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May 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


 UVM TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

Select Fridays, 2013

12:00-1:00 pm  

Farrell Hall, UVM

More info here 


 National and Vermont Bike Challenge 

May 1-September 30, 2013

Join a team and compete!

Great prizes every month 

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


 Biomass to Biofuels  

Begins August 26, 2013

4 credit course at UVM

Includes field trips and hands-on experience 

More info here


Clean Cities TRS Question of the Month 
DOE News


Energy Department Launches Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Hydrogen Infrastructure 

The new partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.    


Clean Cities Coalitions Charge Up 

Plug-In Electric Vehicles 

The Energy Department supported projects to evaluate thousands of PEVs and their supporting residential, commercial and public chargers. 


Energy Department Selects Industry Consortium to Accelerate Development of Next Generation Battery Technologies for Automobiles 

The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium will solicit, fund, and manage cooperative research and development projects to improve next-generation advanced energy storage technologies for vehicles.


Vermont News


Governor Announces Program to Reduce Travel and Parking Demands for State Workers

Pilot project will encourage the use of public transportation, van pools, car-pooling, biking and walking to work in Montpelier. 


UVM REACH Grants to Fund Innovative Transportation Research 

TRC Faculty Associates David Novak (Business Adm) and Luis Vivanco (Anthropology) were recently recognized as grant recipients to advance their research. 


Green Games Get Going in Vermont 

Friendly competition heats up Vermonters' commuter and climate challenges Way to Go! and Vermontivate. 


National News


Trucking's Shift Towards LNG Picking Up Steam

Until now, most heavy trucks powered by LNG were custom built, but Cummins Westport is now manufacturing 11.9-liter LNG engines, suitable for use in semi-trucks. 


Massachusetts Launches MassEVIP Program

Through a competitive solicitation, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will provide incentive awards for municipalities toward the purchase of plug-in passenger vehicles, and to install Level 2 dual charging stations. 


Newport Biodiesel Takes R.I.

 Back to the Future 

Three tanker trucks, specially equipped with vacuums, each collect 1,200 gallons of used vegetable oil daily.


NAFTC Develops Electric Drive & Alt-Fuel Vehicle Phone App for First Responders

The app provides detailed, vehicle-specific information including identification mechanisms, disconnect procedures, and other special concerns. 


60 Propane-Fueled School Buses for Connecticut

Fuel savings expected to be $180K per year


Seattle Mayor Challenges City Fleets 

to Cut Use of Petroleum-Based Fuels

'Million-gallon Challenge' would equate to a 42% reduction in overall petroleum-based fuel usage by the city's fleet.


International News

Putin Backs Plans to Run Vehicles on Natural Gas
According to resolution, more than 50 percent of buses in major Russian cities will be switched to run on natural gas.

As an extra incentive, Beijing has just built the largest electric car charging station in the world. 

Possible sources include municipal solid waste or waste from forestry and agriculture, other plant oils and even algae. 


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.    

MIT Energy Initiative Poster Competition

MIT's Energy Initiative is seeking posters from graduate students working in any discipline who are engaged in research that addresses energy-related climate change adaptation and/or mitigation for the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. This is a national competition. Finalists will be invited to present their work at the Symposium in September, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. The winner will receive a $5,000 award, presented by a prominent woman involved in clean energy, and the symposium will provide a tremendous opportunity for networking. The deadline for applications to submit a poster for consideration is 6/1/13. For more info contact MIT Energy Initiative or click here.    

VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is soliciting applications for projects that will improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.  


The Bike/Ped Program provides funding for either the scoping or design/construction of the following facilities:  

* Bicycle lanes (on-road facility delineated with pavement markings and signs)  

* Shoulders (generally a minimum of 3-feet wide to accommodate bicyclists)  

* Sidewalks  

* Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands  

* Pedestrian signals  

* Improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act  

* Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians)  

* Pedestrian-scale lighting (not likely to rank highly as a standalone project, but eligible as a project component)  


Projects may be combinations of any of the above facilities. Projects with the following emphasis will be considered favorably:  

* Facilities that address a documented safety concern such as a high crash location  

* Connectivity to other bicycle and pedestrian facilities  

* Proximity and access to and within village centers and downtown areas  

* Facilities that serve multiple uses e.g. access to businesses, residences and schools  


Applicants must attend a training session on one of two available dates; Monday June 3rd (1-3 PM) and Wednesday, June 5th (6-8 PM). All proposals due 7/26/13. For more info contact Jon Kaplan 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                   $ 3.57/gallon                     $ 94.24/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.52/gallon                     $ 88.72/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.78/gallon                     $ 92.45/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.