Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 4.25.11

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

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

"Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid in Vermont: Challenges and Opportunities"

Space is limited, so please register in advance


Way to Go! Commuter Challenge 

May 16-20

Participants reduce their fuel consumption by trying a different mode of commuter transportation for one week. For more info and sign up click here 


National Summer Transportation Institute

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

For more info click here 


UVM Summer Course

Healthy Community Design: Health Impact Assessment and Other Tools to Evaluate and Promote Local Policy Change.

Focus will be on the intersect between land use, transportation and food/agricultural planning and population health. For more info click here

Sumit an Event or Job Posting

News from the DOE




DOE Announces Funding to Support Advanced Biofuels Development

The DOE financially supports the efforts of the Obama Administration to build a cleaner, safer, and more energy secure future for America. DOE Article 


Corporate Fleets Align to Reduce Oil Consumption

President Obama announces the National Clean Fleets Partnership with the hope of reducing diesel and gasoline use by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into fleet operations. DOE Article

DOE Launches Advanced Car Competition for Universities

The DOE is proud to support a program that provides real-world, hands-on experience to the students who will lead the way in designing and building the next generation of automobiles.

DOE Article 


DOE Rolls Out Program to Promote Electric Vehicles

Grant opportunity and Google partnership will help accelerate the deployment of EVs. DOE Article


News from the state

House OK's Complete Streets Bill

The legislation improves safety and access for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation users of all ages and abilities. Full Story 


Vermont Officials Want High Speed Rail Funds

Karen Rae of the Federal Rail Administration compared today's transportation climate to the 1950's when the nation made a commitment to build the interstate highway system.

Full Story


UVM Launches Free Bike Share Program 

The Office of Sustainability offers students and employees the ability to rent bikes from one of 3 hubs on campus. For more info  click here.


News from around the US 


President Obama, DOT, on pathway to better energy future

We can change both the types and the amounts of energy that our transportation systems use while also creating jobs.

Full Story 


City Design, Transit System Can Ease Gas Costs

The key factor: whether residents have to drive everywhere, or have other options.

Full Story 


Hawaii Awards $2.6 Million to Speed EV Adoption

The grants are designed to contribute to the state's energy goal of 70% clean energy by 2030.

Full Story 


America's marine highway system: Delivering goods more efficiently, reducing dependence on foreign oil

Marine highways offer a fuel-efficient, cost-effective way to haul goods from one place to another.

Full Story 


Study: Algae could replace 17% of U.S. oil imports

Algal biofuel can be made by extracting and refining the oils, called lipids, that algae produce as they grow.

Full Story 


Drivers curb habits as cost of gas soars

Families are quickly adapting by carpooling, combining errands to save trips, and curtailing weekend outings.

Full Story 


The economic case for on-street bike parking

Bike corrals are cropping up across the country.

Full Story 


DC Metro to Lure Bike-to-Rail Commuters

Metro plans to invest more than $11 million in projects to improve  

bicycle and pedestrian access to its  

rail stations through 2017.

Full Story 


  News from around the world


Seeds of a new energy industry

Adding vegetable oil to diesel will soon be the law across Canada.

Full Story 


Conventional Cars in Cities Should Be Halved  

by 2030, EU Says

Car makers are speeding up development of electric vehicles and hybrid systems that can run on either gasoline or electricity.

Full Story 


The dream of fuel cells for cars lives on

Daimler claims that it will be field-testing next-generation fuel cells manufactured in Vancouver by 2012.

Full Story 



Hydrogen Storage Technologies 

Aligned with the Department of Energy'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  


Biomass R&D 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy request proposals for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Projects must integrate the following technical areas: Feedstocks development; Biofuels and biobased products development; and Biofuels and biobased products development analysis. Alongside integration of these areas, USDA specifically seeks farm and industrial demonstrations and analysis of using biodiesel to improve commercial grain and cellulosic ethanol production systems.  Up to $30 million expected to be available, up to 8 awards anticipated. Pre-applications are required and are due 5/31/11, final proposals due 10/4/11. For more info, contact 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                    $ 3.87/gallon                     $ 112.29/barrel

One Month Ago        $ 3.60/gallon                     $ 103.35/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 2.89/gallon                     $ 84.05/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.