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September 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


Inequality, Myth, and the American Automobile System

Catherine Lutz, Brown University

Sept. 25, 2012, 4:00-5:30pm

Billings North Lounge, UVM


Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum Meeting

Oct. 16-17, 2012

La Jolla, California

Registration information can be found here


National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey

Oct. 18, 2012, 11:00am-2:00pm

Church Street Marketplace, Burlington

Biennial event dedicated to promoting cleaner choices in transportation.

For more info, or if you would like to display a vehicle, contact Tom McGrath


Sustainable Energy Webinar Series Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board (Dates TBA)

Webinar 2: Ecology, Biodiversity, Soil, Water and Air: How will these be impacted by our choice of fuel?

Webinar 3: Biodiesel's Impact on Food, Feed and Fuel Supplies

Webinar 4: Increasing Feedstock Supplies with Minimal Impact to Markets and Uses


Climate Action Seminar: Responding to the New Normal

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Sponsored by the UVM Clean Energy Fund and the UVM Environmental Program

A weekly seminar featuring guest speakers

Mondays 4:05-5:20 pm in Lafayette 207, UVM

Click here for more info.   


DOE News


DOE Issues "State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2012"

The report details fuel cell and hydrogen activities and policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and includes an analysis of new policies and funding.    


NREL Shows Heavy Duty Hybrid Trucks Deliver on Fuel Economy

A performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor-trailers compared with similar conventional vehicles by the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows significant improvements in fuel economy.    


Energy 101: Algae-to-Fuel

A behind-the-scenes look at the process for converting algae into fuel.  


Vermont News


CCTA Gets $1.9 Million for Burlington-Area Transit Improvements 

The Federal Transit Administration funds will help Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) design the new downtown transit center in Burlington, expand commuter service to Hinesburg, and upgrade bus shelters throughout the system.  


Essex Junction designated due to its sidewalk coverage, Safe Routes To School programming, excellent pedestrian plan, and regional coordination.  


VTrans and the city of Burlington announced plans to launch a waterfront and rail-yard access project designed to create a multi-model network of rail, truck, auto, transit, bike and pedestrian connections to the city's southern waterfront and rail yard.  


National News


Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards 

Groundbreaking standards will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. 


The Future of Electric Cars: Lighter Vehicles, More Miles Per Charge 

Bob Lutz of Chevy Volt fame asserts that plug-ins will replace ICE vehicles by 2050.    


 EPA's action sets the 2013 volume at 1.28 billion gallons under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.   


Nine Reasons to Create a Bicycle-Friendly 

There is compelling evidence for the economic and livability benefits Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts can bring to businesses and neighborhoods. 


US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $59.3 Million for Clean, Energy-Efficient Transit Projects Across the United States
Projects will help transit agencies purchase and support cleaner, greener buses that reduce harmful emissions and improve fuel economy while also delivering a more comfortable, reliable ride for passengers.


Americans Want More Public Transit Options, Not More Highways, Study Finds

Poll shows that most want more transportation options, think their community would benefit from improved public transport, and support local investment in public transit.  


International News


Hydro Quebec and Plug'nDrive Ontario are teaming up to develop a network of electric vehicle charging stations in both provinces.   


Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for 'Smarter Skies'
Global aircraft manufacturer Aurbus releases the latest installment of the Future by Airbus, its vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond.

Dramatic expansion of its bike share system will include thousands of additional bikes hitting the streets this month. 


Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program

The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program was established to address the challenge of increasing vehicle congestion in and around our national parks and other federal lands. America's national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests were created to protect unique environmental and cultural treasures, but are now facing traffic, pollution and crowding that diminishes the visitor experience and threatens the environment. To address these concerns, this program provides funding for alternative transportation systems, such as shuttle buses, rail connections and even bicycle trails. The program seeks to conserve natural, historical, and cultural resources; reduce congestion and pollution; improve visitor mobility and accessibility; enhance visitor experience; and ensure access to all, including persons with disabilities. Applications are due 09/28/12. For more info contact Adam Schildge or click here.


Charge Point Jump Start Program 

ChargePoint is providing no-cost EVSE to support workplace charging. The offer is available to businesses, schools, or governments with a minimum of 50 employees at the locationAccording to ChargePoint, while the charger is free under this offer, hosts/stakeholders pay for installation the $185-$225 annual fee for network software. Applications are due by 10/15/12. For more information contact David Nevarez or click here

Safe Route to School Infrastructure Program

We are pleased to announce that VTrans is now accepting applications for the 2012 VT Safe Routes to School infrastructure program. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that deter students from walking and bicycling to school in Vermont through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.


Eligible projects must be located within approximately 2 miles of a school that includes at least one grade in the range K-8. The school must be signed up as a Partner of the VT Safe Routes to School Resource Center and must have a School Travel Plan that has been updated within the last 3 years. Applications are due 10/26/12. For more info contact Patti Coburn or click here.  

Environmental Education Regional Grants  

Under this solicitation EPA is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings. Under this solicitation EPA expects to award environmental education grants from the 10 EPA Regional offices.


Grantees that receive awards under this solicitation must establish methods to document and report measurable results from grant projects. To ensure that grant proposals are competitive, applicants should carefully read Sections IV and V regarding how to structure a proposal and what criteria will be used to evaluate proposals. EPA receives a large number of grant applications under this program and can fund just a small percentage of those applications received. Applications are due 11/21/12. For more info contact Kristen Conroy or click here.    


Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees

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




                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 


Current                   $ 3.94/gallon                     $ 91.32 /barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.78/gallon                     $ 95.81/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.61/gallon                     $ 82.80/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.