Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

March 2013

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Welcome to the VTCCC Newsletter:

Your clearing house for news, programs, and funding information related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont.


Upcoming Events


TRC Transportation Research Expo

March 27, 2013

8:30am-3:30 pm  

Billings Library, UVM  

Secure bike parking available

Keynote speaker: Michael Lewis, AASHTO president 

Full agenda here 


Burlington Walk/Bike Council Annual Meeting

March 28, 2013

5:15-8:00 pm 

Lake and College Building 

60 Lake Street, Burlington 

More info here


Low Carbon Transportation Fuels, Climate Change and Energy Security

Jonathan Rubin, UMaine

April 5, 2013

3:00-4:30 pm

Billings North Lounge, UVM 

Reception immediately following

More info here 


TEP Energy Independence Summit

April 7-10, 2013

Washington, DC

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Policy Summit

More info here 


Way to Go! Week

May 13-17, 2013

Sign up now for this popular statewide commuter challenge

More info here 


Sustainable Transportation Planning

UVM Summer Course

May 20-June 14, 2013

Instructor: Richard Watts

More info here 


ACT Expo

June 24-27, 2013

Washington, DC

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Clean Cities!

Discount rates for VTCCC stakeholders

Contact Tom McGrath for more details


Clean Cities TRS Questions of the Month 
DOE News


Clean Cities 2013 Vehicle Buyer's Guide Is  2013 buyers guide

Now Available

The guide contains model-specific information on engine size, price, fuel economy, and emissions for alt fuel and hybrid vehicles.   


DOE Study Examines Potential to Reduce Transportation Petroleum Use and Carbon Emissions 

United States has the potential to reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector by more than 80% by 2050. 


National Clean Fleets Partners Get the Best of Both Worlds with Hybrid Vehicles 

A number of other companies are taking independent steps to increase the use of hybrids and other alternative fuels in their fleets.


Vermont News


VTCCC Clean Fleet Solutions Recap   

Representatives from UPS, VT Gas, and Bourne's Energy spoke about their fuel-reduction strategies. 


Launch of Go! Chittenden County Commuting Resources   

Go! Chittenden County is a one-stop resource for information about transit, carpooling, vanpooling, car-sharing, bicycling, and walking. 


Amtrak Vermonter Sees Reduction in Travel

Time Due to Improvements  

Track speeds along the route have increased to a maximum 59 mph north of White River Junction and to a maximum 79 mph south of that location.

The reports examine the impacts of increased consumer adoption of electric vehicles.


National News


Green Truck Summit Presentations

Available On-line

Topics cover trends and fleet implementation of alt fuels and advanced technologies. 


State House Approves Alternative Fuels Incentives in Mississippi

Mississippians can get a tax break for driving an alternative energy car or for constructing an alternative energy fueling station if legislation becomes law.  


AAA Launches Roadside Charging Service for 

Electric Vehicles in Washington 

The roadside service company launched its first mobile charging truck in the state, as an alternative to towing electric vehicles to a charging station.


NASA Begins Flight Research Campaign Using Alternate Jet Fuel

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency's DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. 


Shell to Push Natural Gas for Trains, Vehicles

Royal Dutch Shell will announce plans Tuesday for two new plants it says will double the nation's supply of liquefied natural gas.


Analysis: On the Road, Propane Stakes Claim as Cheap, Clean Fuel

Home satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp has signed a deal to run 200 of its trucks on propane, in the latest indication that the fuel could soon rival natural gas as the United States' cheap transport alternative.


International News

Project Aims to Produce Biodiesel from Cooking Oil in World Cup Host Cities
The Bioplanet project, which is part of the Brazil Promotion Plan for the World Cup, anticipates the production of 25 million liters of biodiesel until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

City hall bosses in Malaga are the first in the province to introduce 20 municipal vehicles that are 100 percent electric.  


Transit officials will spend more than a year monitoring how the buses run given the city's climate.


Shorepower Truck Electrification Project

Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) and Shorepower Technologies have joined forces to install electrified truck parking at 50 locations nationally and make over $10 million in product purchase rebates available to truck owners who will agree to use electrified parking as an alternative to main engine idling during mandated rest periods. This project will install approximately 1,250 parking spaces with plug-in power capability and provide equipment purchase incentives (≈20%) to about 5,000 vehicle owners. Eligible SmartWay Verified Technology equipment categories include Auxiliary Power Units, Battery Air Conditioning Systems and Evaporative Coolers. Rebate recipients must agree to use available STEP parking at the 50 truck locations, when available, during the three year project period (until June, 2014).Applications are due 3/31/13. For more info contact David Orton or click here.    


Local Motion Summer Internships

Local Motion has six internships available to students this summer. The positions all include extensive project management and development components. They range from advocacy and education, to working with youth, to working on our recycled products initiative, Bike Recycle Designs. The positions are:   


- VT Bike Challenge and Local Motion Outreach Team  

- Complete Streets Project Intern  

- Bike Recycle Vermont Summer Program Coordinator Intern  

- Bike Recycle Designs Intern

- "Bike for Life" Intern

- Bike Ferry Intern


Local Motion provides a structured, supported internship experience. Interns are fully integrated into the Local Motion staff, have regular meetings with their supervisor, and attend staff meetings and employee gatherings. It's a fun place to spend your summer! For more info contact Charlene Wallace or click here.    

Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies, is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2013/2014 academic year. This program, sponsored by the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. Under the program, up to 10 awards of $10,000 each will be made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public-sector airport-related aviation issues during the upcoming academic year. Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited North American institution of higher learning during the 2013/2014 academic year. Candidates in Master's and Doctoral programs will be evaluated separately. Successful papers will be presented at the January 2015, TRB Annual Meeting; and exceptional papers could be published in a subsequent TRB Transportation Research Record. Applications are due 5/30/13. For more info contact Larry Goldstein or click here.    

FREE 8-Hour First Responder Safety Online Training for Electric Drive Vehicles

Not all firefighters are able to participate in classroom-based training due to location, cost, and time constraints. Because of this, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is exited to announce a limited number of firefighter scholarships to obtain FREE online Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training. The NAFTC's award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including:  

- Hybrid Electric Vehicles  

- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles  

- Battery Electric Vehicles  

- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles


Participants in the self-paced, eight-hour Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure advanced electric drive vehicles. Participants will also complete online modules for personal protective equipment and gear, crash and fire, and extrication. For more information click here.  

Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Public Transit Section is offering grants to municipalities to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go Vermont Program ( VTrans will provide a $500 grant to participating municipal energy committees. Go Vermont is a web-based clearinghouse for all transportation modes in Vermont, featuring an automated carpool, vanpool and public transit matching service, a vanpool program, information for State Park and Ride locations, and a link to "511" traffic conditions. The project objectives are as follows:

  • Broaden Go Vermont outreach efforts
  • Build relationships with local committees and advocates
  • Identify local and regional transportation priorities and activities
  • Increase traffic to the Go Vermont website and tools (
  • Focus regional and local initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • The ultimate goal of this program is to increase program awareness, carpool registrations, numbers of van-pools and general activity on the Go Vermont website.

For more information contact Ross MacDonald or click here




                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 


Current                   $ 3.75/gallon                     $ 95.23/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.85/gallon                     $ 92.53/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.85/gallon                     $ 107.16/barrel

Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Best Regards,

Tom McGrath
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy.