Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 eNewsletter 6.30.09
Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Jobs
News from the DOE
News from Vermont
News from around the world
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
  • 2009 Summer Brown Bag Series
    Fridays at 12 noon, Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus
    3rd Annual lunchtime discussion series, addressing critical issues in transportation. More information.

    7/10/2009 - Reducing Energy Used in Transportation: The Hinesburg Case Study

    7/17/2009 - Transportation and Equity: Obstacles for Women in Transportation

    7/24/2009 - Public Transit in Vermont: An Analysis of Vermont Density using the E911 Data Base

    7/31/2009 - Green Labeling in Transportation: Fashion or Function

    8/7/2009 - Driving Better: A Study of Changing Driver Behavior to Reduce Gasoline Use

     8/14/2009 - PHEVS: Why the US Cannot Meet Pres. Obama Goal of 1 Million by 2015

    8/21/2009 - Physical Health and the Built Environment: Do Sidewalks Matter?

    8/28/2009 - Gas Tax Increases: Political Suicide or Visionary Leadership

    9/4/2009 - Modeling the Road System: What are the Critical Links?

  • Alt Wheels October 5 Staples World Headquarters in Framingham, MA
Jobs
At this time, the TRC is anticipating filling the following positions:

Post-Doctoral Policy Research Fellow
News from the DOE

Food vs Fuel Resources
The following publications summarize the food versus fuel issue.
News from Vermont
News from around the world
  • Hydrogen car to be 'open source' - The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online. Article
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology found that while cities produce more greenhouse gases per acre than suburban and rural areas, people who live in cities produce less. Article
  • Health researchers note that obesity and climate change have many of the same roots - including an auto-dependent lifestyle. (Grist) Article
  • Chairman Jim Oberstar and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have released the full 775-page transportation bill text. Download it here.
Best regards,

Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

Gas
Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy and the Vermont Department of Public Service.
Weekly
Petro-
Stats

                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $2.649/gallon                      $71.10/barrel
One Month Ago        $2.393/gallon                      $64.71/barrel
One Year Ago           $4.085/gallon                      $135.67/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX
Funding 1) Renewables and Energy Efficiency Improvements - The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements.  This program will provide support to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.  $51.6 million expected to be available, up to 1,100 awards anticipated.  Responses due 7/31/09.  For more info, including Regional contacts, click here. Refer to Sol# RDBCP-09-REAP-RES-EEI.  (Grants.gov 5/29/09)

2) Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies  - The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for Renewable Energy Feasibility Grants.  This program will provide support to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems.  $6 million expected to be available, up to 150 awards anticipated.  Responses due 7/31/09.  For more info, including state specific contacts, click here. Refer to Sol# RDBCP-09-REAP-FEASIBILITY.  (Grants.gov 5/29/09)

3) Efficient Trucks and Light Duty Vehicles - Recovery Act
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Systems Level Technology Development, Integration, and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks and Advanced Technology Powertrains for Light-Duty Vehicles.   Through this RFP, DOE seeks the development and demonstration of a 50% improvement in overall freight efficiency on a heavy-duty Class 8 tractor-trailer measured in ton-miles per gallon, and to accelerate the development of cost-competitive engine and powertrain systems for light-duty vehicles capable of attaining breakthrough thermal efficiencies while meeting future emissions standards.  $240 million expected to be available, up to 11 awards anticipated.  Responses due 9/9/09.  For more info, click hereRefer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000079.  (Grants.gov 6/9/09)

4) Greening High Schools - The Student Conservation Association requests proposals for the Green Your School Contest.  This is a national competition that awards projects that have, or will, improve the environmental health of the school.  $10K available, 3 awards anticipated. Responses due 10/9/09.   For more info, click here. :   (Foundation Center RFP Bulletin 5/29/09)