Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 11.23.10

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


December 2, 2010

Farrell Hall, UVM, 4:00 pm

Hosted by TRC Graduate Student Scholars

The panel will feature:

Maren Outwater, a Director at RSG

David Dill, Vermont State Secretary of Transportation Matthew Coogan, Director of New England Transportation Institute

For more information, contact Julia Kirby at (802) 656-1312



December 15, 2010

1:00 pm

Hosted by Linda Bluestein, DOE Clean Cities

This Webinar will focus on differences in electric vehicle charging levels, what is available, what to look for when choosing a technology, and partnerships with electric utilities.

Click here for more information 


Job Opportunities at the UVM Transportation Research Center 

The TRC is now accepting applications for an Outreach Professional and a Communications Professional

For more information, contact Julia Kirby at (802) 656-1312 or click here 

News from the DOE

DOE and EPA release 2011 annual fuel economy guide
The guide provides consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. 
DOE article
Fuel Economy Guide
Washington DC gets its first electric vehicle charging station 
In total, eight Recovery Act plug-in electric vehicle demonstration projects will deploy more than 13,000 grid-connected vehicles and install 23,000 charging stations.
DOE article
News from the state

It's time to stop school idling
"Isn't it time that our kids' new school year truly begins with a breath of fresh air?"
Burlington Free Press story

Vermont rail improvements begin
The construction will improve rail speeds along Amtrak's Vermonter path
Burlington Free Press story

Burlington introduces task force
to map out future of bike path

Experts say the bike path will deteriorate unless the city shoulders more maintenance chores - and secures about $3 million for improvements.
Burlington Free Press story

All you need is wheels
West Brattleboro resident changes habits to commute by bike.

Brattleboro Reformer story
News from around the US

Ford names first markets to sell Focus Electric, the company's first all-electric passenger car
The selected markets are: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle, Tuscon, and Washington, DC.
Full story

Study looks at transit's effects on community
Report weighs the benefits of transit investment
Reviving the US Rail and Transit Industry: Investments and Job Creation
Longfellow Bridge may become more bike/pedestrian friendly
State highway officials are considering a plan to provide nearly twice as much space for walkers and bikers.
Full story
Electrification Coalition releases fleet electrification roadmap
Report analyzes the benefits and challenges of electric vehicle deployment.
Full story
Why public transportation is good for kids
One mother describes why her family chooses to go car-free.
Full story

Electric, diesel, or hybrid car? Cost and CO2 calculator helps consumers choose
On-line tool allows consumers to determine which type of alternative drivetrain vehicle best suits their needs.
Full story
News from around the world

London to become "Europe's electric car capital"
City plans to open 1,300 public charging stations in 2011.
Full story
Potential for Western Canada to become a leader in electrically-powered land transport
Report presents the case for the region to position itself at the leading edge of a transition to electric land transport, as both user and manufacturer of electric propulsion technology.
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.

GHG Offset Projects

The Climate Trust is seeking new, innovative and high-quality greenhouse gas (GHG) offset projects. Among the preferred projects are those that deal with transportation efficiency. THere is no deadline for submitting project proposals but the first qualified proposals are the most likely to be funded.
For more info, contact Peter Weisberg at (503) 238-1915 x207 or click here.

National Clean Diesel Campaign

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) advances strategies that move toward cleaner air by working with fleet operators, manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions. THe campaign has four programs: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; National Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program; SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program; and the State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Deadlines vary, but most are in January, 2011.  For more info, contact or click here.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                    $ 3.01/gallon                     $ 80.50/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 2.87/gallon                     $ 81.10/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.72/gallon                     $ 77.75/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Best Regards,
Tom McGrath
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

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