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Michelle McCutcheon-Schour Takes Over as Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator

We are excited to announce Michelle McCutcheon-Schour as the new coordinator for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) at the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center (TRC). Michelle served as an intern for the coalition in the summer of 2011, and has been working at the TRC for the past year. She led an electric vehicle outreach project last summer, and has continued work at the TRC on workforce development initiatives.

A UVM grad with a degree in Political Science, Michelle received her MPA from Cornell University with a concentration in Environmental Policy, and spent time as a graduate intern at the USEPA, designing the EPA's "Electronics Recycling Toolkit for Municipalities" and assisting the Electronics Product Stewardship team in public outreach.

Michelle will take on the task of VTCCC coordinator at an exciting time, working with fellow coordinators on dedicated outreach initiatives for alternative fuel use throughout New England. These initiatives include participating in the newly-formed New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup, hosting a workshop on CNG for fleets, and a first responders training for CNG and propane vehicles. Michelle will also be working with her fellow coordinators to launch a New England Clean Fleets program. This program will work to give recognition to fleets that are proactively working to reduce their petroleum consumption with an emphasis on alternative fuels.

In addition, she will continue the wide-reaching outreach, education and information services to the Vermont community. She hopes to continue to build VTCCC"s network in an effort to advance the use of alternative fuels throughout the state.

One of the outreach programs at the TRC, VTCCC was designated as a Clean Cities coalition by the Department of Energy in 2001, and received a three-year re-designation in November, 2012. One of almost 100 coalitions nationwide, the mission of Clean Cities is to reduce petroleum fuel consumption in the transportation sector. We are very grateful to the leadership and excellent service provided by Tom McGrath to the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition over the past three years and wish him all the best in his new endeavors. For more information on VTCCC contact Michelle McCutcheon-Schour.

New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup Formed

Biodiesel producers and Clean Cities Coalition coordinators from five New England states met in East Sandwich, Massachusetts this month to discuss biodiesel use in New England. The New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup is part of a US Department of Energy grant to promote the adoption of alternative transportation fuels.

The workgroup's purpose is to identify barriers to biodiesel use in transportation and to develop strategies to address those barriers. Participants are Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition, Cape Cod Biofuels, Maine Clean Communities, Maine Standard Biofuels, Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, White Mountain Biodiesel LLC, Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition, Newport Biodiesel, and Vermont Clean Cities Coalition.

This first of four meetings was hosted by Cape Cod Biofuels of Sandwich, MA. Andrew Davison of Cape Cod Biofuels conducted a tour of the plant for the attendees prior to the meeting.

The workgroup will produce a report discussing barriers to the adoption of biodiesel and recommended strategies. The final report will include an outreach plan designed to build awareness of the benefits of the fuel to fleet managers and others in the transportation and transit sectors. This report will be available for download at each of the participant's websites.

For more information on the group's efforts pertaining to Vermont, please contact Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator, at mmccutch@uvm.edu.

The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) supports, promotes and helps coordinate Vermont-related efforts related to fuel efficient and alternative fueled vehicles, transportation alternatives to the automobile, anti-idling campaigns, programs that reduce vehicle miles travelled, and funding opportunities and programs that address the Clean Cities mission.