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

Clean Cities

Clean Cities Partnerships

Clean Cities partners with thousands of stakeholders in the public and private sectors to cut petroleum use in transportation.

Partnerships and collaborations are the foundation of Clean Cities' efforts to reduce petroleum use. An active network of government agencies, industry representatives, community organizations, and businesses allows a variety of stakeholders to combine their efforts and exchange information and resources.

Local Efforts

Clean Cities coalitions build these partnerships at the state and local levels with thousands of stakeholders in communities across the country.

National Efforts

At the national level, Clean Cities collaborates with federal agencies, fuel providers, industry associations, equipment manufacturers and large companies whose vehicle fleets operate in multiple states. These national-level partnerships include:

  • National Clean Fleets Partnership – Large private-sector fleets that operate in multiple states can work hand-in-hand with Clean Cities to reduce their petroleum consumption. Fleets receive specialized resources, expertise, and support to incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicles into their operations.

  • National Parks Initiative – Clean Cities partners with the National Park Service to support the use of renewable and alternative fuels, electric drive vehicles, and other advanced transportation technologies at national parks across the country. These efforts help improve air quality and promote the use of domestic energy resources.

  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program – Clean Cities works with the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program to train and certify people installing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

  • Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions – Clean Cities, the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and Argonne National Laboratory work together to provide a forum for university students to demonstrate their innovations in transportation. Teams of students design and build advanced vehicles that minimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

User Groups

Clean Cities partners with others to convene user groups that share information and take on challenges specific to a particular fuel or technology. These groups include:

  • Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum – This forum supports development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure. Stakeholders include equipment manufacturers, national laboratories, government agencies, vehicle fleets, and industry groups.

  • Propane Autogas Technology Forum (PATF) – This forum provides a focal point for discussions about how to expand the deployment of propane vehicles and address market barriers. The next PATF will be held in August 2015.