Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 8.24.10

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 US
News from around the world

Upcoming Events


Vermont Clean Cities Coalition     September 7, 2010

     1:00 - 4:30 pm
     Chittenden Bank Room
     Davis Center, UVM

Speakers include:
Rich Cregar (Wake Tech Community College)
Greg Topjian (Energyxtreme)
Rebecca Ryan (American Lung Association)
Wayne Michaud (Idle-Free VT)
Chris Cole (Chittenden County Transportation Authority)
Rebecca Towne (Green Mountain Power Corporation)
David Sharpe (Vermont State Representative)



Early-bird registration rates are now available.
October 24-27, 2010
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
More information

News from the DOE

California Team to Receive up to $122 Million for Energy Innovation Hub to Develop Method to Produce Fuels from Sunlight
"Finding a cost-effective way to produce fuels as plants do -- combining sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide -- would be a game changer, reducing our dependence on oil and enhancing energy security" said Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. DOE article
Department of Energy Releases New Report on Economic Impact of Recovery Act Advanced Vehicle Investments
Report Finds Recovery Act Advanced Vehicle Projects Are creating jobs, spurring private capital investment and cutting electric vehicle cost. DOE article
Department of Energy Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research
The selections will support the development of a clean, sustainable transportation sector - a goal of the Department's continued effort to spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry while creating jobs. DOE article
News from the state

Farmers experiment with oil crops
Some farmers producing their own fuel to run their tractors and equipment
Vermont Public Radio story
More passengers riding Vermont Amtrak routes
Burlington Free Press story
g.housen converts fleet to
Beverage distributor switches to B-20
Press release
Coming soon to a driveway near you: electric vehicles
Times Argus story
Work begins on access to Burlington bike path
Burlington Free Press story
City of Burlington Climate Action Plan Released
Read the report
Proctor looking at Bike Path
Rutland Herald story
News from around the US

Air regulators to provide $5 million for electric vehicle chargers in San Francisco
Funding will support the installation of public and home chargers. Full story
USDOT Greenlights Project to Reduce Traffic Congestion on Colorado's Boulder Turnpike
The project includes expanded bus service, a commuter bikeway and intelligent transportation systems for electronic tolling.
Full story
Public transportation: the
secret to living longer?

Nixing the solo commute is not
just better for the environment, but
it turns out, better for your well
being, too. Full story

More telework, less travel: What new pollution goals mean for feds
Employees will fly to business meetings less frequently, work from home more often and recycle more of their trash as federal agencies strive to shrink their carbon footprints. Full story
Massport buys clean-air buses for Logan Airport
A fleet of 50 alternative-fuel buses - a mix of diesel-electric hybrids and vehicles run by compressed natural gas - will be in place by late 2013. Full story
Website rates your neighborhood's walkability and your commute costs
America's most walkable city is San Francisco, followed by New York and Boston. Full story
Cities tackle traffic head-on with commuter options
Getting people to choose public transit, carpools, biking, telecommuting or other alternatives to driving to work solo is a major part of a campaign to relieve congestion. Full story
News from around the world

China to invest billions in electric and hybrid cars
The plan aims to put more than a million electric and hybrid vehicles on the road over the next few years. Full story
In Vancouver, new bike lanes
and soon, public bikes

The city is rolling right along toward
a goal of 10% of all trips by bicycle.

Full story
Solar-powered drone makes record flight
A British-made, solar-powered drone has made a record-breaking flight of 14 days and 24 minutes. Full story

Great SmartWay Rebate Program
EPA New England has awarded over $1 million in Recovery Act / Clean Diesel funding to Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) to provide rebates for installing SmartWay verified technology upgrades on diesel trucks titled in the six New England states. Rebate requests must be submitted by August 31, 2010. For more info, call (503) 289-3579 or click here.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program (EEREP) for Developing Countries
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for Assistance Agreements for its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program (EEREP). USAID anticipates awarding two EEREP Leaders with Associate Cooperative Agreements, each of 5 years duration. The LWAs will be under two themes: Increasing Energy Efficiency, which will focus on increasing energy efficiency to reduce GHG emissions in developing country economies and Increasing Adoption of Renewable Energy, which seeks to assist developing countries with promoting and establishing an expanded supply of renewable energy systems. The closing date for applications is September 10, 2010. For more info, contact the office of acquisition and assistance at or click here.
Environmental Scientist Award
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, requests proposals for the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award.  This RFP will support early stage investigators committed to research in problems related to environmental exposures.  Examples of relevant toxicants include, but are not limited to: Industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, pesticides, air pollutants and other inhaled particulates.  $3.6 million expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated.  Letters of Intent are required and are due September 30, 2010, final proposals due October 29, 2010.  For more info, contact Carol Shreffler at or click here.

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for the CIS program, which supports research leading to the intelligent engineering of distributed infrastructure systems. Areas of interest include intra- and inter-dependencies in infrastructure design and operation for resilience and sustainability, infrastructure protection, and advanced information technologies for health monitoring, condition assessment, deterioration and asset management. Special emphasis is on risk analysis, life-cycle frameworks, cyber-enabled simulation, and technologies for design, construction, and operation of resilient and sustainable infrastructure networks. Full proposals are due October 1, 2010. For more info, contact Dennis Wenger at or click here.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                    $ 2.72/gallon                     $ 72.30/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 2.74/gallon                     $ 78.36/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.64/gallon                     $ 71.42/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.