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Welcome to the September 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 (located on 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 Catherine in our office with any information you would like included. Let us know how we can better serve you and your team!
In This Issue

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 
Diamond Member

With over 2 million members and supporters nationwide and more than 20,000 in Indiana, the primary mission of the Sierra Club is to "explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment". Consistent with this mission the Sierra Club and South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) share common objectives and have partnered in several programs to benefit the people of Lake County Indiana and all of Indiana.

As a result of a legal settlement between environmental organizations and British Petroleum (BP) over the expansion of the Whiting refinery, South Shore Clean Cities was enlisted to administer a $500,000 program to reduce diesel emissions in the wider Lake County are. This collaboration has resulted in grants to cities and towns, hospitals, law enforcement, schools and many others to install diesel emission projects ranging from school buses to hospital emergency vehicles.

In another collaborative program in Southern Indiana resulting from a settlement with American Electric Power over the Rockport coal plant, the Sierra Club and SSCC have partnered to provide $500,000 in similar projects to reduce diesel emissions around the Rockport plant in Spencer County.

The Sierra Club is also active promoting the use of electric vehicles, more mass transit options, and the transition of Indiana's energy system from coal-fired power to cleaner renewable energy. The NIPSCO Feed-in Tariff Program is underway to pay businesses and residential customers to product their own power from solar panels and provide that power to other customers within the area. This program is now open for applications.


For more information or with questions regarding these programs,
please contact Steve Francis at [email protected]
Green Fleet Educational Session - September 16, 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 Hybrid & Electric vehicles on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 9:00 - 12:00pm CST at the Hammond Port Authority.

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. 
 

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

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  Lakeshore Radio  

Important Reminder - RSVP Today! 
Chicago's "Drive Clean Taxi Voucher Fund" -
A Webinar on Attractive Incentives for Alternative Fuel Taxis and Liveries

Join us for a webinar on September 9, 2015 at 11:00 am CDT. 

Taxicab, livery and other public passenger vehicle owners, manufacturers, and vendors are invited to participate!

This helpful webinar will provide important information on how to participate in the Drive Clean Taxi Program. Presenters will provide an overview on program goals and objectives, eligible technologies and incentive amounts, steps on how to submit and redeem a voucher, and additional information on the incentives available through BACP's WAV Taxicab Fund.

Click Here to learn more about the Drive Clean Chicago Program.
Indiana Offering Grants for Propane Autogas School Buses

The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) Announced August 19th at the South Shore Clean Cities Green Fleet event that Indiana Public School Corporations that own their own buses can begin applying for a share of $300,000 through the OED's 2015 Indiana Propane School Bus grant program.

This is the OED's first grant round specifically dedicated to propane autogas school buses. According to the agency, schools can benefit from propane buses in a variety of ways, including decreasing children's exposure to harmful emissions, lowering maintenance costs through the use of a cleaner-burning fuel and increasing fuel diversity.

We're excited to open applications for this propane school bus grant program," says OED Director Tristan Vance. "Projects such as these can reduce costs, improve fueling options and utilize domestic energy resources."

Click Here to view the full NGT News article and program guidelines.

South Shore Clean Cities will work with its members to apply for these Grant's on behalf of the State! Please contact South Shore Clean Cities for additional information 219-644-3690.

Are you Looking for Funding Opportunities??

Interested in some FREE money? Look no further than your friends here at South Shore Clean Cities. We are here to meet the needs of our partners. If you're looking for vehicles, infrastructure, lighting, or just need improvements? If so, give us a call today! 219-644-3690.

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:

September 11 - John Minear, Lake County Solid Waste Mgmt. District
September 25 - Ty Warner, NIRPC
Alternative Fuel News

Sincerely,

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

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September Events
Chicago Area Clean Cities Golf Outing
September 10, 2015
Maple Meadows Golf Course
Wood Dale, IL 60191
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Green Commuter Radio Show
September 11, 2015
Guest: Lake County Solid Waste Dept.
1:05 pm CST
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National Drive Electric Week
September 12 - 20, 2015
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Curbside Recycling Expo
September 14 - 16, 2015
Marriot Chicago O'Hare, Chicago, IL
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 Green Fleet Educational Session:
Hybrid & Electric Vehicles
September 16, 2015 
Hammond Port Authority
Hammond, IN 46323
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 SSCC Clean Air Golf Outing
September 24, 2015
Valparaiso Country Club 
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Green Commuter Radio Show 
September 25, 2015
Guest: NIRPC 
1:05 pm CST 
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 Cummins REDefining Tour

October 6, 2015
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
10:00am - 3:00pm ET
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