Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 3.22.11

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

VT Clean Cities Stakeholders Meeting 

April 27, 9:30am-11:30am

Mildred Livak Room in the UVM Davis Center

Featured speaker: Paul Hines, UVM School of Engineering


TRC Spring 2011 Seminars

Denver Nixon, University of Western Ontario 

"Through the Windshield: Transportation Practices and Dis/embodied Landscapes"
March 25, Billings North Lounge,10:45am-11:45am 


Joe Schofer, Professor, Associate Dean, Northwestern University

"The Future of Transportation" 

April 14, 427 Waterman Building, 6pm-7pm

Check here for more information


Way to Go! Commuter Challenge 

Participants reduce their fuel consumption by trying a different mode of commuter transportation for one week.
May 16-20

For more info and sign up click 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.

For more info click here 

News from the DOE




Energy Department Announces New Advance in Biofuel Technology

Researchers have used bacteria to convert plant matter into isobutanol, an organic compound similar to ethanol but one that can be mixed at any ratio with gasoline.

DOE article


Fuel Cell Technologies Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities Available

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy fellows' opportunities include access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists, and state-of-the-art projects and equiptment to generate innovative efficient and afforable energy technologies.

DOE article


DOE Finalizes $50 Million Loan for Vehicle Production Group 

The Vehicle Production Group will advance vehicle technology to help reduce dependency on oil and to ensure the United States' workforce is creating the best, most innovative vehicles in teh world.

DOE article



News from the state

New York and Vermont Begin Work on Regional Intercity Passenger Rail Study

A scheduled March 22nd meeting of VTrans, NYSDOT, and the FRA will focus on establishing intercity passenger rail service in from southwestern Vermont to areas in New York.

Full Story


Push for Alternate Transport Grows in Burlington

Volunteer-driven, cost-conscious forums give Burlington's walk-bike projects new life and aim to encourage Vermont Legislature to promote non-motorized transportation.

Full Story


Complete Streets for Vermont

Legislation is in the works to make new roads more accessible for passengers traveling by car, bus, bike, or on foot.

Full Story

News from around the US 


New Specs for Locomotives Will Mean Lower Costs for Passenger Rail

Diesel-electric locomative specifications help a national effort to make building and purchasing rail cars easier, faster, and cheaper.

Full Story    


LaHood Says Cars Should Play Smaller Role In Next Generation of Transportation

LaHood reports that President Obama's national transportation plan continues to de-emphasize private vehicles with concern for the next generation of transportation.

Full Story 


Bikeway Design Guide Debuts at Summit

A manual for developing new bikeways put together by the National Association of City Transportation Officials contains best practices for city planners.

Full Story


$5 a Gallon Gas Could Spur Up to 1.5 Billion Additional Passenger Trips on U.S. Public Transportation Systems

The volatility of gas pump prices causes extreme concern and a push for Congress to provide long-term investment for public transit.

Full Story   


US Bicycle Route System Expands to 30 US States

The United States Bicycle Route System, a non-profit bike path and trail program, has attracted the interest of 30 states acros the country, 14 of which have already started implementing a network of bicycle routes.

Full Story  

  News from around the world


Australians Have Learned to Drive Less

In car-crazy Australia, soft measures are turning the tide in the hard battle to reduce the number of basically empty cars on the road.

Full Story


Top Ten Green Cars of the Geneva Motor Show

At the Geneva Motor Show, the top ten green cars to dominate motoring over the next five to ten years are presented to the public.

Full story


How to Make Tbilisi Greener

Economic and enviornmental benefits of a green transportation infrastructure push ideas such as development of bicycle lanes and public bicycle programs.

Full Story


Kaohsiung's Public Transportation Push

A "give first, take later" strategy proves difficult for the ultra-modern mass rapid transit system, but the city continues to offer incentives for clean vehicle use, City Public Bike program, and hydrogen buses.

Full Story



Pollution Prevention 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Pollution Prevention Grant Program (P2). P2 supports projects that help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. National focus areas include greenhouse gas reduction. $4.1 million expected to be available, up to 50 awards anticipated. Responses due 3/28/11.For more info contact Robert Guillemin at or click here  


Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. This program supports projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community; it is designed to help communities understand and address their exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. $1.2 million expected to be available, up to 44 awards anticipated. Responses due 3/31/11. For more info, contact Amy Braz at or click here 


DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Applied Research and Development in Hydrogen Storage Technologies 

Aligned with DOE's goals to accelerate high impact innovations that drive down the costs of low-carbon energy sources, this funding opportunity solicits applied R&D that will enable advanced hydrogen storage technologies for both stationary and light-duty vehicle transportation applications. Subject to annual appropriations, up to $12 million in DOE funds over the next 3 years will be available for research and development of hydrogen storage technologies including lower cost compressed tanks, advanced materials, and innovative concepts. A nonfederal cost share of 20 percent will be required for all applicants. Application due by 4/29/11. For more information and to apply click here 


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 5/31/11. For more info, call (866) 345-3390 ext 277 or click here  


Fellowships: Investing in Innovative Clean Energy Technologies 

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships offer unique research opportunities to highly talented Ph.D. recipients to engage in innovative research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities that are conducting applied research in support of EERE. Applications due 6/30/11. For more info, contact the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at 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 


                              Gas at the Pump, VT         Crude Oil Futures  
Current                    $ 3.60/gallon                     $ 103.35/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 3.27/gallon                     $ 96.14/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.83/gallon                     $ 81.70/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.