December 2017 Edition -- Season's Greetings!

Clean Fuels 101 Webinar Series, Steering Committee Election Results, Annual Data Survey, Member Updates, eGSE, 2018 Fuel Economy Guide

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Join Us For An Electrifying Morning
What do you get when you combine fleet professionals, coffee and electrifying topics? Come to our inaugural Jolts & Volts workshop to find out! Jolts & Volts is our new morning workshop series that will address ways to electrify your fleet, your community, your workplace – and more. With coffee.

We’ll kick off the series on January 9th, with a focus on fleet electrification.

Learn how other fleets are tackling electrification, including installing charging infrastructure, teaching drivers how to operate an electric vehicle, and the differences in maintaining an EV compared to fossil-fueled cars.

We'll also take a tour of the City of Seattle's garage where we'll learn how they completed one of the largest EV charging installations in the country.

What: Jolts & Volts Workshop | Electrify Your Fleet
When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Where: Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4050
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members -- Coffee and light breakfast will be provided.

In case you've missed it, we're taking the opportunity at end of the year to review the basics around clean fuels in Washington State. From EVs to renewable diesel, our five-part webinar series has touched on why certain fuels are good for the climate, their best vehicle uses, and where they're readily available in Washington.

Couldn't make it earlier? The recordings and presentations for each webinar are available on our website .

And don't miss our last webinar on Wednesday , January 10 at 10 a.m. where we'll take a closer look at gaseous fuels, like natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels, like RNG & RPG -- register here .
Meet Our New Steering Committee Members!
The results are official -- please join us in welcoming our newly-elected Steering Committee members:
  • George Donegan, University of Washington
  • Kristal Fiser, United Parcel Service
  • Karin Landsberg, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Jim Parvey, City of Tacoma
  • Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle
Our Steering Committee guides key decisions for the coalition, including strategic direction, project focus areas and event planning. This year's elected Steering Committee members will join Jennifer Lindwall (King County), Ben Farrow (Puget Sound Energy), Mark Stephens (Snohomish County Public Utility District) and Jim Jensen (WSU Energy Program) as we make new plans to advance alternative fuels across the region.

We thank all of the stellar candidates who showed an interest in serving. We also thank our our outgoing Steering Committee members for sharing their expertise over the years, helping keep our coalition growing and pointed in the right direction.

Let's continue kicking gas!
Coming Soon: Annual Data Survey!

The U.S. Department of Energy's annual data survey is one of the primary ways we can see how clean and green our region is becoming -- and we can't do it without your help.

Early next year, we'll be contacting many of you to ask what kind of fuel (& how much) your fleet used over the course of 2017. Please fill the survey out at your earliest convenience. Those who return their surveys on time will receive a special thank you gift!
Member Updates

Find out who is paving the way in the field of alternative fuels. 
City of Seattle: Taking Charge

The City of Seattle installed over 200 electric vehicle charging stations for fleet vehicles in 2017, including 156 in the Seattle Municipal Tower parking garage and two DC fast chargers for fleet operations.

Don't miss our workshop next month for a chance to see this impressive charging station installation for yourself.
City of Redmond: Alt Fuel All-Stars

The City of Redmond is proud to have continued their efforts to green its fleet during 2017 with nearly 20% of the City's fleet now running on alternative fuel.

After adding new charging stations, the City added five electric vehicles to replace older gasoline fueled vehicles. Additionally, the City put into service propane vehicles throughout last year which have already started providing substantial environmental and financial savings -- as of June 2017, the vehicles have saved the City over $10,000 and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18,000 pounds.
King County: Energy Efficiency Accolades

Look what happens when you turn off the lights!

King County was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for their extensive retrofit of King County International Airport. By adding advanced lighting controls, installing LED lights and upgrading the mechanical and lighting systems, the airport has reduced its energy consumption by 63%.
ROUSH CleanTech: New Opportunity To Join Their Team

ROUSH Clean Tech has an opportunity to join the company as a Fleet Business Development Manager for the Western Region. The position will be responsible for developing new business and maintaining relationships with school bus dealers and customers throughout the western United States. The new hire will have the chance to work from home and will likely travel up to 75% of the time.

For more information, and to apply, visit ROUSH CleanTech's website .
University of Washington: Advancing To The Ethanol Elite

In 2017, the University of Washington's fleet displaced over 53,000 gallons of traditional unleaded fuel with E-85 biofuel. A quarter of the University's fleet-managed assets are now flex-fueled vehicles and contribute to UW's efforts in reducing its overall carbon footprint.

Kudos to UW for its Husky-sized efforts this year!
Washington State Department of Ecology: Website Refresh

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently unveiled a brand new website . The redesigned website is intended to be mobile-friendly and help visitors find what they're looking for quickly and efficiently.

Have any thoughts on the new look? Ecology encourages visitors who have input to use the feedback form at the bottom of every webpage.
Washington State Department of Transportation: More Clean Cars

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently purchased a Ford F150 XLP plug-in work truck and expects it to be delivered in March 2018. The XLP plug-in hybrid electric technology seamlessly installs onto a Ford F-150 pickup and increases the truck's fuel economy by 50%. The truck will charge using using the industry standard J1772 plug on Levels 1 and 2. 

WSDOT also added eight Chevrolet Bolts to their fleet in 2017!
Thank You Renewing Members

Many thanks to the organizations that recently renewed their membership with us. Your support keeps our coalition strong!
  • City of Seattle (member since 1998)
  • Kitsap County (2015)
  • Nissan North America (2014)
  • Snohomish County (2006)
  • WSU Energy Program (1999)

Western Washington Clean Cities is a proud partner of the Green Transportation Summit & Expo, coming back to Tacoma next year, April 17-19.

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible, and have a special, time-limited discount to offer our members .

Clean Cities members can attend GTSE for just $99 , if you register before January 12, 2018. That’s a savings of $126!

Want to take your involvement with GTSE to the next level? GTSE is a great way to showcase your business or organization in front of thousands of fleet managers and clean fuel professionals. There's two ways to participate:
  • Sponsor or Exhibitor -- reach a targeted audience by sponsoring a session at GTSE or highlighting your organization at the conference's exhibit hall.
  • Community Partner -- a no cost, cross-promotional program to help spread the word about GTSE in exchange for logo recognition, the opportunity to bring materials onsite to our event and more.

Making Airport Equipment Cleaner

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is leading the way!

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new fact sheet on the promising future of electric ground support equipment (eGSE) at airports, such as the vehicles used at Sea-Tac . New eGSE have several benefits over their diesel counterparts, such as their low-end torque, efficiency during frequent start/stop cycles and idling events, and short required ranges.

Another benefit is that electric chargers can be safely installed in more locations throughout an airport than diesel refueling stations, which reduces GSE traffic and non-productive travel.

Winter Is Coming

The wintertime season is officially tomorrow, which can make an impact on electric vehicles' battery range. Colder temperatures slow the movement of ions in an EV's battery, decreasing its capacity for stored power.

But fear not -- the U.S. Department of Energy is on the case. They offer four helpful tips on how to get the most of your EV battery during the winter while still staying nice and warm.

But What's Its MPG?

The U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency just published their annual Fuel Economy Guide .

The Guide helps new car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. The online version of the Guide is updated regularly on as additional information is submitted by the auto manufacturers. New and used car buyers can also use the Find-a-Car feature to compare the fuel economy of all vehicles sold in the United States since 1984.   

Season's Greetings!

As 2017 winds to a close, we hope you have a restful holiday and wish you a happy and fulfilling new year.

--Western Washington Clean Cities