleum, imported oil, and today, there's a much greater group, larger group of individuals just as committed to this cause.

MARGO MELENDEZ: The coordinators are this amazing group of people who learn enough about technologies and can balance what the technologies are and what they do and how they work with how somebody would want to use them and how we would actually get them implemented in the marketplace.

MARIA DIBIASE EISEMANN: Our coalition helps to connect the dots for fleets—both municipal and private—who are trying to convert to alternative fuels or alternative technologies.

ERRICK THOMPSON: We've been fortunate enough to receive about $2.8 million in Clean Cities funding, and that's allowed us to really expand on the city's alternative fuel fleet initiatives. We've bought approximately 80 different alternative fuel vehicles from light-duty administrative sedans up to refuse trucks, dump trucks, and other medium-duty trucks. That grant funded also a compressed natural gas station that's in operation.

MINDY MIZE: There's ethanol stations, there's natural gas stations they can go to, and a ton of propane stations, too.

PAMELA BURNS: Yeah, we're about to open our first multi-fuel station that's going to have biodiesel, ethanol, and now natural gas that's at one of the vehicle dealerships in Great Platte, which is very centrally located in our region.

ALICIA ZATKOFF: One of the big things that we've done here at the city is to take our entire fleet of refuse trucks and transition from diesel into compressed natural gas, CNG. Virginia Clean Cities was a big help with that initiative, a key partner in that.

BEN PROCHAZKA: I'm in the process of creating a program from scratch called Drive Electric Northern Colorado, and ultimately, Colorado Clean Cities, Denver Clean Cities, Northern Colorado Clean Cities are all playing a significant role in helping elevate the visibility of that program. And it has been an incredibly strong support mechanism to get the program off the ground.

SARAH MARTIN: The Mesa Verde project is a really exciting project. National Parks Service and Clean Cities, so Department of Interior and Department of Energy, have partnered together to do alternative fuel projects within the National Parks system. So, if you can reduce the environmental impact that the park is having, then you can also hopefully expand that education to the guests who are coming to the park.

ROBERT KENT: Through a grant with the Department of Energy and the Clean Cities coalition, we're excited to be launching a variety of new projects to help promote alternative fuel vehicles. One of them will be creating an iPhone application, or a smart phone application, which will allow drivers of alternative fuel vehicles to see where local fueling stations are, where local parking spaces are, and other location-relevant information regarding their alternative fuel vehicle.

ROGER SOUTHALL: The etiquette that is required when applying for grant funding, with the workshops that Clean Cities offers, I have been able to learn a great deal, understand the way the system works, and I wouldn't have been able to do that without the help of Clean Cities, so I'm very grateful to them as an organization.

RUANNA HAYES: When Kwik Trip began to enter into the alternative fuels market, we were really looking for a resource that was sort of a catch-all for information, for different contacts, and we found out through different people talking at different events that Clean Cities was really a great asset for us. So, two years ago, we decided to jump on-board.

WILLIAM STEWART: I highly encourage folks to get involved with Clean Cities. They've been just a wealth of knowledge for me. They've really helped out over the years—pointed me in the right direction on a lot of things, just very helpful.

MARGO MELENDEZ: I think our biggest success is five billion gallons of petroleum displaced since our inception, which is—Yay! We love that. So clearly that's our biggest measure, but I think just the fact that we have been in existence for 20 years and we have adapted to the changing marketplace and changing technologies in the marketplace.