May 2011
South Shore Clean Cities Newsletter

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May 12
Membership Has Its Benefits
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Partners for Clean Air

SSCC Membership

Has Its Benefits

Recognition for leading environmental stewardship in Northern Indiana


Funding opportunities associated with alternative fuels & vehicles


Information on rules & regulatory changes in vehicle/fuel requirements


Access to training sessions, workshops and conferences


Notification of all sponsored events


Satisfaction that you are actively working to make Northern Indiana sustainable & healthy for future generations


Click here to view our membership structure and application for membership.

It might be the best decision you make this year!




Did you hear about the Partners for Clean Air Breakfast last month?  Have you signed up for our May 12 Tweaks n' Technology?  We have a lot to share with you this month, including information on the advances going on in alternative fuel vehicles and technologies in Northern Indiana.


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May's Tweaks n' Technology


TOPIC:  "SSCC Membership Has Its Benefits"

Find out what it means to be a South Shore Clean Cities member.  Stop by on your way home from work for beverages, networking and information on how we can help your business gain recognition, funding and more.  


WHEN:  Thursday, May 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Purdue Technology Center

Prices at the pump hitting astronomical highs, ever increasing volatility in the oil producing regions and a struggling domestic economy makes this a good time for you to learn about how we can help your business or organization implement and secure funding for programs that will keep our hard earned dollars local.


 For additional information or to RSVP please call

Nan Onest at 219.644.3690 or [email protected].  

We Have A New Website! 


Check out our new website at  We are excited to share with you the latest information on our programs, members, news, events, and more.  Visit our new website to find out what is available to you when you become a member of South Shore Clean Cities.   Our site also features a variety of resources, including links to an alternative fuel station locator, alternative fuel price reports, incentives, laws and more.  Now is the time to find out how South Shore Clean Cities can benefit your business and how your business can Lead the Charge to Change in Northern Indiana.

Lugar Center Renewable Energy Forum on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles


  WHEN:  Monday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)


WHERE: University Place Conference Center and Hotel

              850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN



The forum will feature electric vehicle and transportation experts from industry, government and academia; and will include panel discussions on business and technological trends, and the role of public policy in the emerging field of transportation electrification.  The forum will include both passenger vehicle and heavy hybrid/freight perspectives.  For more information and access to the full agenda, visit  To register now, click here.

Partners for Clean Air Breakfast


As one of the many Partners for Clean Air, we were excited to be a part of their annual Kick-Off Breakfast at the Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond on April 14.  Mayor Tom McDermott welcomed those in attendance and gave them an update on Hammond's latest environmental projects.  Several speakers gave updates on how Northwest Indiana is doing on air quality issues.  Jennifer Kharchaff from Clean Car Check described the role of her business in improving air quality and special guest, Bill Roth, author of "The Secret Green Sauce," spoke about the green movement in business.  South Shore Clean Cities Coordinator, Carl Lisek, gave an award to the Gary SouthShore RailCats for their environmental efforts.  Closing remarks were offered by Port Authority Director, Milan Kruszynski.  Click here to learn more about Partners for Clean Air.

Partners for Clean Air 

NIRPC'S Public Comment Period Started April 28


NIRPC is having a 30 day public comment period related to the approval and adoption of 3 regional transportation planning actions beginning April 28 and ending June 3.  To find out the dates/times and locations for public meetings, the address for submitting written comments, and more Click here.


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ROUSH CleanTech Demonstrates Autogas Vehicles to Propane Industry


ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-series cargo van, F-550 Super Duty truck, and MicroBird G5 school bus, all fueled by propane autogas, were on display at the 2011 National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo.  Read more. . .

Question of the Month:

What notable changes to federal alternative fuel conversion regulations resulted from the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency's (EPA) final rulemaking?



On March 29, 2011, EPA announced the final rulemaking to adopt changes to the regulations in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 85, subpart F.  These regulations apply to manufacturers of alternative fuel conversion systems for light-duty vehicles and heavy-duty highway vehicles and engines.  The Clean Air Act prohibits anyone from altering a vehicle or engine from its certified configuration, and EPA is responsible for ensuring that all vehicles and engines sold in the United States meet federal emissions standards.  This new approach simplifies and streamlines the process by which alternative fuel conversion systems manufacturers may demonstrate compliance with these emissions requirements and gain a regulator exemption from potential tampering charges. 

Click here to read full answer with details. . .

We hope that you are excited about all of the advances in alternative fuel vehicles/technologies in our community.  If you would like to learn more about creating a more sustainable future for our community, please contact us.  Now is the time to find out how South Shore Clean Cities can benefit your business and how your business can Lead the Charge to Change in Northern Indiana.





Carl & Lorrie Lisek,

South Shore Clean Cities

9800 Connecticut Drive

Crown Point, IN  46307


219.644.3690 (phone)

219.644.3682 (fax)

Email:  [email protected]