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The transportation system is in the midst of a dramatic worldwide transformation that has the potential to impact our daily lives. Many factors are contributing to this change: overall U.S. demographics are shifting, more people are moving to cities, and connected devices are empowering consumers with more choices and on-demand services. The arrival of new technologies, such as connected and automated vehicles, and the rise of the shared-economy, including car-sharing and ride-hailing, have the potential to provide new, low-cost, mobility options.
Dramatic Energy Impacts
These new transportation technologies have the potential to provide improvements in safety, affordability, and accessibility to the American people. However, they also present challenges that must be understood. A recent study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) indicates that the future impact of new mobility systems, including connected and automated vehicles, could range from a 60% decrease in overall transportation energy to a 200% increase.
Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Research
To maximize the advantages of emerging disruptive technologies, such as connected and autonomous vehicles, VTO launched Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS). This comprehensive research program aims to identify and make full use of energy efficiency opportunities of advanced vehicle technologies and infrastructure, its interactions with existing infrastructure, and improved mobility of people and goods.
Current Mobility Projects
New recently announced “living lab” projects in Washington, Texas and New York are integrating smart mobility technologies in a holistic approach to the movement of people and/or goods that maximize energy efficiency. These projects will test new ideas, collect data, and inform research on energy efficient transportation technologies and systems, creating an essential feedback mechanism to the EEMS research program.
To read on, see the full VTO blog post.
Melissa Howell, executive director of the Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership, was honored with the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award on August 24 in Golden, Colo., where representatives from nearly 100 coalitions across the country gathered for the annual Clean Cities Coordinator Workshop.
The award is presented annually to the Clean Cities coordinator who provides inspiration and motivation to other coordinators and who strives to create a fun, engaging, and unified team spirit within the program. Howell was presented with the award by fellow coordinator Lisa Thurstin (Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition), on behalf of the Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Howell was chosen as this year’s award recipient for her years of devotion to Clean Cities efforts and because her work and attitude reflect the program’s values and mission.
“Melissa embodies the true spirit of the Clean Cities program: a natural leader with an impressive project list,” Thurstin said. “She embodies the spirit and criteria of the award.”
Other coordinators added that Howell is constantly helping the alternative fuel industry, spending countless hours supporting the Clean Cities mission. She is generous with her time for coordinators who have reached out for help and suggestions. Just as importantly, they noted, the advice and assistance she offers is always valuable.
Melissa is retiring this year, after almost 25 years as a mainstay of Clean Cities.
“Melissa is our longest serving coordinator,” said Dennis Smith, director of the program. “She has been a persistent force to be reckoned with.”
Howell has led the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) since 1994, with the governance of Officers and a Board of Directors elected annually. Howell is based in Louisville, where she coordinates projects and programs and manages the fiscal well-being of the KCFC.
“It’s been such a gift,” Howell said. “My life is so much better for being a part of this program.”
Nominations for the award come directly from coordinators, in a process overseen by the Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Coordinators then vote to select the winner.
The award is named after Benjamin Watson, a founding member of Clean Cities and long-time coordinator of Kansas City Regional Clean Cities. Watson’s engaging personality and spirit left an indelible stamp on the Clean Cities program and established the true character of the organization.
Coordinators Barry Carr, Kelly Gilbert, and Steve Russell are the latest inductees into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding contributions to their coalition and the program’s mission of reducing petroleum use in U.S. transportation. Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted the three coordinators into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on August 24, 2017 while in Golden, Colo., where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered for the 2017 Clean Cities Coordinator Workshop. The coordinators lead the Clean Communities of Central New York, Kansas City Regional Clean Cities, and Massachusetts Clean Cities coalitions, respectively.
Under the leadership of this year’s inductees, their coalitions averted more than 65,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions collectively through use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fuel efficiency measures. The GHG savings equate to removing more than 14,628 passenger cars from the road. The same year, the coalition’s combined efforts also saved more than 21.9 million gallons of petroleum. These accomplishments have contributed to the success of their coalition and Clean Cities program’s ability to save more than 8.5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993.
“These three coordinators exemplify the leadership and dedication that helps the program thrive,” Smith said. “We’re proud to have them on our team.”
Carr was recognized for his longstanding commitment and successful career as a coordinator. From 1995 to 2006 he worked with the New York State Clean Fueled Vehicle Council, helping state agencies grow their compressed natural gas fleet to more than 3,000 vehicles and expand CNG infrastructure to 60 locations in the state. Carr made presentations, provided safety and refueling training, and secured funding for many additional efforts. He is strongly supported by stakeholders and through his many relationships with fleet managers throughout the Northeast, which were built over almost three decades of steadfast determination working in the industry. In Clean Cities he is known as a knowledgeable peer who is willing to share his experience and expertise. Carr also served on the Coordinator Council and actively participates in the Coordinator to Coordinator program.
Gilbert was acknowledged for significantly growing alternative fuel use in the Midwest. The successful working relationship and strong network she has built with stakeholders and fellow coordinators are the hallmarks of her success. Gilbert has a unique ability to bring together groups to collaborate on projects and secure funding. During her time as coordinator she has secured and managed four U.S. Department of Energy project awards, overseen a four state team that successfully completed the Mid America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation project, and assembled partners for a new training initiative supporting compressed natural gas and propane safety, in addition to many other projects. Her significant achievements have helped stakeholders build the local alternative fuel market and provide essential training.
Russell was honored for his diligence in ensuring that public funding in Massachusetts has been spent to grow the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. He has spent countless hours educating and guiding fleets to reduce their petroleum use. Russell is a pioneer in the alternative fuel industry. Russell spent 12 years as a fleet manager in the City of Keene, New Hampshire, where he introduced biodiesel to the city’s diesel fleet. This was a standout move for a fleet in the extreme cold of New England. His commitment to alternative fuels extends to the proliferation of electric, propane, and natural gas vehicles in the Northeast. Russell is a key player in Alt Wheels, an annual alternative fuel vehicle event that has been running for more than 10 years. Russell collaborates with his peers to construct an impactful agenda of events that benefits all of the northeast. To read more about the winners’ accomplishments and see past award winners, visit the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.
Clean Communities of Central New York Coordinator Barry Carr, Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coordinator Kelly Gilbert, and Massachusetts Clean Cities Coordinator Steve Russell are the newest inductees to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Clean Cities mission of reducing petroleum use in U.S. transportation.
National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted the trio into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on August 24, 2017, while in Golden, Colo., where representatives from nearly 100 coalitions from across the nation gathered for the annual Clean Cities Coordinator Training.
Under the leadership of the new inductees, their three coalitions averted more than 65,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions combined through use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fuel efficiency measures in 2016 alone. Those same efforts saved more than 21.9 million gallons of petroleum in 2016. These accomplishments have contributed to the Clean Cities program’s ability to save more than 8.5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993.
Carr, Gilbert, and Russell are well known as stellar performers and have each earned the respect of industry and their stakeholders for their dedication and vast knowledge of alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as their hard work building successful coalitions.
Specifically, Carr was recognized for his commitment to increasing the use of compressed natural gas vehicles and infrastructure. From 1995 to 2006 he assisted the New York State Clean Fueled Vehicle Council, helping state agencies grow their compressed natural gas fleet to more than 3,000 vehicles and expand CNG infrastructure to 60 locations in the state. Carr’s tenacity during almost three decades working in the alternative fuel industry has established him as a leader.
Gilbert’s ability to build relationships with stakeholders and fellow coordinators has opened doors for alternative fuels in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The four-state team was awarded funding for the Mid America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation project, which grew vehicle adoption and infrastructure and established a new fleet recognition program in Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas. She also assembled partners to create a new training initiative supporting compressed natural gas and propane and working with two University Fire Institutes in Kansas and Missouri in their “Safe Alternative Fuels Deployment in Mid-America” award, aka (The SAF-D Project). Gilbert’s many years of success have helped stakeholders build the local alternative fuel market and provide essential training.
Russell is a pioneer in the alternative fuel industry. He is known for introducing biodiesel to the City of Keene, New Hampshire’s fleet during his time as their fleet manager, a standout move in the extreme cold of New England. He’s been vital to the proliferation of electric, propane, and natural gas vehicles in the Northeast. Russell is a prime mover in Massachusetts’s annual Alt Wheels, an alternative fuel vehicle event that has been running for more than 10 years. He is an expert collaborator and a leader among his fellow coordinators.
To read more about Carr, Gilbert, and Russell’s accomplishments, visit the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.
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