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September 2021
South Shore Clean Cities, members awarded $8.9 million in Indiana VW grants
SSCC & its members on Sept. 14 were awarded $8.9 million in Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grants funds for 106 alternative fuel & electric vehicles & pieces of equipment as well as funds for a statewide electric vehicle campaign. The Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee approved the 23 successful grant applications, which were written by SSCC for its members
& itself. The Committee also awarded SSCC a five-year, $800,000 grant for outreach, education & marketing for the statewide electric vehicle charging network funded by the VW program. The DC fast charging network will be managed by the Indiana Utility Group through a grant awarded by the Committee earlier this year. Learn more
Congressman Mrvan announces $7.8 million in U.S. EPA grants for SSCC
Congressman Frank J. Mrvan on Sept. 22 announced two grant awards for SSCC under the U.S. EPA's Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program. The two EPA grant awards will total $7.8 million and be used to assist the SSCC in its
efforts to reduce diesel emissions throughout the region. Specifically, the funding will
be used to promote the use of certain vehicles, including clean diesel refuse trucks and
electric, compressed natural gas, and renewable natural gas trucks. Learn more
Register now for the Oct. 26 Sustainable Solutions Conference & Expo
Jump start your sustainable business practices to save money & grow your brand at the Sustainable Solutions Conference & Expo Oct. 26 at the Century Center in South Bend with our co-hosts the City of South Bend Office of Sustainability & MACOG! Hear from experts in sessions on cleaner fleets, greener buildings & managing sustainability initiatives. Visit exhibit booths & explore indoor vehicle displays to learn about the latest cost-saving technologies & meet potential partners. Click here to become a sponsor or exhibitor. Who should attend? Financial, operations, facilities & fleet managers at public, private & nonprofit organizations of all sizes! Register here
SSCC 9th Annual Clean Air Golf Outing a success
Thank you again to all of our sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers for a great South Shore Clean Cities 9th Annual Clean Air Golf Outing! We were sold out again this year and were overwhelmed by your generous support. Congratulations to our winner, Family Express! View the photos from Tony V. Martin here.
MACOG, SSCC teaming up for National Drive Electric Week event
South Shore Clean Cities is teaming up with our partners at the Michiana Area Council of Governments for a National Drive Electric Week ride & drive Oct. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern at Goshen First Fridays at City Hall. Electric vehicle owners are encouraged to register to bring their vehicles. The event is free & open to the public. Learn more
MACOG, Join SSCC at 2021 School Transportation EXPO Indy
Join South Shore Clean Cities at the School Transportation of Indiana 2021 School Transportation EXPO Indy. Attending the STN EXPO gives you access to the very best in school bus safety and student transportation training, peer-to-peer networking and the most innovative products and technology companies, all under one roof. Be sure to catch South Shore Clean Cities Project Manager Ryan Lisek on the “Obtaining Grant Funds to Purchase Clean Energy Vehicles & Equipment” session Sunday, Oct. 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Eastern. Learn more
Guest column: Micromobility planning with transportation partners is key
Have you spent time in a city with electric scooter or bicycle sharing programs or tried them out yourself? I remember first seeing docked bicycles in a major U.S. city about four years ago and noting tourists were using them to visit various sites and others clearly using them to commute. Another large city I visited had dockless electric scooters, which were used on sidewalks for casual trips by younger people in restaurant, bar and entertainment districts. Electric scooter and bike sharing programs are becoming more and more popular modes of travel, particularly in urban settings. Collectively, they are referred to as micromobility or the use of transportation over short distances provided by lightweight, single-person vehicles. Read Carl Lisek's column monthly in The Times of Northwest Indiana
This month on "Green Fleet Radio"
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 Evelyn Bauman of the City of South Bend Office of Sustainability, Denarie Kane of NIRPC and Police Chief Nathan Sloan of the Muncie Police Department. Listeners can tune in to Lakeshore Public Radio at 89.1 FM or stream online. Catch up on past shows on our Website. 
Nissan LEAF discounts available
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 Oct. 4, 2021. Learn more
Member Spotlight: NIPSCO
Serving more than 821,000 natural gas customers and 468,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company in the state. Headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana, NIPSCO is one of the six energy delivery companies of NiSource, who together provide essential natural gas and electric service to more than 4 million customers. The seeds of South Shore Clean Cities were planted in the late 1990s by leadership at NIPSCO. Learn more
Featured Fuel: Propane
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or LP-gas) or autogas, has been used worldwide as a vehicle fuel for decades. Stored under pressure inside a tank, propane turns into a colorless, odorless liquid. As pressure is released, the liquid propane vaporizes and turns into gas that is used for combustion. An odorant, ethyl mercaptan, is added for leak detection. Propane has a high octane rating and excellent properties for spark-ignited internal combustion engines. Propane is produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining. Learn more on our Website
Funding opportunity available
U.S. DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently announced the Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP), a new pilot to facilitate sustained, community-wide economic and environmental benefits. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts or economic impacts caused by a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Under the Communities LEAP Pilot, U.S. DOE will provide supportive services valued at up to $16M for community-driven clean energy transitions. Learn more about this and other funding opportunities in the password-protected Member Center on our Website.
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