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CONTENTS

Utah’s Nation-leading Idle Free Campaign Celebrates 10 Years | p. 7 Utah Clean Cities

Current Affiars in CO - NDEW & Solar Decathlon | p. 21 San Francisco Municipal Fleet Runs 100% Renewable Diesel pp. 16-18 San Franciso Clean Cities Coalition

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Denver Metro Clean Cities


AMERICAN BEAUTY Minnesota Corridor Signs p. 27

First Annual Golf Outing & Awards Dinner a Success | p. 13

Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation

Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition

Transit Agencies & School Districts Could Benefit from VW Funding p. 19 ROUSH CleanTech

South Carolina Leads in SE with FHWA’s Alt Fuel Corridor Signage p. 25 Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition

The Road to Sustainable Logistics | p. 11 UPS & GreenBiz

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CONTENTS UTAH CELEBRATES A DECADE OF IDLE REDUCTION WORK p. 7

100% RENEWABLE DIESEL

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San Francisco has made the move to using 100% of this renewable, drop-in fuel

PUBLISHER / SENIOR EDITOR / WRITER Jonathan G. Overly East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition jonathan@etcleanfuels.org EDITOR / WRITER Melissa Goldberg East Tennesee Clean Fuels Coalition melissa@etcleanfuels.org

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COVER STORIES SC Leads in Southeast with FHWA’s Corridor Signage - p. 25 AMERICAN BEAUTY: MN Posts First Corridor Signage - p. 27

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The NAFTC’s mission is to provide the training infrastructure for implemen�ng the widespread use of alterna�ve fuels, alterna�ve fuel vehicles logy vehicles. (AFVs), and advanced technology Its effort to increase energy security, as well as improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, is embodied in its mo�o “Because Clean Air and Energy Independence Ma�er.”

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Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is a program of West Virginia University and consists of Na�onal and Associate Training Centers located na�onwide from Maine to California. Each center provides Training with Impact through its experienced instructors and realthr world sh shop facili�es. Numerous other members from small businesses, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission. More than 2,000 courses have been conducted by the NAFTC, resul�ng in more than 38,000 technicians, rst responders, students, eet managers, and others trained on AFVs and advanced technology vehicles.

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Outreach & EducaƟon The NAFTC has managed more than $35 million in programs through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protec�on Agency, FEMA, and other government and private sector industry en��es.

Learn the basics or gain indepth knowledge of alterna�ve fuel and advanced technology vehicles by a�ending one of more than 35 courses and workshops offered at the NAFTC headquarters and at training loca�ons na�onwide. The NAFTC a�ends and conducts mul�ple outreach and educa�on events such as Na�onal AFV Day Odyssey. Conducted biennially since 2002, Odyssey has built awareness of alterna�ve fuel and advanced technology vehicles among millions.

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UTAH’S NATION-LEADING IDLE FREE CAMPAIGN:

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF SUCCESS Utah Clean Cities (UCC) created Utah’s Idle Free Campaign with a declaration led by Governor John Huntsman and two prominent mayors in 2007. This year’s event, held on September 9th, celebrated the 10 years of successful partnerships that have allowed for a successful campaign. During the event, 35 awardees were recognized for their idle reduction efforts, with recipients ranging from Alta Ski Resort to Zion’s National Park. Today, over 50 Utah mayors have signed the declaration for Idle Free in Utah. There are seven Idle Free Cities and four large school districts that are 100% Idle Free, and with air quality reaching up in to the “red zone” during winter inversions, Utah takes the challenge seriously. UCC continues working with communities to encourage drivers to turn off their vehicles when idling for more than 10 seconds. In recent years, the Idle Free campaign has been incorporated and adapted by other organizations including cities, schools, businesses and air quality organizations. UCC has also enjoyed working with groups outside the state on this campaign including other coalitions, air advocacy groups, EPA, NREL and Argonne National Laboratory.

Utah Clean Cities has also been a leader by spearheading a Declaration that November be “Alternative Fuels Month,” now going on nine years. This declaration highlights and celebrates the collaboration between the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Energy, and regional Clean Cities programs in collaboration with Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and New Mexico and their success in providing designations for strategically placed alternative fueling stations complete with signage and connectivity with the Alternative Fuels Data Center station locator. Additionally, UCC is working to further integrate electric vehicles into use in the region. The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, in conjunction with private enterprises and local agencies such as Utah Clean Air Partnership and Utah Clean Cities, has worked collaboratively to complete the Mighty Five Electric Corridor and will continue to develop the Electric Highway to connect Utah’s cities, towns, national parks, monuments, recreation areas and scenic byways within the state with the Rocky Mountain Power and DOE Live Electric WestSmart grant.

Left: Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski provided the keynote address during the 10-year anniversary event. Above: A new CNG school bus that was shown during the event.

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Above: Robin Erickson, UCC Coordinator from 2000 through 2016, and Vicky Bennett, the Salt Lake City Sustainability Department’s Director, show off some of the awards that were provided during the event. Right: UCC Executive Director Tammie Cooper speaking on the capitol steps during the event. Bottom photos (l-r): Tammie Cooper learns about a BMW i8 during the recent Live Electric Ride and Drive. Rocky Mountain Power hosted the EV event and helped bring a crowd of CEOs to the event to learn about EVs.

BINA SKORDAS | Utah Clean Cities | bina.skordas@utahcleancities.org | 801-232-5307 8


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GROWING URBANISM & SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS:

DESIGNING AN URBAN FREIGHT PLAN The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities worldwide. Although many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely within the urban environment, much less attention has been paid to the importance of delivering goods to people at work and home. It is an issue hiding in plain sight, as urban infrastructure is often not designed to accommodate critical logistics services. The 2017 UPS®/GreenBiz “The Road to Sustainable Urban Logistics Research Study” provides insights into the business challenges associated with logistics in an urban environment and the opportunities to contribute to a more environmentally sustainable city

center. The study presents the findings of qualitative research, along with an online survey conducted by GreenBiz Group in June 2017 among a sample of 612 respondents within the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel. It revealed that 95 percent of companies surveyed are aware of the impacts — primarily air quality and traffic congestion — urban- ization will have on business growth and sustain- ability, yet only 47 percent feel prepared to address these challenges. A majority of survey respondents (72 percent) believe that businesses need to work closely with city officials to identify and address these urban environmental and social challenges. See the infographic at right, and visit the link shown below to access the full report.

http://ups.com/sustainability

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The Road to Sustainable Urban Logistics A 2017 UPS/GreenBiz Research Study

A Problem of Increased E-Commerce, Urbanization and Congestion

Business in the Urban Environment

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OF COMPANIES SURVEYED RECOGNIZE THEIR BUSINESS CHALLENGES IN GROWING CITIES.

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CLAIM A RISE IN E-COMMERCE, URBANIZATION AND CONGESTION HAVE IMPACTED BUSINESS TOP BUSINESS CHALLENGES:

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Business owners operating in the city

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BUSINESSES’ ROLE WILL BE KEY TO CREATING A MORE SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

72% 63% 7% Businesses should work closely with city officials in identifying and addressing urban environmential and social challenges

Businesses should take a proactive role in identifying and addressing urban environmental and social challenges

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EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA: FIRST ANNUAL GOLF OUTING & AWARDS DINNER A SUCCESS We greatly appreciate everyone who attended and donated to our 1st annual EP-ACT golf outing and awards dinner held on Monday, May 15 , 2017 at the McCall Country Club in Upper Darby, PA. It was a complete success! The outing was attended by over 85 EP-ACT stakeholders and guests who showed up to enjoy some golf & support our program. We appreciate the support of those stakeholders who sponsored food, beverages, contests, holes/longest drive and closest to the pin. After the 18-hole golf extravaganza, EP-ACT recognized members who have contributed to the success of the coalition and our region’s displacement of petroleum within the transportation sector in our 1st ever Alternative Fuel Awards Ceremony. There were

five awards given out at our inaugural event. These five companies have demonstrated their commitment to EP-ACT since our start years ago. We felt they each deservingly depicted the meaning of the awards and felt their respective companies represented a great cross-section of our membership. Advocate Award: AmeriGreen Energy Industry Support Award: Brightbill Bus Alternative Fuel Visionary Award: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) Environmental Excellence Award: PECO Alternative Fuel Leadership Award: UPS For a complete listing of the award descriptions and for more photos, please go to our Awards List page on our website.

Across the two pages: A variety of photos from the day including multiple shots of golfers having fun, the EP-ACT booth, and sponsors. Two photos on the next page include some award recipients, including LCSWMA (left center) and Brightbill Bus (left bottom).

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TONY BANDIERO | Eastern PA Alliance for Clean Trans. | tbandiero@ep-act.org | 215-990-8200 14


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SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL FLEET RUNS 100% RENEWABLE DIESEL

A photo of one of San Franciso’s fire trucks that is operating on 100% renewable diesel. Photo curtesy of Reflections Enroute.

After several years of discussions and testing of Renewable Diesel (RD), San Francisco officially switched to using 100% RD in December 2015. We run it in nearly everything, except SF Fire Department boats and some offsite generators. Otherwise, anything you can think if of that is an on-road vehicle or non-road piece of equipment in San Francisco runs on RD! On the marine side, we recently assisted Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s office in holding a workshop for to help educate our ferry/water transit operators and assist them in switching to RD by spring 2018. There is also an effort at San Francisco International Airport to evaluate 10% renewable jet fuel.

Several former Clean Cities coordinators in San Francisco--including Rick Ruvolo and Bill Zeller--were very involved in the work to bring San Francisco to using RD. And we would be remiss to leave out many other staff in fleet management that helped in the testing and implementation of bringing our fair city to this point. To keep it simple, we have had very few problems in the transition due to RD’s chemical similarity to petroleumbased diesel- it is a true drop-in fuel substitute for diesel! On the next page, you can see a handout we use to educate citizens about RD. Please get in-touch with me if I can answer any questions for you!

SUZANNE LOOSEN | San Francisco Clean Cities | Suzanne.Loosen@sfgov.org | 415-355-3765 16


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TRANSIT AGENCIES & SCHOOL DISTRICTS COULD BENEFIT FROM VW FUNDING Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency filed a complaint against Volkswagen alleging that they violated the Clean Air Act. Volkswagen was found guilty and agreed to spend billions to settle these allegations, which includes a $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx).

established October 2. Now, each state will designate a beneficiary, which is the lead agency responsible for funds. Then they will file mitigation plans and solicit feedback.

Both transit agencies and school districts may qualify for funding under this settlement, as class 4-8 school, shuttle or transit bus replacement are among the eligible projects.

Adopting school buses and transit vehicles fueled by propane autogas are excellent ways for states to reduce nitrogen NOx emissions, while helping to put the savings from lower fuel and maintenance costs back into their budgets.

If state allocate funding toward transit vehicles and/ or school buses, these organizations could tap into this windfall of funds to move to an alternative transportation fuel that reduce NOx emissions.

Each state will receive a set amount based on the number of affected vehicles sold in the state. You can find a state-by-state listing at http://ROUSHcleantech.com/volkswagen-settlement/. Earlier this year Wilmington Trust was appointed as the trustee to allocate the funds. The trustee effective date was

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CURRENT AFFAIRS IN COLORADO NDEW & SOLAR DECATHLON NAT’L DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK & SOLAR DECATHLON SHOWCASE ELECTRICITY The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition (DMCCC) was pleased to be a part of the National Drive Electric Week of 2017 (Sept. 9-17). The coalition helped organize and participated in two separate events - one in Boulder and one in Denver. While this coalition does not work exclusively with electric vehicles (much of our work has to do with alternative fuels) a significant emphasis was placed upon these zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles (ZEVs) during the week. These events were designed to entice interested consumers to learn more about electric vehicle models, engage in quick test drives, and arrive at an eventual purchase of an EV in the future. At these events, the Clean Cities staff collaborated with other Colorado organizations and used the opportunity to promote the upcoming clean air event, Run the Rocks 5/10K race of their umbrella organization, the American Lung Association of Colorado (ALAC). The coalition is

NILES KOENIGSBERG Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition | CCities@lung.org | 720-934-4560

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able to advance ALAC’s mission of improving lung health through its work to reduce transportation emissions and clean the air. The DMCCC is incredibly active in the Denver area, and organized an additional ZEV test drive event during the Solar Decathlon in Denver on the 14th of October. The Department of energy Solar Decathlon is a competition between 10 teams of students to design and build fullsize solar-powered houses. Simply put, the Decathlon is an event designed to get students and attendees interested in nontraditional sources of energy—a perfect fit for the alternative-fuels focused DMCCC. During the nine-day event visitors from across the nation had a chance to not only tour the solar homes being built, but check out a number of ZEVs and even get behind the wheel of a few during the ride and drive.


A wide variety of EVs where showcased during the two NDEW events, including (above) a converted, all-electric Porshe 914, and (bottom) during the Run the Rocks 5/10k that is managed by ALAC, a 2017 Fiat 500e and a plug-in SUV. At left (l - r): Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coordinator Sheble McConnellogue, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coordinator Janna West-Heiss, and “Planet Earth” - a frequent siting at the Boulder Farmer’s Market. Opposite page: A rendering of the DOE Solar Decathlon event – it is even more amazing in person! Learn more about the Decathlon at http://www.solardecathlon.gov.

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SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS IN SOUTHEAST WITH ALT FUEL CORRIDOR SIGNAGE Motorists traveling along major interstates in South Carolina will now see alternative fuel corridor signs. These signs indicate routes that are part of a national network of corridors that support alternative fueling infrastructure. The Palmetto Clean Fuels (PCF) coalition, an initiative of the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office (Energy Office), worked with the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to install the signs in June 2017. In July 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) called on states to nominate national plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors along major roadways as a part of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act. The Energy Office submitted a nomination to designate all major interstates in South Carolina. The FHWA designated 55 routes across the U.S. in November 2016 that will serve as the basis for a national network of alternative fuel corridors spanning 35 states. These designated corridors aim to create and expand a national network of alternative fueling, charging infrastructure, and signage along National Highway Systems corridors. Parts of I-20, I-26, I-77 and I-85 were designated as “signage ready” in South Carolina; enough infrastructure exists along the designated segments of interstate to facilitate refueling. The FHWA may add more highway sections as additional refueling and charging stations are built.

“We’re happy to be the first in the Southeast and the second state in the U.S. to install the signs along the “signage ready” corridors,” said Maeve Mason, co-coordinator for PCF. These new alternative fuel corridor signs were designed to label the corridors, but not necessarily to direct motorists to refueling infrastructure. The Energy Office and SCDOT are planning to build on corridor designation by adding directional signage to identify the specific exits with alternative refueling stations, not unlike the gas and lodging signs that currently exist along South Carolina interstates. The state currently has 464 alternative fueling stations, including charging outlets for EVs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. PCF did detailed work to determine the best locations for the signs, and to estimate the total costs. The final total was just over $7,300, with the final signage fabrication handled by SC Department of Corrections - Prison Industries, and installation was handled by SCDOT. The new signs, and a list of the new “signage ready” corridors, can be found on the FHWA website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors.

LANDON MASTERS | Palmetto Clean Fuels | lmasters@regstaff.sc.gov | 803-737-8285 25


At right - examples of corridor end and begin signage that includes EV and propane autogas corridors. Below - An image depicting the Interactive Google Map that PCF created to help explain what they were asking for in signage placement.

Based on the infrastructure that was in South Carolina, PCF created a signage plan that designated parts of many major interstates in the state as official corridors for three different fuels: compressed natural gas (“CNG”), propane autogas (denoted based on FHWA signage rules as “LPG”) and electricity (as “EV”). Two signs were placed along I-85 for CNG, 8 signs were placed along interstates 26, 77 and 85 for EV, and 10 signs were placed along interstates 20 and 26 for propane autogas.

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As FHWA formalized its initiative to show interstate travelers alternative fuel corridors around the USA, Minnesota was the FIRST state to be approved for a corridor AND post such signage. Their EV corridor on I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Cloud has signs (shown below) detailing that the stretch of I-94 is an alternative fuel corridor for electric vehicles (EVs). CONGRATULATIONS MINNESOTANS!!


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