Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

April 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


Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing

April 23, 2013

UVM Professor Luis Vivanco discusses his new book

4:00 pm  

John Dewey Lounge, UVM


Way to Go! Week

May 13-17, 2013

Sign up now for this popular statewide commuter challenge 

More info here


Sustainable Transportation Planning

May 20-June 14, 2013

UVM Summer Course 

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


National Summer Transportation Institute

July 28-August 10, 2013 

Two-week residential program for high school students at UVM

Application due May 1, 2013

More info here 

Clean Cities TRS Question of the Month 
DOE News


Energy Department Announces Apps for Vehicles Challenge Winners 

The products are now available for download, providing consumers with unique solutions that improve vehicle safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency.    


National Parks Move Transportation 

Forward in America's Great Outdoors 

Working in partnership with the DOE's Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, National Parks across the country are using alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to reduce air pollution and lower fuel costs. 


Energy Department Accelerates the Deployment of Advanced Vehicle Technologies with Private Industry Partnerships 

Three new corporate partners-Waste Management, AMP Americas, and Kwik Trip-are joining the National Clean Fleets Partnership, a broad public-private partnership that assists the nation's largest fleet operators in reducing the amount of gasoline and diesel they use nationwide.


Energy Department Announces New Innovative Projects to Develop Advanced Drop-in Biofuels for Military Jets and Ships 

The pilot-scale biorefinery projects will use a variety of non-food biomass feedstocks, waste-based materials, and algae in innovative conversion processes. 


Vermont News


Innovative Research on Display at the 

TRC Research Expo   

Michael Lewis, AASHTO President and Keynote Speaker, placed a large emphasis on research as a key component for solving our issues in transportation.  


Gov. Shumlin, Drive Electric Vermont Celebrate Electric Vehicles 

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that the State Fleet program will launch a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to further Vermont's goals to reduce reliance on gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


Bennington Select Board Continues Support of Restoration of Passenger Rail

Rail advocates have been seeking a return of passenger service through North Bennington and Manchester north to Rutland for years. 

National News


New Report Outlines Steps Needed to Reduce Petroleum Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Goals can be reached with much higher fuel efficiency and either a dramatic expansion of the use of biofuels or a large-scale shift towards natural gas or electricity via batteries or fuel cells. 


President Obama Calls for Big Boost in Electric Vehicle Research Funding

The President wants to hike the Energy Department's vehicle research budget by 75 percent to and create a $2 billion trust fund to fund more research into getting the country off foreign oil over the next 10 years. 


Alternative Fuels Continue Their Surge

 in the Transportation Mix 

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) annual alternative fuel vehicle data set for 2011 shows that the number of alt-fuel vehicles on the road increased 27%.


Volvo, Shell to Launch Liquefied Natural Gas Trucks

Work has started with the first stage focused on selected markets including central Europe and the US. 


Report: 109 Million Gallons of US Biodiesel Produced in March

Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated advanced biofuel that is produced on a commercial scale across the US.


Thousands Sign Up for New York City 

Bike Share in First Hours of Registration

The memberships allow riders to use any bike for up to 45 minutes with no additional charge.


International News

British Columbia Extends Offer of Clean Energy Vehicle Subsidy
Province offers a $5000 rebate on battery electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell or compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.

The bicycle network is currently saving the Danish state an estimated €40 million per year in health costs.  

The goal is to reduce he share of crude oil in Israels transportation sector by 30 percent by 2020 and by 60% by 2025. 


Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

The mission of the Vehicle Technology Program (VTP) is to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for highway transportation vehicles (cars and trucks) that will meet or exceed performance expectations and environmental requirements, and enable America to use significantly less petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The VTP focuses on highway vehicles, which account for 55 percent of total U.S. oil use ─ more than all U.S. domestic oil production. Cost-competitive, more energy-efficient and fuel diverse vehicles will enable individuals and businesses to accomplish their daily tasks while reducing consumption of gasoline and diesel fuels. This will reduce U.S. demand for petroleum, lower carbon emissions, and decrease energy expenditures. The VTP funds the advanced technology Research & Development (R&D) needed to achieve these goals. In the near to mid-term, transportation energy use can be reduced through improved vehicle energy efficiency from more efficient advanced combustion engines, Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Electric Vehicle (EV) powertrains, and through reduced vehicle weight and ancillary load requirements. As reflected in the FOA document, this FOA contains a total of 12 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced lightweighting and propulsion materials; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants. For more info contact EERE Exchange Support 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                   $ 3.55/gallon                     $ 88.72/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.76/gallon                     $ 95.23/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.97/gallon                     $ 104.44/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.