Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 3.23.10

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
  • 2010 Bicycle/Pedestrian Summit:
    Saturday, March 27, 8:30am to 12:45pm
    McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT.  Sponsored by the CCMPO and Local Motion. For more information click here.
  • 3rd Annual TRC Research Expo
    Wednesday, May 12 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
    Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus, UVM
    Mingle with TRC faculty, staff, students and learn about their research projects.
News from the DOE

Secretary Chu Op-Ed on Energy Efficiency from the World Economic Forum - Chu argues that "energy efficiency is one of the lowest cost options for reducing US carbon emissions," and introduces the "Retrofit Ramp-Up" program. DOE Article

Fuel pump in field

Obama Announces Steps to Boost Biofuels - President Barack Obama announced a series of steps his Administration is taking as part of its comprehensive strategy to enhance American energy independence while building a foundation for a new clean energy economy. Read more

News from the state

'Safe Passing' moves forward

(Excerpted from a Brattleboro Reformer article 3/13/10)

"The 'Safe Passing' bill sponsored by Brattleboro Progressive Mollie Burke, a member of the House Transportation Committee, is moving forward....the measure, which requires motorists to proceed with greater caution when passing vulnerable users on highways and state roads, was supported by biking groups around the state."

State targets obesity

"...the Department of Education and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets are working to provide healthier food choices for children in schools. In addition, some employers are taking workplace steps to encourage healthier behavior in employees, some as simple as adding a bike rack to help workers peddle to work rather than drive.

"And communities are joining the cause, in some cases creating bike paths and more walkable sidewalks to encourage residents to be active." Read the entire article (Times Argus)

News from around the world

DOT Secretary Ray Lahood blogs about his experience at the National Bike Summit - Lahood thanks attendees "for being such effective advocates for livable, sustainable, bike-friendly communities." Full story

High-speed Rail

Cities not on track with Calif. high-speed rail - That a successful effort to get car-dependent Californians to embrace mass transit could be derailed by another transportation project may strike some as ironic. But it's also one of the hidden costs. Read more

Bikers commuting
Harry Jaffe on making Washington more bike-friendly

Former Rutland Herald reporter and Leahy staffer considers the possibility that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty could make Washington "the cycling capital city of the country." The Washington Examiner


Consumers want green vehicles to offer more than fuel savings, study finds -Accenture's survey showed that six out of 10 consumers are more likely to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle only when it is superior to gasoline-only models in every way. Go to article

Electric USPS Vehicle

U.S. Postal Service to test a repurposed electric vehicle fleet -

Starting this summer, the Postal Service, which operates the world's largest civilian vehicle fleet, will begin a year-long pilot program of electric mail trucks in the Washington area. Full story

EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SBIR Program assists small businesses with no more than 500 employees to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies. Phase I awards of up to $80,000 over six months are used to investigate the scientific merit and technical feasibility of the proposed technology. Phase I businesses are able to compete for Phase II awards of $300,000 - $370,000 over two years to continue technology development toward successful commercialization. Solicitations for 2011 will begin March 25, 2010 and close May 11, 2010. For more info, contact Jim Gallup or click here.

National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program The NSF is also offering SBIR Phase I funding opportunities for environmental technologies. Proposed topics include bioenergy technology, energy supply and use, and energy transportation and fuels.  Proposals may be submitted between May 9 and June 9, 2010. For more info, contact Greg Baxter or click here.

Methane Recovery
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Activities that Advance Methane Recovery and Use as a Clean Energy Source. This RFP will support investigation, survey, study, training, and demonstration projects that advance international near-term, cost-effective methane recovery and use as a clean energy source, and supports the goals of the Methane to Markets Partnership. $5 million is expected to be available for up to 35 awards. Final proposals are due 7/29/10. For more info, contact Henry Ferland or click here: FedConnect. Refer to Sol# EPA-OAR-CCD-10-02.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $  2.83/gallon                     $  81.70/barrel
One Month Ago        $  2.75/gallon                     $ 77.33/barrel
One Year Ago           $ 1.94/gallon                      $ 49.16/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Best Regards,
Karen Glitman
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

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