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Welcome to the June 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

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a regional council of governments serving Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. Each of 41 cities, towns and 2 large townships appoint an elected official to the Commission. County Councils, Commissioners, County Surveyors, and the Governor also each appoint one elected official. NIRPC provides structure for the communities of Northwest Indiana to cooperatively address regional issues relating to transportation, environment, and economic development.

A primary role of NIRPC is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). MPOs are required for urbanized areas to access federal transportation dollars collected through national gas taxes. NIRPC keeps regional transportation processes and documents current as a prerequisite for local communities to receive transportation funding.

 
An important MPO function is keeping a lid on air pollution generated by our transportation system. Many of the cost-effective ways to reduce air pollution from vehicles aligns with SSCC goals of reducing fuel consumption, cleaner fuel and vehicles. This relationship has led to many air quality successes. 

The two groups conduct complementary educational campaigns and programs to encourage voluntary actions and technologies that reduce air pollution. NIRPC passes dollars through to SSCC to educate their extensive network of associates engaged in vehicles fleet operation and fueling through the NWI Green Fleets Program. NIRPC can then focus our efforts on the general public, leveraging the resources of both organizations while eliminating duplication of efforts. Visit www.NIRPC.org to learn more about the projects they are currently working on and read more below to learn more about the Green Fleet Program.

South Shore Clean Cities Celebrates 16 Years
Designated as the 71st Clean Cities Coalition on June 15, 1999, South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. (SSCC) was founded on the principle that motivated individuals working together for common goals best accomplish our nation's objectives. As a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization and one of nearly 100 active U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalitions, South Shore Clean Cities is proud to be a designated Clean Cities Coalition. 

Over the years, South Shore Clean Cities has worked with governmental leaders, businesses, municipalities, private/public partnerships and individuals among many others. We are honored to work with all our partners toward our mission to preserve and revitalize Northern Indiana and the U.S. through the use of clean fuels and clean vehicles technologies. 

The South Shore Clean Cities Team would like to send a huge THANK YOU! for your continued support as we look towards a cleaner future for generations to come!
Green Fleet Educational Session - June 17, 2015
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 next session will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Purdue Technology Center and will feature idle reduction technologies for your fleets. Connect with vendors offering equipment, conversion systems and technologies to help reduce your fleets environmental footprint.
Click Here to register for the idle reduction technology session.
SSCC Stakeholder Meetings (Open to the Public) 
South Shore Clean Cities will be hosting a series of stakeholder committee meetings which will focus on the following:
  • Market & Member Development Committee
  • Technology & Education Committee
  • Regulatory Affairs & Legislative Committee
Dates for these meetings will be announced later this month. If you are interested in becoming involved with these stakeholder meetings, please contact Catherine Yoder at 219-644-3690 or cyoder@southshorecleancities.org.
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
 

SOLARIZE NWI 

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

If you are interested in exploring the benefits of solar energy for your home or business, NOW is the time to act. From now until July 10th, Northwestern Indiana homeowners and businesses can sign up to install rooftop solar power in a more affordable and easier way than ever before by enrolling in the SOLARIZE NWI* program. 

In addition, if you are considering a solar installation with a capacity within the  5-10K kW range, NIPSCO's Feed-In-Tariff program may also be of interest to you. While the application deadline for larger capacity systems (>10 kW solar) has passed, NIPSCO will continue accepting applications for these smaller capacity solar systems on a first come first served basis until the total Micro-Solar Program Capacity limit is reached. 

 

While anyone in Lake, Porter and La Porte counties is eligible to apply for the Solarize NWI, four communities were chosen to join us in promoting SOLARIZE programs:


Cut your Electricity Bill with Green Energy!

*South Shore Clean Cities is a partner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) in developing and promoting the SOLARIZE Programs across Lake, Porte and LaPorte Counties. Midwest Wind and Solar serves as our installation partner.  
Rockport/Spencer County CADER Grant Opportunity

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 was chosen to implement a settlement agreement between American Electric Power (AEP) and a Citizens Oversight Committee. That agreement includes the Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Click Here for details.

Green Commuter Radio Show
The Green Commuter focuses on a variety of green topics and brings you the latest information on green technology and transportation in Northern Indiana. Carl Lisek, 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 FRIDAYS at 
1:00 pm CDT for our upcoming segment:

June 5 - Rick Eberly, Town Administrator for the Town of Dyer
June 19 - Congressman Pete Visclosky, 1st District of IN
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Sincerely,

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

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A Fuel Retailers Lunch and Learn: BioFuels Opportunities and Options
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Green Fleet Educational Session: Emission Reduction Technologies
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Crown Point, IN 46307
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