March 2024 Edition

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Antoine M. Thompson

CEO/Executive Director


A Message from the

CEO/Executive Director

There is exciting news regarding lots of local, state, and federal funding opportunities. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released grant announcements for projects related to ports, vehicles, and much more. Each week, GWRCCC provides information about various grants to paying members in our Press Review. When applying for public and private grants, always contact us for letters of support and to become a project partner. Our organization has over 30 years of experience in grant and project management.  

GWRCCC would like to thank everyone for attending our Opening & Kick-Off Reception at the PEPCO Edison Gallery, especially Valencia McClure, Regional President of PEPCO. I would like to thank Jill Hamilton, President of SESI for helping to sponsor the event. Please look out for emails regarding announcements regarding GWRCCC events during Green Week, April 15-22, 2024.  

In honor of Women’s History Month, GWRCCC will host an event, “Women in Clean Energy and Transportation,” on Monday, March 25th. Lastly, become a member and financial supporter of GWRCCC at You can also donate to GWRCCC and help us continue to do great things that impact communities across the region and country at  


Antoine M. Thompson

CEO/Executive Director

GWRCCC's Event Calendar is in Full Swing!

If you are interested in supporting our events, learn more by clicking on the 2024 Sponsorship Package.

View the 2024 Events Calendar here.

Questions? Call the GWRCCC office at (2020 671-1580 or email Laurel Mack-Wilson, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]

Happy Women's History Month!

Take this moment to appreciate the women of GWRCCC

GWRCCC Board of Directors

Jill Hamilton

Jill Hamilton, President of Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc (SESI) and GWRCCC Board Chair

Anne Steckel, Principal Ardent Strategies and GWRCCC Vice Chair

Carla Longshore, Associate Director of Transit Delivery, DC Department Of Transportation and GWRCCC Board Secretary

Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association and GWRCCC Board Member

R. Denise Everson, Thinkbox and GWRCCC Board Member

Sheryl Ponds, CEO, DaiTech Corp and GWRCCC Board Member

GWRCCC Staff and Consultants

Kimberly Harden, GWRCCC Association Manager

Dianne Little, GWRCCC Executive Assistant

Jill Harrison, GWRCCC Graphic Design Consultant,

Laurel Mack-Wilson, GWRCCC Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Eleanor Cupp, GWRCCC Web Designer

Khadijah Shaw, GWRCCC Workforce Development Intern

Welcome to our New Social Media Intern, Kiara Moore!

Kiara Moore is a junior Broadcast Journalism major at Bowie State University and is graduating in May 2025. As a communications and social media intern for GWRCCC, she has been dedicated to honing her skills in effective communication and bringing awareness to the cause of the organization. She brings a fresh perspective to the team, eager to contribute innovative ideas and enhance the organization’s outreach efforts.

She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. but currently lives in Bowie, MD. She is currently a campus ambassador for Good Molecules, a prominent skincare brand and a part of the Bowie State Gospel Choir. She enjoys reading romance novels, working out at the gym, binging old Disney+ classics and writing!

GWRCCC in the Community

GWRCCC Opening Reception - DC

Thank you our sponsor, Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc, our host Pepco and our co-MC Ebony McMorris. We hope to see you at the GWRCCC Opening Reception in Baltimore on March 19!

Transportation Energy Partners Energy Independence Summit

GWRCCC Advocated on behalf of our stakeholders and the region for increased clean energy and transportation infrastructure and funding at the White House. Watch this recap video.

Blink Charging Installed EV Chargers for the City of Frederick with the MAEP Program

Congratulations to Blink and the City of Frederick, MD for installing public EV charging stations under the Mid- Atlantic- Electrification Partnership (MAEP)!

Watch the press event here

Clean Fuels Conference

Our CEO/Executive Director moderated the Strength in Numbers: State Legislation Driving Clean Fuels Across America panel at the Clean Fuels Conference in Fort Worth, Texas

Listen to the Newest Episode of our Podcast,

Green Leaders: On the Move with Korey Neal, Sr.

GWRCCC Fleet Coaching

GWRCCC is offering 30 minutes of coaching for a limited number of fleets each month. Do you need to train your workforce on emission reducing practices or transitioning to a clean energy fleet? We can help you!

For more information, contact the GWRCCC office at (202) 671-1580.


Click the flyer to register

New Members Orientation

March 12

11 AM - 12 PM


EV 101 Webinar

March 13

7 - 8 PM


Monthly Clean Energy & Transportation Industry Meeting

(Previously Monthly Stakeholders' Meeting)

March 14

10 - 11 PM


Biodiesel & Propane Forum

March 19

10 - 11:30 AM



Opening Reception - Baltimore

March 19

6 - 8:00 PM

Rusty Scupper - Baltimore

Women in Clean Energy Forum

March 25

2 - 3:30 PM


Accelerating Access to EV & Biodiesel at Local Fueling Stations

March 26

1 - 2 PM


Electric Vehicle Community Preparedness Workshop in partnership with the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

March 27

11 AM - 1 PM

Register Here

Ron Flowers Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Oak Creek Golf Course, Upper Marlboro, MD

View the Sponsorship Package

Thinking About Installing Workplace Charging?

Sign the EMPOWER Pledge and Receive $250!

By signing the EMPOWER Program pledge, your business or organization pledges to try to provide resources and guidance to ensure EV charging is accessible to all communities in the DC, Maryland, Virginia region. Join us in promoting sustainability for employees in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region.

We don’t need project specifics, just a commitment; by signing, you will try to install at least one EV charging station in the future. Once you sign the pledge, we will give you $250 and access to resources to help you through the workplace charging installation process.

Contact Durrell Jones at [email protected], Darryl Barnes at [email protected] or call the office at (202) 671-1580 with questions.

Sign the Pledge

Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the $5 million Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program, funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office). Managed by NREL, the CBPA provides free technical assistance to create comprehensive and customized bus electrification plans for fleets across the United States.

Applications for assistance are open on a rolling basis through Sept. 30, 2024, giving fleets an opportunity to fully understand their needs before applying for support. This new program will reduce the burden of electrification by helping fleet managers create a step-by-step plan to transition their bus fleet. Learn more.

Clean Ports Program Zero-Emission

Technology Deployment Competition NOFO

The nearly $2.8 billion Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition will directly fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure to reduce mobile source emissions at U.S. ports. Eligible uses of funding include human-operated and maintained zero-emission cargo handling equipment, harbor craft and other vessels, electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and a number of other technology investments. Applications under this competition will be evaluated under multiple tiers in order to ensure that funds are distributed across ports of different sizes and types, and to ensure funding for ports serving Tribal communities.

The funding for the two Clean Ports Program grant competitions is available to port authorities; state, regional, local, or Tribal agencies that have jurisdiction over a port authority or port; air pollution control agencies; and private entities that apply in partnership with an eligible entity above, and that own, operate or use facilities, cargo-handling equipment, transportation equipment, or related technology of a port. The funding can be used for projects at water ports (coastal and inland) as well as projects at facilities where goods are transferred between rail cars and trucks (dry ports).

Clean Ports Program Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition

The approximately $150 million Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition will fund climate and air quality planning activities at U.S. ports — including emissions inventories, strategy analysis, community engagement, and resiliency measure identification. Together, these opportunities will advance next-generation, clean technologies that will more safely and efficiently drive the movement of goods and passengers at our nation’s ports, a critical part of America’s supply chain infrastructure while reducing pollution and advancing environmental justice.

The funding for the two Clean Ports Program grant competitions is available to port authorities; state, regional, local, or Tribal agencies that have jurisdiction over a port authority or port; air pollution control agencies; and private entities that apply in partnership with an eligible entity above, and that own, operate or use facilities, cargo-handling equipment, transportation equipment, or related technology of a port. The funding can be used for projects at water ports (coastal and inland) as well as projects at facilities where goods are transferred between rail cars and trucks (dry ports).

Federal EV Tax Credits

The IRS has issued new guidance on electric vehicle (EV) tax credits for 2023.


Manufacturers and Models for New Qualified Clean Vehicles Purchased in 2023 or After

If you bought and placed in service a new qualified plug-in electric vehicle (EV) or fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on January 1, 2023 or later and meet certain income limitations, you may be eligible for a clean vehicle tax credit up to $7,500.


Credits for New Clean Vehicles Purchased in 2023 or After

If you buy a new plug-in electric vehicle (EV) or fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in 2023 or after, you may qualify for a clean vehicle tax credit. Find out if you qualify.

Alternative Fuels Tax Credits and Grants

New tax credits and grants have been released for alternative fuels by the Federal government and are available online at the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. Tax credits for biofuels, electric vehicles and related infrastructure are included. Grants include port electrification programs under the EPA.

More Information

Preparing to Apply for DOT Funding in 2024?

Dozens of discretionary grant funding opportunities provided through the BIL will be made available over the next twelve months from virtually every operating administration at DOT. To help your organization prepare for the coming year, bookmark DOT’s Calendar of Key Notices of Funding Opportunitiessee how prepared you may be as an applicant by working through our Grant Application Checklist; and check out other resources available on the DOT Navigator along with more detailed information available on each program’s specific webpage. If your organization unsuccessfully submitted an application in FY 2023, look to see if you can still request a debrief from the DOT program to learn more about your application’s strengths and weaknesses to help prepare a stronger application in the coming year.

Technical Assistance to Support Electric Vehicle Deployment

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), in partnership with FHWA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), offers free technical assistance on the planning, deployment, operation, and maintenance of a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses. Technical assistance is available to states, communities, tribal nations, school districts, and transit agencies.

DC Moves Forward with Advanced Clean Cars II Program

Recently, DC announced its formal adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) II Rule, which requires auto manufacturers to ensure that every new light-duty car sold in the District is a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) by 2035. ACC II would set the District on a path to lower vehicle emissions and kickstart a healthy transition to electric vehicles and cleaner air. 

Department of Energy and Environment – Environmental Protection Specialist

This position is in the Air Quality Division of the Environmental Services Administration. The incumbent in this position will assist in the development and drafting of environmental policies, regulations, guidelines, procedures, and forms. They will work on one or more environmental programs and assist in planning, developing, preparing, and implementing Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and similar quality control measures relating to specific environmental disciplines. For more information and to apply, visit and enter job ID 25245. Applications are due March 27.

Biden-Harris Administration invests $3B into clean ports as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the launch of the $3 billion Clean Ports Program to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure to tackle the climate crisis and improve air quality at U.S. ports as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The funding opportunities were created under President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act — the largest climate investment in history — and will advance environmental justice by reducing diesel pollution from U.S. ports in surrounding communities, while creating good-paying jobs.

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