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Welcome to the August 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 monthly newsletters and on our website. Please email our team and let us know how we can better serve you!
In This Issue


Alternative Fuel Station Locator

Park ranger from Golden Gate National Park filling up her Volt

Clean Cities coordinators provide local steakholders with hands-on assistance every day. Clean Cities, however, goes far beyond individual coalitions, which are supported by a national program housed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

From safeguarding nuclear materials to developing efficient products, DOE uses transformative science and technical solutions to increase America's energy, environmental, and economic security. Through its 17 national laboratories, DOE largely focuses on research and development, ranging from better understanding the building blocks of energy to improving photovoltaic solar cells.

The Clean Cities Program is part of the Vehicle Technologies Office, which is in turn part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports research on a variety of technologies, including plug-in electric vehicles, advanced combustion engines, lightweight materials, and alternative fuels.

Clean Cities provides the bridge for technologies to move from pre-commercial testing onto the road. The national program provides objective, data-driven information to help fleets and consumers choose the petroleum reduction technologies that best meet their needs. The Alternative Fuels Data Center and offer nearly 200 case studies, more than 20,000 alternative fuel station locations (Featured to the right), more than 1,000 laws and incentives, information on more than 36,000 vehicles, and 14 other interactive tools. Through its Tiger Teams, the national program also offers technical assistance to help stakeholders overcome obstacles to using alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Some of these stakeholders include the 29 national parks participating in the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative and 26 large private fleets in the National Clean Fleets Partnership

Lastly, the national Clean Cities program supports local coalitions like South Shore Clean Cities through specialty training, networking opportunities, mentoring programs and much more. Our coalitions make Clean Cities a unique program in the federal government, which bring together local and national expertise in powerful and innovative ways. 


For questions regarding Clean Cities and the U.S. Department of Energy, 

you may contact one of the staff at the Clean Cities Contacts page

Green Fleet Educational Session - August 19, 2015
South Shore Clean Cities, in conjunction with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) invite you to attend our free Green Fleet Educational Session on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 9:00am - 2:30pm CST at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

South Shore Clean Cities is pleased to announce Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson with the City of Gary will give the welcoming remarks. At this event, you will learn ways to improve your fleet's carbon footprint and reduce emissions. Participate in education forums led by industry experts, fleet managers, school bus and government agencies. You will also have the opportunity to ride & drive various propane vehicles including law enforcement, public works, school bus and transit vehicles, and propane lawnmowers and equipment.

Click Here to register or contact Catherine Yoder for more information 219-644-3690.

Save the Date: for the September 16 Green Fleet Session on hybrid and electric vehicles. Click Here to register.
SSCC 3rd Annual Clean Air Golf Outing - September 24, 2015

Join South Shore Clean Cities for a day of golf, followed by dinner as we celebrate our 3rd Annual Clean Air Golf Outing. Enjoy the opportunity to network with professionals around Northern Indiana while testing out your skills on the course. All proceeds to this event will help fund paid internships and experiential learning for college students.


When: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Where: Valparaiso Country Club

2501 Country Club Rd.

Valparaiso, IN 46383
Time: 12 pm Shot Gun Start

Price: $100 Per Golfer

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Contact Catherine Yoder for sponsorship opportunities
219-644-3690 or [email protected]

President Obama Signs Alternative Fuel Tax Fix into Law

President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive highway funding bill, H.R.3236, whose many provisions include a measure meant to ensure that liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane autogas are taxed fairly relative to diesel and gasoline, respectively. The law is especially considered a major victory for the natural gas vehicle industry, which has long pushed for a so-called "LNG fix".

The alt-fuel measure was originally included in a highway bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 15. However, following disputes between the House and US. Senate over several issues, the House passed H.R.3236 on Wednesday in order to provide a three-month extension of federal dollars for the national highway program - just days before a funding deadline.

Click Here to read more about the article provided by NGT News

Senator Donnelly Expresses Concerns about Proposed Biodiesel Volumes, Urges EPA to Make Revisions in Final Rule
Picture taken courtesy of Facebook

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy with a bipartisan group of senators outlining their concerns that the proposed biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 fail to adequately recognize the domestic biodiesel industry's production capacity.

Donnelly and 35 other U.S. Senators wrote in the letter to Administrator McCarthy,

"We remain concerned that the proposed biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 fail to adequately recognize the domestic biodiesel industry's production capacity and its ability to increase production...While the proposal put forward by EPA is an improvement over the November 2013 proposal, it would only grow biodiesel volumes to 1.9 billion gallons by 2017, which is just slightly more than the industry's actual production of more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2013. We believe the domestic biodiesel industry is fully capable of additional growth and urge the EPA to revise the volumes in the final rule."

Click Here to read more about the press release.

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:

August 7 - Glenn Linhart, Best Equipment Co.
August 21 - John Johnson, Stoops Freightliner
Alternative Fuel News


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August Events

 Green Commuter Radio Show

August 7, 2015

Guest: Best Equipment Co.

1:05 pm CST

Listen Live

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

August 8, 2015

Portage High School, 6450 E. Route 6

More Information

NIRPC Trans. Policy Committee Meeting
August 11, 2015
9:00 AM
6100 Southport Road,
Portage, IN 46368

Telephone: (219) 763-6060


 Household Hazardous Waste Collection
August 15, 2015
Hebron Middle School, 307
South Main St., Hebron, IN


Waste Conversion Tech. Conference
August 17 - 19, 2015
Hyatt Regency Mossion Bay Spa & Marina, San Diego, CA

Green Fleet Education Session:

Propane Vehicles
August 19, 2015
Gary/Chicago International Airport
Gary, IN 46406
9:00am - 2:30pm

Denver Green Transportation Summit 

August 19-20, 2015
 Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport
More Information


Green Commuter Radio Show 

August 21, 2015
Guest: Stoops Freightliner 

1:05 pm CST 

Listen Live

Fleet Technology Expo

August 24 - 26, 2015
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
More Information
WasteCon: Featuring Best in Solid Waste
August 25 - 27, 2015
 Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL

Chicago Area Clean Cities Golf Outing 

September 10, 2015

Maple Meadows Golf Course
Wood Dale, IL 60191

National Drive Electric Week
September 12 - 20, 2015
Green Fleet Education Session:
Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
September 16, 2015
9:00am - 11:30pm
SSCC Clean Air Golf Outing
September 24, 2015
Valparaiso Country Club
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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