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October 2020 Edition
IDEM DieselWise with VW DERA Option grants available 
IDEM's DieselWise Indiana program is accepting proposals through Nov. 25 for clean air projects that will significantly reduce diesel emissions from nonroad vehicles and equipment across Indiana. Approximately $2.2 million is being made available through a combination of the U.S. EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Act and the DERA Option of the national Volkswagen Mitigation Trust program. Watch our Oct. 20 Webinar with IDEM's Shawn Seals & SSCC's Carl Lisek to learn more & contact us at (219) 644-3690 for information on how we can help with your application. 
SSCC video highlights successful DERA grant projects 
In 2019, SSCC wrote a successful $1.1 million grant application that assisted our members & partners through the U.S. EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant program. Building and Moving America is a $4.3 million dollar project that uses engine & vehicle replacements to reduce diesel emissions in the goods movement sector in Northwest Indiana & the Chicago region. SSCC Communications Director Lauri Keagle partnered with Local 219 this fall to produce & direct a video highlighting the successful projects, shooting on site with grant recipients at The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, Homewood Disposal, Wendella Boats & Welsch Ready Mix. Watch the video here   
Church unveils new warming/cooling center 
First United Methodist Church of Crown Point this month celebrated its new warming/cooling center, made possible in part by a successful $35,000 grant application written by South Shore Clean Cities on behalf of the church to the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The project is a combined effort between the Crown Point Emergency Management Agency, the Indiana Office of Energy Development, South Shore Clean Cities & First United Methodist Church. Learn more 
South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor breaks ground 
Congratulations to SSCC member Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), which celebrated a major milestone this month with the official groundbreaking of the West Lake Corridor project. The commuter rail line helps reduce emissions from passenger vehicles. Federal, state, region and railroad officials gathered to memorialize the final commitment to the West Lake Corridor, a $355 million federal grant to help build the 8-mile rail line from Hammond to Dyer, on Oct. 28. Read the full story in The Times of Northwest Indiana 
Resiliency: Alt fuels play critical role in community crisis preparedness
Many Chicagoans may remember the air traffic control fire that grounded thousands of flights in late September 2014. What they may not remember is the response to the local disaster. The computers failed & the backup computers failed, too. Officials began worrying about other backup systems in the community & the strength of those plans. After the fire, the Northwestern Indiana Information Sharing Alliance took it a step further. They wanted their area to be prepared for a natural disaster. SSCC Executive Director Carl Lisek marks that as the moment that surrounding areas began talking about one important thing: resilience. Read the full blog entry from Chicago Area Clean Cities 
Nissan LEAF discounts continue 
Our member Nissan North America is offering customers incentive offers toward the purchase of a new 100% electric, Nissan LEAF as part of Nissan's efforts to accelerate electric vehicle transportation alternatives throughout the United States. The offers continue through Jan. 4, 2021. Learn more   
M2M project updates
The Michigan to Montana I-94 Clean Fuel Corridor project (M2M) was featured on an episode of "MotorWeek" earlier this month. South Shore Clean Cities is a proud partner with GTI & other Clean Cities coalitions along the corridor & was excited to help facilitate the shoot with the "MotorWeek" crew, which features our member Ozinga's CNG station in Gary. The M2M project also has new Facebook & Twitter pages, created this summer with interns from Chicago Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities & Wisconsin Clean Cities. Be sure to follow the pages & to like & share the posts! 
GUEST COMMENTARY: Nonroad emissions reductions matter, too 
It seems like a lot of my columns lately have included the phrase "out of sight, out of mind." It applies to so many things in life. In the sustainable transportation sector, it certainly speaks to the harmful emissions that contribute to poor air quality. People often - and wrongly -- associate steam from industrial and utility operations as harmful emissions coming from "smoke stacks." A more accurate visible representation of the emissions that cause the greatest threat to air quality and subsequently human health are all of the vehicles of all types - passenger vehicles included - we see on our roads and highways each and every day. 
 Read Carl Lisek's full column in The Times of Northwest Indiana
"Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek
SSCC Executive Director Carl Lisek's weekly radio show "Green Fleet Radio" airs three times each Wednesday on Lakeshore Public Radio with generous support from NIRPC. This month, Carl welcomed special guest  Dave Howell, Acting Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, for a two-part interview as well as Brian Mormino, Executive Director for Technical and Environmental Systems at Cummins, Inc. & Eman Ibrahim, Planning Manager for NIRPC. Listeners can tune in to Lakeshore Public Radio at 89.1 FM or streaming online. Catch up on past shows on our Website.  
Member Spotlight: Illinois Marine Towing
Illinois Marine Towing Inc. - headquartered in Joliet, Illinois - has been a South Shore Clean Cities member since 2019. llinois Marine Towing was founded after the acquisition of Joliet Harbor Service in December 1987. Canal Barge Company later acquired IMT in the fall of 2008.The operation now includes the largest fleet of harbor and towing vessels in the Chicago Harbor, a quick-repair shipyard, a dry cargo terminal, liquid and dry cargo barge cleaning, barge readiness services and now crewing services. IMT continues to be the best-in-class provider of marine services in the Chicago Harbor and down the Illinois River. Learn more
Featured Fuel: Ethanol 
Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and various other plant materials collectively known as "biomass".  The use of ethanol is widespread, with more than 95 percent of U.S. gasoline containing ethanol in a low-level blend to oxygenate the fuel and reduce air pollution. Ethanol is also available as E85, a high-level ethanol blend containing 51 percent to 83 percent ethanol, depending on geography and season. The blend can be used in flexible fuel vehicles which have an internal combustion engine and run on either E85 or gasoline.  
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November 5, 2020
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November 10, 2020
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