Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 eNewsletter 11.30.09
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
  • "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
  • Fuel Economy Workshop
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - More information TBA
News from the DOE

DOE Awards up to $5.5 Million for X PRIZE to Promote Clean, Energy Efficient Vehicles teams will design innovative, commercially-viable, high-efficiency vehicles. Learn More.

DOE and USDA Select Projects for more than $24 Million in Biomass Research and Development Grants. The advanced biofuels production funded through these grants are expected to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared to fossil fuels. DOE article.
News from the state

Construction could begin this week on VT-NY Ferry
Construction could begin this week on a new ferry crossing between Addison and Crown Point. They are hoping the ferry will be a good replacement until the bridge can be rebuilt.
Burlington Free Press article

Colchester roundabout contemplated with expected growth around the intersection of U.S. 7, Blakely Road and Severance Road. The intersection is overwhelmed at rush hour and the selectboard will decide later this month between two $1.6 million plans: a roundabout or new traffic signals with larger turning lanes. Full story.

News from around the world
Pay-by-the-mile auto insurance advances in California.  Car insurance by the tankful? Not yet, but California is considering pay-as-you-drive policies similar to the MileMeter in Texas. The goal is to decrease yearly mileage thus, lowering air pollution and decreasing traffic congestion and collisions. Sacramento Bee article
How to boost fuel efficiency? Raise taxes, executives say.  Auto executives say its a simple solution to get Americans to drive fuel-efficient cars but they won't like it. By slowly increasing the gas tax until fuel is between $4 and $5 a gallon Americans will have time to adjust and it will be unproblematic.  Full story
Paying More for Flights Eases Guilt, Not Emissions. Responsible Travel became on the first travel companies to offer costumers to purchase carbon offsets to counter global warming. Last month they canceled the program because it was not helping reduce global emissions. Carbon offsets have inhibited people in making significant behavioral changes. New York Times aritcle

Time right for budget-minded shoppers to buy a green car. There has never been a better time to go green with your next new car purchase. There is a large selection of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles that can fit into any budget.Read article

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. 

TIGER Grants for Surface Transportation
Under a new Recovery Act program, up to $1.5 billion was made available through September 30, 2011, for the Secretary of Transportation to make grants on a competitive basis for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.  Projects eligible for funding provided under this program include, but are not limited to, highway or bridge projects, public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail transportation projects, and port infrastructure investments. Response date has not been determined.  For more info, contact James Mowery at or click here.  Refer to Sol# DTOS59-09-RA-TIGER. 

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                     $ 77.75/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 2.72/gallon                     $ 77.07/barrel
One Year Ago           $2.58/gallon                      $58.00/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX