Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

July 2012

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Welcome to the VTCCC Newsletter:

Your clearing house for news, programs, and funding information related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont.

 

Upcoming Events

 

TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

Select Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00pm at Farrell Hall

 

July 27: Measuring Livability in Small-Urban and Rural Communities with Disaggregate Data (Nathan Belz, UVM TRC)

 

August 17: Certification for Sustainable Transportation and Green Coach (Lisa Chase and David Kestenbaum, UVM-Vermont Tourism Data Center)

 

Complete list and more info here

 

Electric Vehicle Fleet Managers Discussion

August 6, 12pm

Opportunity for fleet managers to meet with their peers and discuss electric vehicle transportation options for fleets. Learn how to green your fleet by cutting fuel costs and reducing emissions. For more information please see the event invitation or contact Michelle McCutcheon-Schour.

 

Electric Vehicle Demonstration

August 8, 1pm

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

128 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington

For more info, contact Tim Andreasen

 

Electric Vehicle Owners Luncheon

August 13, 12pm

Do you, or anyone you know, own an Electric Vehicle? If so, please join us to discuss electric vehicle owners meeting to discuss your experience with electric vehicles. For more information please see the event invitation or contact Michelle McCutcheon-Schour

DOE News

 

The Alternative Fuels Data Center Web Site Redesign

Highlights include a new alternative fueling station locator, a database of case studies of success stories about alternative transportation technologies and alternative fuels, and with new maps and charts showing transportation data and trends related to alternative fuels and vehicles.   

 

Energy Department Invests in Hydrogen Infrastructure and Fueling Technologies

The five projects will track the performance and technical progress of innovative refueling systems at planned or existing hydrogen fueling stations to find ways to lower costs and improve operation.  

 

Vermont News

 

Fair Point Saves Big with Anti-Idling Push

Fair Point Communications has cut emissions and fuel use in the past year from efforts to curb idling in its fleet of work vehicles. 

  

With $3 million from FTA, new building will centralize DVTA's administrative, maintenance, operations and biodiesel production facilities in Wilmington. 

 

The resolution was part of a national Clean Air Cities campaign led by the Center for Biological Diversity. 

 

National News

 

US Can Support a Significant Number 

of New Electric Vehicles

America may have many more electric vehicle charging options than previously thought. 

 

Governors Press Detroit to Make Natural Gas Vehicles

The Governors are leading a bipartisan commitment by 13 states to purchase thousands of natural gas vehicles for their fleets as both a cost-saving measure and as an incentive for the industry to develop them. 

 

 The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has installed 27 corrals since it started rolling them out in 2010, adding 168 bike racks without taking up any sidewalk space.   

 

According to an Environment Maine report, 2,300 drivers in Maine could purchase their first plug-in vehicle within the next three years.

 

First Student Purchases 86 Blue Bird Propane-Powered School Buses for Use in Portland Public Schools 

School bus service contract to save up to $700,000 in fuel costs per year using clean, economical, propane autogas.    

 

Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Systems Installed

Drivers at the three installation locations have been trialing the first passenger electric vehicles in the world with full wireless charging capability.  

International News

 

Seven-Eleven to Use Electric-Vehicles for Deliveries

Japans largest convenience store operator will use ultra-compact electric vehicles to deliver products to homes and offices. 

 

Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles: Made for each other? 

Electric vehicles could be used to regulate peak load on the grid.  

   

Last month Air Canada conducted a flight from Toronto to Mexico City using a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and biodiesel.  

 

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Safe Routes to School Bicycle Parking

The Vermont Safe Routes to School program has identified bicycle parking as a common need among participating schools. VTrans will provide funding to purchase bicycle parking from a specific manufacturer on behalf of selected applicants. The freestanding racks are inverted U's that can be ordered with varying amounts of bike parking capacity. Bike racks will be ordered by VTrans and will be shipped directly from the vendor to the school. Successful applicants will be responsible for any assembly/installation of the bicycle parking. To be eligible for receiving bicycle parking products under this application, applicants must be an elementary or middle school (or a school that includes at least one grade in the range K-8). The school must also be signed up as a Partner of the VT Safe Routes to School Resource Center.  Applications are due 8/15/12. For more info contact Abby Mattera or click here.

VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program  

The intent of the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is to improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects. Applications are due 8/24/12. For more info contact Jon Kaplan or click here.


Municipal Park-and-Rides Program
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is soliciting proposals for the creation of small Park-and-Ride Facilities in Vermont communities. The 2013 Municipal Park-and-Ride Grant Program has been funded with $250,000.00. These facilities will assist in the effort of reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) on the roadway, which in turn helps to reduce vehicle pollutants and traffic congestion. In order to be eligible for this grant, the proposed facility must be located on Municipality or State owned land, on or near a State Highway, available to commuters on a daily basis year round, provide parking for a minimum of ten vehicles, and will be owned and maintained by the local municipality. The grant funding is available for engineering and construction activities. If public transit is present nearby, collaboration with the provider is encouraged. Applications are due 08/31/12. For more info contact Wayne Davis or click here. 

Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees

The VTrans Public Transit Section is offering grants to municipalities to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go Vermont Program (

www.connectingcommuters.org). VTrans will provide a $500 grant to participating municipal energy committees. Go Vermont is a web-based clearinghouse for all transportation modes in Vermont, featuring an automated carpool, vanpool and public transit matching service, a vanpool program, information for State Park and Ride locations, and a link to "511" traffic conditions. The project objectives are as follows:

  • Broaden Go Vermont outreach efforts
  • Build relationships with local committees and advocates
  • Identify local and regional transportation priorities and activities
  • Increase traffic to the Go Vermont website and tools (www.connectingcommuters.org)
  • Focus regional and local initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • The ultimate goal of this program is to increase program awareness, carpool registrations, numbers of van-pools and general activity on the Go Vermont website.
For more information contact Ross MacDonald or click here


JOB OPPORTUNITY

Program Coordinator- Energy Action Network

Energy Action Network (EAN) is an independent statewide nonprofit corporation committed to the mission of meeting 80% of Vermont's 2030 energy needs from renewable sources and efficiency.

EAN's Program Coordinator will provide operational leadership and support to the network's Leverage Point working groups and participate in providing overall strategic leadership for EAN as a whole. This work will be accomplished utilizing a systems approach to change and fostering collaboration among diverse interest groups. There is no road map for this job. It requires collaborating with and coordinating the efforts of organizational leaders with an already committed, busy schedule.

 

For more information contact Andrea Colnes.

 

petrostats

Weekly

Petro-Stats


                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 

 

Current                   $ 3.57/gallon                     $ 88.31/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.60/gallon                     $ 78.83/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 3.75/gallon                     $ 99.43/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.