Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 eNewsletter 10.30.09
Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
News from the DOE
News from the state
News from around the world


Upcoming Events
  • "Community and transportation: an analysis of the role of roundabouts"
    Dr. Per Garder, Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine
    Thursday, November 5 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm - Think Space, Farrell Hall
  • "Lessons Learned: Results from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Mobility International Scan"
    Jon Kaplan, VTrans Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
    More information | Co-presented with the Vermont Chapter of ASLA
    Tuesday, November 10 - 5:30 to 6:30 pm - Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
  • "Transportation & social equity--Transportation is access: issues for people with disabilities"
    Phil Hammerslough, Transportation Advocate and Carmen George, Good News Garage
    Wednesday, November 11 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm- Terrill 308
  • "Transportation Planning and Community Development in Urban Areas"
    Dr. Elizabeth Deakin, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
    Wednesday, November 18 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm- Terrill 308
  • "Research Directions in Understanding and Visualizing Rural Health Access and Traffic Safety"
    Thomas A. Horan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University & Research Director, Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, University of Minnesota (UVM Class of '81)
    Monday, December 7 - 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Vermont Renewable Energy Conference & Expo - Wednesday, Oct. 28th & Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2009. Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont
  • Fuel Economy Workshop
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - More information TBA
News from the DOE

MotorWeek Videos: These MotorWeek segments, provided by Maryland Public Television, highlight Clean Cities successes around the nation.
News from the state
Sen. Sanders recently introduced S. 1721, which includes funding for Department of Transportation to coordinate a plan to deploy electric vehicle recharging stations across highway and road corridors. It also provides funding for pilot demonstration projects, including in rural areas. This is based on Sanders' Transportation Low Emissions Energy Plan... read more.

Locals caught in Lake Champlain bridge closure organize NY-VT pedestrian ferry. Full story.
Get on the Green Bus 2: Assessing Company Interest in Sustainability  - Have you seen a green-certified bus yet?  As described in last month's Vermont Clean Cities Coalition newsletter, the motorcoach can provide an efficient option for eco-conscious consumers.  However, this efficiency could be ... read more
News from around the world
Is happiness still that new car smell? The economic downturn and growing environmental consciousness are causing people to change their habits, embracing transit, walking and biking. (New York Times article)
Sharing a Ride Before Sharing Their Bikes.  At daybreak on Sunday, volunteer bike riders gathered outside the Worksman Cycles factory in Ozone Park, Queens, and prepared to ride heavy-duty bikes all the way to Princeton University. Full story
Philly ranks high in bike commuters. Philadelphia has more bicycle commuters per capita than any other of the nation's top 10 most populated cities, according to new census figures. ( story)

GasBest Regards,
Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy and the Vermont Department of Public Service.

People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the 7th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet.  P3 supports R&D and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society.   Areas of interest include:  Energy, Built Environment, Materials and Chemicals, Water, and Agriculture.  $850K expected to be available, up to 46 awards anticipated.  Responses due 1/5/10.  For more info, contact Cynthia L. Nolt-Helms at or click here.  Refer to Sol# EPA-G2010-P3. 

Electric Power Sector Workforce Training - Recovery Act 
The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector.  This initiative will support the development of a well-trained, highly skilled electric power sector workforce which is vital to implementing a national clean-energy smart grid.  $100 million expected to be available, up to 45 awards anticipated.  Responses due 11/30/09.  For more info, contact John Wiltshire at or click here.  Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000152. 

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I.  SBIR/STTR supports R&D from small businesses concerning scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to significant public benefit if the research is successful.  68 topics of interest identified, which include, but are not limited to:  Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies; Geothermal, Wind and Solar Technology Development; Production of Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass; Technologies Related to Energy Storage for Hybrid and Plug-in Electric Vehicles; Transitional Technologies for Solid State Lighting; Energy Efficient Membranes for Industrial Applications; Hydrogen Safety, Storage, Delivery, and Production; Climate Control Technology for Fossil Energy Applications; Carbon Cycle Measurements of the Atmosphere and the Biosphere; Enhanced Availability of Climate Model Output; and Atmospheric Measurement Technology.  $36 million expected to be available, up to 360 awards anticipated.  Responses due 11/20/09.  For more info, contact Carl Hebron at or click here.  Refer to Sol# DE-FOA-0000161. 
The U.S. Department of Transportation requests proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I.  Through SBIR, small businesses are invited to submit innovative research proposals that address high priority requirements of the U.S. DOT.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  Safer, Greener, User-Friendly Bus and Rail Transit, and Expert System Traffic Signal Analysis Tools.  Responses due 11/16/09.  For more info, contact Darren Shaffer at DARREN.SHAFFER@DOT.GOV or click here.  Refer to Sol# DTRT57-10-SBIRI.  (FBO 10/1/09)
Green and Healthy Homes
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requests proposals for the Green and Healthy Homes and Technical Studies Program.  Through this RFP, HUD seeks to improve knowledge of the effects residential green construction has on both indoor environmental quality and occupant health, with a particular focus on children and other sensitive populations.  It is expected that benefits would be most likely observed for respiratory health outcomes and reductions in irritation-related symptoms.  $2.4 million expected to be available, up to 7 awards anticipated.  Responses due 11/17/09.  For more info, contact Peter Ashley at or click here.  Refer to Sol# FR-5300-N-20. 
Urban and Community Forestry Challenge
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program.  This program supports urban and community forestry projects that will demonstrate the reach, resources, and expertise needed to address four priority areas in ways that lead to meaningful, replicable results.  Priority areas include:  Energy Conservation, Climate Change, Public Health, and Green Infrastructure Assessment.  $900K expected to be available, up to 10 awards anticipated.  Pre-proposals are required and are due 12/15/09, final proposals due 3/17/10.  For more info, contact Nancy Stremple at or click here.  Refer to Sol# USDA-FS-UCF-01-2010.
Building Engineered Complex Systems  
The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Building Engineered Complex Systems.  This initiative will support small teams of innovative engineers and mathematical scientists to seek and develop a theoretical basis of complex systems, with the aim of developing formal methods for the design of engineered complex systems.  Examples included, but were not limited to:  Power grids, manufacturing and service enterprises, and environmental systems.  $4 million expected to be available, up to 20 awards anticipated.  Responses due 1/19/10.  For more info, click here.  Refer to Sol# 09-610.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                      $ 2.72/gallon                    $ 77.07/barrel
One Month Ago         $ 2.58/gallon                    $ 71.42/barrel
One Year Ago           $ 3.47/gallon                     $ 85.57/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX