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South Shore Clean Cities Newsletter
July 2011
Summer is here!  Gas prices are up!  Now is the time to find ways to Lead the Charge for Change.  Start by reading this month's South Shore Clean Cities newsletter.  We have some exciting news to report on the accomplishments of our members, current incentives and bills supporting the use of alternative fuels and/or technologies, and more. 
Our Members Reduce Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2010
petroleum imagaeIn 2010, our members successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions across Northern Indiana by over 3,200 tons.  This is the equivalent of a reduction in gasoline of 441,928 gallons.  The most significant factors in these reductions included idle reduction technologies and programs, alternative fuel vehicles and fuel economy improvements.  We are very proud of our 18 county service area for helping us to Lead the Charge for Change. 
What's Your Motivation?!? 

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What's your motivation to look into alternative fuels and/or technologies?  The answer is simple:  your $bottom$ line!  Click here to browse and search a database of federal and state laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics. 


Now is the time to find out how you can help South Shore Clean Cities Lead the Charge for Change!  For even more information and resources on alternative fuels, visit our website by clicking here

Propane Gas Act of 2011


What is Propane?  Propane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a popular alternative fuel choice for vehicles because there is already an infrastructure of pipelines, processing facilities, and storage for its efficient distribution. Besides being readily available to the general public, LPG produces fewer vehicle emissions than gasoline. Propane is produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining.


What is the 2011 Propane Gas Act?  President Obama recently delivered a memorandum that ordered that by December 31, 2015, all newly leased or purchased light-duty federal agency vehicles must be powered by alternative fuels.  Fueled by this memorandum, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would encourage the use of propane autogas in commercial fleet vehicles.  It includes a 50-cent-per-gallon credit for propane sold for use in motor vehicles, a tax credit to consumers who purchase propane vehicles, and a tax credit amounting to 30 percent of the cost of a fueling station not to exceed $30,000 per station.


To learn more, click here. 

Buying Local is GREEN
inbuylocalSupporting Indiana businesses is good for the environment because it cuts down on fuel consumption. Buying locally produced goods reduces the need to ship goods from thousands of miles away and also cuts down on the distances shoppers travel. 
Click here to find ways to BUY LOCAL in your town or city.
Click here to learn more about BUYING LOCAL in Indiana. 


The Business Side of Green

In May, a new web-based show, ReNewable Now, debuted.  ReNewable Now is an eco-conscious series dedicated to the "business side of green."  It brings together government officials, business leaders, community groups, inventors, activists and others to enlighten us on ways your company can introduce green technologies, programs and practices for conducting activities in an environmentally and economically responsible manner.  The show can be viewed at ReNewableNOW.TV.  Every week, a new episode will premier live and then be made available "on demand" the next day.  Watch and find even more ways to Lead the Charge for Change in Northern Indiana.

Impact of Diesel Reduction on Northern IN

The potential impact of diesel reduction in our community would be tremendous!  Freight hauling accounts for 20% of energy consumed in the transportation sector.  Over 80% of freight transportation in the United States is made up of trucks and trains that consume over 35 billion gallons of diesel fuel every year.  This damages our air quality, increases our dependence on foreign oil and costs our country almost $370 billion annually.  There are two important ways to decrease diesel emissions: 
1.  Idle Reduction
2.  Increase use of biodiesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) 
South Shore Clean Cities is diligently working to promote these diesel emission reduction strategies to our coalition members, partners and Northern Indiana.  For more information, contact us at 219.644.3690 or visit us at
As you have read, this is an exciting time to Lead the Charge for Change in Northern Indiana.  We'd like to hear from you to find out how South Shore Clean Cities can help you move toward more clean transportation and sustainable business practices. There has never been a better time to learn how alternative fuels and/or technologies can benefit you, your business and our community.


Carl Lisek
South Shore Clean Cities
In This Issue
Coalition Members Displace Tons of Petroleum
Benefits of Clean Transportation for Our Region
Buying Local is Green
ReNewableNow TV: Business Side of Green
Impact of Diesel Reduction
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Calls to Action:
July 20-21
Indiana Renewable Energy Conference
at Indianapolis Convention Center - click here to learn more and/or to register.


August 4
Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles -Lake Michigan Consortium -


September 20
Propane Roadshow 
at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond
  (More Information Soon!)


Your Story

Are you making clean transportation choices? 

South Shore Clean Cities would like to hear from YOU.  One story will be chosen per month to be featured in our e-newsletter, website and/or facebook page.  For more information or to submit your story, contact Nan Onest at 219.644.3690.



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