Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 1.25.11

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

News from the DOE
News from the state
News from around the US
News from around the world

Upcoming Events

TRC Spring 2011 Seminars

Joe Schofer- Northwestern University

Denver Nixon- University of Western Ontario

Dates, times and locations will be announced shortly

Check here for updates


Transportation and Community Character

Lecture and Q&A by Traffic Engineer Walter Kulash

February 10, 2011 - 7:00pm

Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College

Interactive TV Date: February 11, 9-11am

More information here 


Colchester Avenue Public Meeting

Public meeting of the Colchester Avenue Corridor Plan

Let your voice be heard on future transportation-related plans for Colchester Avenue between Prospect Street and Winooski Bridge.

 February 3, 2011 - 7:00pm  

 McClure Conference Room, Fletcher Allen Health Care

More information here 


Green Truck Summit

March 7-8, 2011

Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

More information here


National Summer Transportation Institute

Applications are now being accepted for NSTI 2011, a two-week summer institute for high school students held at UVM.

More information here 


News from the DOE



A New Look for 
The DOE website overhaul includes new features and aims to make it easier to locate resources and interact with the department. 

 More information 


DOE Offers First Conditional Commitment for a Loan Guarantee for Advanced Biofuels Plant
The loan guarantee will support the construction of a 137-million gallon per year renewable diesel facility in Louisiana.

DOE article


DOE's Argonne Laboratory Licenses

Advanced Battery Cell for Volt

The Argonne-developed technology offers the longest-lasting energy available in the smallest, lightest package.

DOE article


DOE Project to Get 20 Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Vehicles

The project will bring vehicles with the latest technology advancements to U.S roadways and allow DOE to validate the technologies for ultimate market acceptance.

DOE article

News from the state

Public Transportation a Shumlin Priority

Newly-appointed VTrans Secretary Brian Searles says rail and other forms of mass transit are key to reducing Vermonters' use of fossil fuels and better serving an aging population

VPR story

Listen to Searles' interview with VPR's Jane Lindholm

Green Mountain Power to Install Public Charging Stations for Electric Cars

The charging stations will be ready for public use by Spring 2011

Full story

Carmaker Tests Its New Plug-in Model in Vermont

Central Vermont Public Service will be test driving Toyota's new Prius plug-in to see how the car handles in cold weather. 

Full story

CCTA requests rider feedback

CCTA is testing TwinVision Silver "Smart Series," a new electronic destination sign system. CCTA riders can offer their opinions about this new sign seen on bus 513.

Take the survey


News from around the US


New Data Adds Job Creation to the Many Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure

New report shows that Baltimore pedestrian and bike projects created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar spent than typical road projects.

USDOT Secretary LaHood's blog entry 

Full Report

Pew Report Examines Methods to Reduce Transport's Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
A major co-benefit of reducing transportation's GHG emissions is the resulting reductions in oil use and improvements in energy security.

 Full Report



The C-MAX Energi is a smaller, 5-seat minivan that can run off of a charge and switch to the conventional hybrid motor when necessary.

Full story 


Washington State to Create Nation's First Electric Vehicle-Friendly Scenic Byway Along U.S 2

This route will connect to the I-5 "electric highway" enabling electric vehicle drivers to travel across the west coast to North Central Washington by the end of 2011.

Full story

Diesel Era Ends for MTA Buses

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority retired its last diesel bus, becoming the only major transit agency in the nation with a fleet that is totally equipped with alternative-fuel technologies.

Full story


More are choosing buses for travel between cities 

A DePaul University professor said intercity bus travel was the United States' fastest-growing mode of transportation for the third straight year.

Full story 


Facebook, YouTube Campaign Urges Americans to Tell Congress about Transportation Needs

As congress begins work on a new transportation bill, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation bill, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) launched a social media campaign to generate public opinion about what priorities should be included.

Full story


Designing for Nonmotorists

FHWA field engineers learning and development seminar presentations now available on-line.

View the presentations


Pavement to Parks Gives Road Space Back to Cyclists

San Francisco's Pavement to Parks project is converting unused road space into pedestrian and cycling friendly plazas and parklets that increase the revenue of local business.

Full Story 


FTA Awards National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27 Million for Alternative Transportation

The U.S National Park Service, the U.S Forest Service, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and local partner communities will receive funds for 47 projects.

Full Story 


Turn Water Into Fuel

Ratan Tata has invested $15 million towards a research project at MIT to use hydrogen from water as fuel for cars. 

Full Story


Ford Unveils First Plug-In Hybrid,

and It's a Minivan


News from around the world

Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap
Facilitated by Natural Resources Canada, this process provided a platform for a broad array of stakeholders to discuss the potential for natural gas use across the medium and heavy-duty transportation sector, explore strategies for overcoming barriers associated with its use, and development recommendations for deployment.

 Full story 

Electric Vehicles Trial in Canada
Hydro Quebec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada launch pilot project in Boucherville, Quebec.
Full story


London's Bike Superhighways  

Are Incredibly Successful

More cyclists taking to the streets

Full story

London Offers Greener Vehicle Discount Tax Exemption

The system applies to all vehicles which emit below 100g/km of CO2 and meet Euro 5 air quality standards.
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. 

DOE Biomass Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications for small-scale process integration projects that support the development of advanced biofuels. The biofuels could replace gasoline or diesel without requiring special upgrades or changes to the vehicle or fueling infrastructure. Applications are due February 7, 2011. For more info, contact or click here. 


DOE Fuel Cell Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells for stationary and transportation applications. Letter of Intent is due January 28, 2011. Applications are due by March 3. Applications for the cost analysis solicitation are due on February 18, 2011. Funding for both programs are subject to congressional appropriations. For more info, click here. (search for DE-FOA-0000360 and DE-FOA-0000420)

DOE Vehicles Technology Program

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) Program, is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "FY2011 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement." The mission of the VT program is to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for highway transportation vehicles (cars and trucks) that will meet or exceed performance expectations and environmental requirements, and enable America to use significantly less petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The VT program focuses on highway vehicles, which account for 55 percent of total U.S. oil use ─ more than all U.S. domestic oil production. Applications are due February 28, 2011. For more info, contact Jeffrey Kooser at or click here.

Transportation Policies, GHGs, Land Use, and the Economy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Integrated Assessment of Transportation-Related Policies on Greenhouse Gases, Land Use Change, and Other Economy-Wide Impacts.  Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects that advance comprehensive, integrated modeling and assessment of multiple GHGs and air pollutants; to further the public's understanding of the interaction of the economic, energy, and environmental impacts of increased renewable fuel usage in the U.S. transportation sector using a robust modeling framework.Responses due February 17, 2011.  For more info, contact Sharyn Lie at or click here.Refer to Sol# EPA-OAR-OTAQ-11-06.


Environmental Engineering  

The National Science Foundation requests proposals for Environmental Engineering.  The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific principles to minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, inland and coastal waters, and air that result from human activity, and to evaluate adverse impacts of these discharges on human health and environmental quality.  Responses are due March 3, 2011.  For more info, contact Paul Bishop at or click here.Refer to Sol# PD-11-1440.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                    $ 3.22/gallon                     $ 89.10/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 3.12/gallon                     $ 89.40/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.82/gallon                     $ 74.54/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.