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About Clean Cities

About Clean Cities

“The mission of the Clean Cities program is to advance the economic, environmental and energy security of the U.S. by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to reduced petroleum consumption in the transportation sector <http://www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/>.

The state of Vermont initiated its Clean Cities Program in 2001. Past and present stakeholders are numerous and diverse consisting of both individuals and organizations. Clean Cities activities have included maintaining information and databases, writing grant proposals, creating public awareness and interacting within the national network of Clean Cities programs.

In late fall 2006 the UVM Transportation Center was selected as the new permanent host for the Vermont Clean Cities Program to start July 1, 2007. Between January 2007 and June 2007 the Snelling Center for Government and the UVM Transportation Center will work cooperatively to coordinate the Clean Cities activities and program.

Current Clean Cities Program activities include the following:

e-newsletter

Clean Cities program staff disseminate an e-newsletter to approximately 300 e-dresses on a bi-weekly basis. E-newsletter content is derived from a number of sources, such as the national clean cities list serve, Vermont daily newspapers and Coalition partners. News and policy discussions related to the Clean Cities mission in Vermont are highlighted. To be added to the e-newsletter list or suggest content contact Tristam Coffin

Website

The UVM Transportation Center has developed this website to provide news and information about the Clean Cities program and Coalition activities. Content will continue to be added to the web over the next few months and particularly when the UTC assumes permanent host status in July. All e-newsletters will be archived on the site as well as reports and publications.

Proposal Preparation

The DOE makes routine yearly calls for proposals for Clean Cities Programs. The UVM Transportation Center will work with Vermont partners to prepare proposals in response to these calls. This usually occurs in mid-winter with due dates in the Spring. Depending on the composition of any given proposal team, the Center may also be able to provide technical writing and editing assistance. The Center will facilitate the partners meeting to define work plans and proposed tasks. As reasonable, the Center will also track funding opportunities with other agencies and will communicate this information to the Clean Cities partners. The UTC is also available to partner and coordinate other proposals when possible.

Annual Clean Cities Meeting

In the Spring of each year, starting in March 2007, the stakeholders of the Clean Cities program will participate in an annual roundtable meeting. At this meeting the group will review the solicitations for grant proposals from the DOE national program. The stakeholders will provide input on the Fall Clean Cities special program for the given year as well as overall input for the following year. Suggestions for the e-newsletter and web site will be sought. The event will rotate through the state being held at UVM every second year. As appropriate, refreshments will be provided. Minutes and PPT presentation from the March 2007 meeting are available here http://www.uvm.edu/%7Ecleancty/?Page=cc_meetings.html.

Database Development and Annual Report

The Clean Cities program is required to keep an up-to-date database of stakeholders, community fleets, alternative fueled vehicles and re-fueling stations. In recent years, with the increasing presence of alternative fueled vehicles (and the diverse types of vehicles); this task has been difficult to manage. A transitional report was prepared this spring (AFV report Summary.pdf) and a more comprehensive effort will be undertaken this fall.

Clean Cities – Special Annual Event

In addition to the work plan tasks described above, the budget of the project allows for the UVM Transportation center to undertake one special program or activities per year. Examples include an anti-idling campaign, a workshop for high school teachers, an alternative fueled vehicle rodeo, or a workshop for transportation professionals. Numerous partners for co-costing or sponsoring are possible. Stakeholder input on the selection of an activity will be sought each March at the annual roundtable meeting. A decision on the special activity for the late summer or fall will be made after July 1.

National Representation

The coordinator of the Clean Cities program at the UVM transportation center will provide Vermont representation to the regional and national Clean Cities coalitions. This representation will consist of conference participation and conference call meetings. Other activities may be included as opportunities arise.

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