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Upcoming Event: Vermont Clean Cities Stakeholder Meeting
- By Ben Carlson
Next Thursday, February 28th, the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) will hold a stakeholder meeting at the University of Vermont (Full agenda here). After an opening remarks and a Clean Cities update by VTCCC coordinator Tom McGrath, there will be several speakers on fleet efficiency and alternative fuels, which will be the focus of the morning.
UPS East Region Automotive Manager Larry Beaulieu is the event’s featured speaker, discussing the efficiency measures the company has successfully taken to reduce energy use. In their 2011 Sustainability Report, the company puts forward a focus on advanced logistics, maximized efficiency, and reduced emissions. The company’s website also notes that UPS was awarded the top score for the third consecutive year for consumer shipping by Climate Counts and ranked 11th overall.
Peter Bourne of Bourne’s Energy will provide an update on the availability of biodiesel and share experience using the fuel. Bourne’s operates a new biodiesel blending plant that opened this past fall in Morrisville. The plant gets its biodiesel from sources such as used cooking oil from nearby restaurants. The facility blends the biodiesel with petroleum diesel in many ratios from 99% biodiesel (B-99) to 95% petroleum (B-5), with stated benefits of reduced carbon emissions and a recycled source of fuel without changes required to diesel engines. See the Clean Cities fact sheet on biodiesel here.
James Mullowney of Vermont Gas Systems will discuss the company’s fleet of vehicles, including their use of compressed natural gas (CNG), and their experience with alternative fuel and fleet efficiency. CNG vehicles are currently in use in several fleets in the state, including vehicles owned by Burlington, South Burlington, Casella Waste, and the University of Vermont.
For more information and to pre-register, click here