Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 4.30.10

Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to
reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont

Upcoming Events
News from the DOE
News from the state
News from around the world
News from around the world

Weekly Petro-stats

Upcoming Events
Mingle with TRC faculty, staff, and students and learn about their research projects. More information
Wednesday, May 12 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus, UVM

The lunchtime discussion series addresses critical issues in transportation. More information
June 4; June 18; July 9; July 23; Aug 6, Aug 20
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus, UVM

Reduce pollution and congestion by finding alternative means of commuting. Sign up here
May 17-21, 2010

Free workshop designed for fleet managers as  an informative and interesting overview on fuels, vehicles, and emission reduction. A partnership between the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and Manchester Community College.
June 4 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH
More information

News from the DOE

GSA Doubles the Federal Hybrid Fleet, DOE Takes the Lead in Updating to Hybrids - President Obama announced that the Federal Government will lead by example in replacing older cars in the federal fleet with fuel efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. DOE article

Department of Energy to Invest Nearly $18 Million for Advanced Biofuels User Facility - U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi announced plans to build an advanced biofuels process development facility aimed at speeding the commercialization of advanced biofuels. Read more

DOE Releases Federal Fleet Management Guidance - The fleet guidance highlights a number of ways Federal agencies can reduce petroleum consumption by reducing vehicle miles traveled, increasing fleet fuel efficiency and switching to lower GHG-emitting and alternative fuels. The aim is to meet President Obama's call to reduce petroleum fuel use by 2 percent each year from 2005 through 2020, for a total 30 percent reduction. DOE article

News from the state

Vermont bike ferry searches for funding - Local Motion solicits funds to improve service of bike ferry across the Colchester-South Hero causeway to connect runners, bikers, and walkers along the Island Line Trail. Burlington Free Press article

Vermont officials praise tighter auto fuel standards - The state has led the way for national fuel efficiency standards in new cars. Times Argus article.

Governor Douglas highlights clean air initiatives Programs - include a project to help schools acquire new buses that will emit up to 90% fewer emissions. Press release

Burlington reluctant to enforce idling restrictions - Only seven tickets have been issued since January Burlington Free Press article
News from around the US

Take a cue from Europe on breaking car dependence

Brooklyn welcomes bike-friendly policy
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"Auto Shop" has new meaning as high school students increasingly build alt-fuel vehicles
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Solar-powered plane makes successful maiden flight -

Reconsidering how we measure housing affordability by including transportation costs - 
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MBTA launches first of hybrid buses in Boston -
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News from around the World
Mexico City offers bike sharing program in clean air campaign called Ecobici - the new program has installed 1,100 bikes at 85 stations throughout the center of the city. In its first three months, 4,000 people have paid for user cards they swipe at a rack to release a bicycle for a half-hour. The project is part of Plan Verde, a $1 billion-per-year program which also calls for an energy efficient bus system, once-a-week no-drive days for all cars, and subway system improvements. Full story
NSF/DOE Partnership on Thermoelectric Devices for Vehicle Applications
NSF and DOE seek research proposals with transformative ideas that will impact national needs and priorities in energy conservation and climate change. Letters of Intent due 5/21/10, final deadline 6/22/10. More information

U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC)
This Center will facilitate joint clean energy R&D by teams of scientists and engineers from the U.S. and China, as well as serve as a clearinghouse to help researchers in each country.   Deadline 5/14/10.  More information

US Department of Agriculture Sustainable Bioenergy Program
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Sustainable Bioenergy Program will fund grants targeting the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy and biobased products. Deadlines vary. More information

Alt Fuel Facility Design Competition
The Seattle District Corps of Engineers has a competitive design-build requirement for the Construction of an Alternative Fuel Facility, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Consists of the design and construction of an alternative fuel station to include dispensing and storage for alt fuel systems. Deadline 5/14/10. More information

EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
This program assists small businesses with no more than 500 employees to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies.. Deadline 5/11/10. More information

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. Deadline 6/9/10. More information

Methane Recovery
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Activities that Advance Methane Recovery and Use as a Clean Energy Source.  $5 million is expected to be available for up to 35 awards. Deadline 7/29/10.
More information


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $  2.89/gallon                     $  84.05/barrel
One Month Ago        $  2.83/gallon                     $  81.07/barrel
One Year Ago           $ 2.04/gallon                      $ 48.09/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.