Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 10.29.10

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


November 17 - 4:00pm, Dudley H. Davis Center, Livak Ballroom
"Health, Transportation, and Bicycling: Connecting the Dots"
Jennifer Dill, Portland State University

December 2 - 4:00pm, Farrell Hall
Transportation Expert Panel on Critical Issues in Transportation
More information

Local Motion's Annual Benefit at American Flatbread
November 9 - 5:30 to 9:00pm
More information

has been released.
Read the full report

News from the DOE

EcoCar Challenge Drives Students to Innovate
Teams from 16 North American universities are competing to design a fuel-efficient vehicle that minimizes emissions while maximizing consumer appeal, safety and performance. 
DOE article

USDOE announces 2011 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 
The event will unite key players from all sectors of the nation's energy innovation community to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies.DOE article
News from the state

"Transportation is not on the agenda"
Local bike advocate believes the candidates are ignoring "Vermont's bigger energy threat."
Burlington Free Press story
'Complete Streets' advocates transportation re-design
VPR's Jane Lindholm recently discussed the topic on Vermont Edition.
VPR story and audio
Burlington dedicates lockers for bicycles
Mayor Kiss claims the move underlines the city's commitment to making pedestrian and bike traffic a routine method of transportation.

Burlington Free Press story
News from around the US

EPA and DOT announce next steps toward tighter tailpipe and fuel economy standards
In keeping with President Obama's vision to reduce greenhouse gases and increase fuel efficiency, the move should save consumers money and reduce dependence on oil.
Full story

Minimize parking, maximize the city
Boston is no longer at the automobile's mercy, but zoning hasn't caught up to this new reality. Until now. Full story
New York City DOT turns to Zip Cars for fleet needs
300 employees will share 23 hybrid cars and two vans and will save the city thousands of dollars in fuel, vehicle, and maintenance costs.
Full story
One gallon of gas, 100 miles
The Very Light Car outpaces today's hybrids and was awarded a $5 million prize.
Full story

 Massachusetts gets ready to power electric cars
At least five stations will be installed by the end of this year, and another three are expected in Boston by the first quarter of 2011.
Full story

News from around the world

Government of Canada moves to reduce emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles
The measure will help Canadians achieve their 2020 target of a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels. Full story
Speed up natural gas use
CNG vehicles have increased to more than 12 million in 2010 - more than 60 per cent of them are in Pakistan, Iran, Argentina, and Brazil.
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 May 31, 2011. For more info, call (866) 345-3390 ext 277 or click here.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Phase 1
The U.S. Department of Energy, requests proposals for phase 1 of the SBIR adn SBTT projects for fiscal year 2011. One of the topic areas is "Production of Bioenergy and Biofuels from Cellulosic and Non-food Biomass." Grant applications ares ought in the following subtopics: Biomass Feedstock Stabilization and Drying; Biomass Torrefaction; Sugar Catalysis to Advanced Biofuels and Chemical Intermediates; and Pyroltic Thermal Depolymerization.
Applications are due November 15, 2010.  For more info, contact Carl Hebron at or click here.

We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become "Agents of Change" in identifying and solving environmental problems.  Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants.  Responses due 3/15/11.  For more info, click here.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                    $ 2.87/gallon                     $ 81.10/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 2.68/gallon                     $ 76.69/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.72/gallon                     $ 77.07/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.