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eNewsletter 3.17.09
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        Upcoming Events:
    Innovative Approaches for Addressing Airport Capacity Issues
    Wednesday, 3/18/09 - 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    Thomas Adler, Ph.D., President Resource Systems Group, Inc.
    Farrell Hall, University of Vermont

    Transportation Efficiency: Reducing the Carbon and Economic Costs of Automobility in VT
    Thursday, 3/19/09 - 7:30 p.m.
    Richard Watts, Ph.D., Research Director, UVM Transportation Research Center
    Memorial Lounge on the main floor of the Waterman Building

    Clean Cities Stakeholders Meeting
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: Decision Theater, Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus, UVM
    (Summary of last year's meeting)

    "The Case for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)"
    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
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  More information

In This Issue
State Action
Federal Action
News from the DOE
Around the World
Quick Links

State Action
Douglas calls for 'difficult choices' 

(Addison Independent, March 5, 2009, John Flowers)

Douglas, a Middlebury Republican, made his comments during a legislative breakfast at the Middlebury Legion Hall and during a follow-up interview at the Addison Independent. His appearance came on the heels of news that Vermont will receive just under $1 billion in federal stimulus aid, including $130 million for transportation projects throughout the state.
Regarding public transportation: Douglas said he will support initiatives to cut Vermonters' transportation costs - such as expanding park-and-ride facilities.

"We hope at some point to have a multi-modal system so that public transit buses will stop at all the car pool areas, in some cases with some train options nearby... " Douglas said.
Full story

Moover, Connecticut River Transit to get new buses

(Brattleboro Reformer, Tuesday, March 10, Bob Audette)

Patrons of a pair of transit agencies in southern Vermont might find themselves riding new buses soon courtesy of the Economic Recovery Act. With a number of public transit buses in Vermont in need of replacement, the $5.7 million expenditure proposed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation will help the state buy 33 new buses, said AOT spokesman John Zicconi. Full story
Federal Action
ARRA: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
281 different streams of funding are in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the Stimulus. When it comes to renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in the bill a comprehensive guide has been put out that outlines the funding available for these activities from HUD, DOL, DOT, EPA, DOEnergy and DOEducation.

A Guide to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Local and Tribal Governments

News from the DOE
Clean Cities 15th Anniversary -
On March 4, 2009, coordinators, past and present program staff, and industry and government stakeholders and representatives gathered in Washington to celebrate Clean Cities' 15th anniversary. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at DOE headquarters, this special event lauded the program's accomplishments since its 1993 inception, as well as the people who helped contribute to its success. Read more

Clean Cities Coalition

Around the World
The Center for Neighborhood Technology in partnership with the Center for Transit Oriented Development has put together a housing affordability tool that includes the cost of transportation as a component of affordability.
Affordability Index

Guest Contributor - Become a Vermont Clean Cities Guest Contributor...send us your article with sources!

Business -
Mapping a Global Plan for Car Charging Stations

By Bill Vlasic

Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, is mapping a global plan for car charging stations where batteries can be swapped. Read more

Best regards,
Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

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Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse 
National Energy Technology Laboratory
[Grant # DE-FOA-0000020] 

ARRA Funding for SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program   Environmental Protection Agency  
[Grant # EPA-ARRA-OAR-OTAQ-09-04]

ARRA Funding for National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program  
Environmental Protection Agency  
[Grant # EPA-ARRA-OAR-OTAQ-09-06]

ARRA Funding for Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program
Environmental Protection Agency  
[Grant # EPA-ARRA-OAR-OTAQ-09-05]

Clean Cities FY09 Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector 
National Energy Technology Laboratory  
[Grant # DE-PS26-09NT01236-04]

Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Golden Field Office  
[Grant # DE-PS36-09GO99016]


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                      $1.946/gallon                       $44.15/barrel
One Month Ago         $1.922/gallon                       $41.26/barrel
One Year Ago            $3.210/gallon                       $57.63/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX, EIA

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