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Welcome to the May edition of the South Shore Clean Cities newsletter. We provide you with upcoming transportation news in your area along with tips and ways to improve your fleets and communities. We appreciate your input so feel free to leave us feedback on how we're doing! Help us spread the word to better improve Northern Indiana's quality of life and reduce our environmental footprint. Be sure to follow all of our social media pages (to the right) so you can be up-to-date with our events and the latest topics in the alternative fuel and green industry!

Members are also encouraged to share their recent accomplishments, upcoming events or other current news in our newsletter or on our website. Please email our team and let us know how we can better serve you!
In This Issue
 
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Diamond Member

Parking lot paint is one of the 15 different soy bio-based products used at schools to reduce their environmental footprint.

Soy-backed SYNLawn turf allows children to play and parents to feel at ease about supporting the use of U.S. grown soybeans.

Schools, government buildings, fleets and parks now have smaller environmental footprints by using bio-based products made from soybeans like those grown in Indiana. South Shore Clean Cities is working with the United Soybean Board (USB) to introduce these products, ranging from soy-backed carpet and turf to insulation and parking lot paint, to Indiana where they benefit the environment and create jobs as they reduce dependence on foreign oil. 

New Jersey's Medford-Township Public School is an example of success with biodiesel that led to their use of more than 15 different bio-based products. Medford now uses soy bio-based spray lubricants, drain and septic treatment, mold and mildew remover, carpet shampoo, white board restorer, all-purpose cleaner, motor oil, and truck/bus wash as well as biodiesel, soy-backed carpet and traffic paint. 

 
U.S. soybean farmers have invested millions of dollars to research, test and promote biobased products. Much of this work was done through the United Soybean Board, which is composed of 70 U.S. soybean farmers appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to invest soybean checkoff funds.  

  

Go to www.soybiobased.org to learn about Medford and many others who are using 

soy-biobased products. Contact Karen Coble Edwards at [email protected]
or 703-281-7600 to try soy bio-based products.

Green Fleet Educational Sessions
South Shore Clean Cities, in conjunction with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will be hosting a series of Educational Sessions through the NWI Green Fleet Program to increase awareness and provide updates on alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies in Northern Indiana. The goal of the program is to significantly improve the environmental performance of business and government vehicle fleets across the region (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte).

The second session will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Purdue Technology Center and will feature natural gas applications. You will have the opportunity to network with natural gas professionals, hear from other fleets about their experience with natural gas, learn how to improve your fleets environmental footprint, explore a variety of natural gas vehicles on display, and more. 
Click Here to register for the natural gas session.
SOLARIZE NWI Community Workshops

Click the logo above for details about the SOLARIZE NWI program.

From now until July 10th, Northwestern Indiana homeowners and businesses can sign up to install rooftop solar power which is more affordable and easier than ever before through the SOLARIZE NWI program. 

 
Cut your Electricity Bill with Green Energy!


Upcoming Solarize Community Workshops:
DYER - May 9, 2015, 9:00-11:00 AM CT
GARY - May 14, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30 PM CT
HOBART - May 18, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 PM CT
VALPARAISO - May 21, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM CT
CADER Grant Opportunity for Rockport and Spencer County, IN
South Shore Clean Cities announced an upcoming competitive grant award program aimed at improving air quality in the Rockport/Spencer County area in Indiana. The Rockport Spencer County-Cleaner Air Through Diesel Emission Reductions (RSC-CADER) grant program seeks to award funds totaling $440,000 to support qualified projects submitted by Spencer County municipalities, schools, not-for-profit hospitals and other public focused organizations.
 
South Shore Clean Cities will administer this Cleaner Air through Diesel Emission Reductions grant program utilizing a two-phase approach to maximize the quality of proposal submissions and the resulting air quality benefits. Phase l will begin at 1 p.m., Monday, May 18  with an informational pre-proposal meeeting at the Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation, 2792 N US Hwy 231, Rockport, IN 47635. All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Click Here to view full article.
DERA Request for Proposals opened on April 30

On Thursday, April 30, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened the FY 2015 DERA request for proposals for $13.5 Million in funding nationally, with $1.89 million allotted to Region 5. EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions.
 

Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through www.grants.gov no later than Monday, June 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm (ET) in order to be considered for funding. View our Member Center for more information on this grant and other grants available.

Wisconsin Clean Cities Inaugural Clean Air Golf Outing

Wisconsin Clean Cities will be hosting their inaugural clean air golf outing on Tuesday, June 23 at Morningstar Golf Club in Waukesha, WI. The funds raised through the event will help Wisconsin Clean Cities create a brighter future for Wisconsin by helping municipal and industry leaders incorporate green technology and alternative fuel in their everyday operations. Sponsorship opportunities available. 
 Register Now
 

Green Commuter Radio Show
The Green Commuter focuses on a variety of green topics and bring you the latest information on green technology and transportation in Northern Indiana. Carl, the host of the show, discusses topics with industry and governmental leaders, provides news and information about environmental events, as well as green products and processes.

Be sure to tune in at 
12:05 CDT for our upcoming segment:
May 20 - Mayor Peter Buttigieg - City of South Bend
June 3 - Rick Eberly, Town Manager - Town of Dyer
Alternative Fuel News


 
Sincerely,

South Shore Clean Cities Team
9800 Connecticut Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
(219)-644-3690 

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May Events

Hazardous Waste Collection 

May 09, 2015

Porter County Expo Center

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SOLARIZE DYER
Community Workshop

May 9, 2015

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SOLARIZE GARY
Community Workshop
May 14, 2015
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SOLARIZE HOBART
Community Workshop

May 18, 2015
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Green Commuter Radio Show 

May 20, 2015
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Green Fleet Educational Session
Natural Gas
May 20, 2015
Purdue Technology Center
Crown Point, IN 46307
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SOLARIZE VALPARAISO
Community Workshop
May 21, 2015
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WI Partners for Clean Air Extravaganza
May 21, 2015
Milwaukee, WI
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Chicago Area Clean Cities 
Green DRIVE$ Event
May 28, 2015
Dupage County Fairgrounds
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Waste Expo
June 1 - 4, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
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WCC Inaugural Clean Air Golf Outing

June 23, 2015

Waukesha, WI

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SSCC Clean Air Golf Outing
September 24, 2015
Valparaiso, IN
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