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- Sustainable Transportation Options for Small, Rural Communities
Wednesday, 4/29/09 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Developing and implementing successful sustainable
transportation plans provides communities with a unique chance to build
partnerships between the municipal government, community groups and
local citizens. In small, rural communities, these partnerships may
help to overcome the unique challenges presented by sustainable
transportation implementation in a non-urban setting. To register,
please visit the website.
- 2nd Annual TRC Research Expo
Wednesday, 5/6/09 - 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Davis Center, in the Silver Maple Ballroom.
The event is open to all UVM faculty, staff, students and community members to attend.
- Ecodriving Workshops
Saturday, 5/9/09 - 8:00 a.m. to noon
Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT
Saturday, 5/30/09 - 8:00 a.m. to noon
Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
An economical way to be easier on the environment.
More information. Registration form
- Summit on the Future of Vermont
Monday, 5/11/09 - 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont. More information
- The Case for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)
Wednesday, 5/2709 - 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
A Comprehensive One-Day Workshop for Public and Private Fleet Operators and Clean-Air/Clean-Transportation Policymakers
Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington VT. More information
At this time, the TRC is anticipating filling the following positions:
DOE has posted a permanent position at NETL to work on Clean Cities. Applicants are due by 4/28.
- Research Engineer (UVM Job Number 032622)
- Assistant Professor (in partnership with the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
- Post-Doctoral Policy Research Fellow - JUNE 1 DEADLINE
||News from the DOE
DOE maintains the Alternative Fuels Data Center,
a one-stop shop for all your alternative fuel and vehicle information
needs. This site has more than 3,000 documents in its database, an
interactive fuel station mapping system, listings of available
alternative fuel vehicles, and much more.
FERC Proposes Policy Statement on Smart-Grid Development - The
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accelerated development of
a smarter grid for the nation's electric transmission system with a
proposed policy statement and action plan that would help set the
"rules of the road" of a modern grid.
Unsafe roads lead to proliferation of niche shuttle services
Williams was tired of getting hit by cars while riding his bike. The
Champlain Valley Union High School senior liked his weekly pedals from
St. George to Burlington ... Full story [Burlington Free Press March 24, 2009]
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will submit a grant application
later this month to request $126 million of stimulus money to run the
Western Corridor line.... Full story
can forge ahead with needed improvements to its transportation
infrastructure without imposing new gasoline taxes on motorists, a key
Senator said Tuesday... Full story
[Peter Hirschfeld Vermont Press Bureau]
The United States of Transit Cutbacks - With
ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are
facing unprecedented fiscal crises in this economic downturn, with many
considering layoffs, service cuts and fare hikes that are hitting at
the worst possible time. Full story
2011 Fuel Economy Standards Announced -
New fuel economy standards for 2011 model year cars and light trucks
will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per
gallon--a 2.0 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average. More information
||Around the World
China auto sales hit record 1.11 million in March
March 2009, China's auto sales exceeded U.S. sales for the third month
in a row, as tax cuts and rebates for small car purchases lured buyers
back into showrooms, according to industry figures. Read entire article
Tata Nano Goes on Sale
for Tata Motors Ltd.'s Nano minicar began Thursday, with the automaker
hoping a strong debut for the world's cheapest car will lift its
fortunes. Full story
Belgium: Green-Car Loan Fund
European Investment Bank approved 866 million euros ($1.2 billion) for
loans to carmakers to make cleaner cars as part of a package to help
the sector. Read the New York Times article
||VCCC Stakeholder Meeting
The VCCC Annual Stakeholder's meeting was held on April 14, in Decision Theater at Farrell Hall, UVM.
from organizations such as the VT Sierra Club, CCMPO, and the Vermont
Agencies of Transportation and Natural Resources, as well as
representatives from Senator Sanders and Leahy's office, students,
professors and residents from throughout the state. Stakeholders heard
about from Dr. Richard Watts, UVM Transportation Research Center
Research Director spoke about TRC research projects that overlap with
the Clean Cities mission. To view his presentation click here.
Karen Glitman, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator and TRC
Program Manager gave a VCCC Year in Review that showcased activities
and events that took place in the past year. To view her
presentation click here.
opportunities made available through the ARRA that support the Clean
Cities mission were presented. These include the CC solicitation,
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), State Energy Program (SEP), tax
credits, and Smart Grid funding. VCCC will be submitting a grant in
coordination with Maine and New Hampshire Clean Cities Coalitions in
response to the ARRA Clean Cities solicitation.
also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of introducing a membership and
dues structure for the VCCC. A review of Clean Cities Coalitions
yielded diverse membership and dues structures reflective of the
diversity of coalitions. If you have an opinion on this issue please
contact Karen Glitman.
Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center
for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department
of Energy and the Vermont Department of Public Service.