June 2017 Edition
2016 Clean Cities Awards, Western WA Saves 20 Million Gallons Of Gas, Future Clean Cites Event Survey, Member Updates, Would You Buy An Electric Vehicle?, More DERA Funds Available

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Earlier this month we celebrated the year's accomplishments in clean transportation at our annual Clean Cities Awards & Recognition Dinner. Many thanks to all who made it!

The evening featured delicious refreshments, two stellar speakers -- Charles Knutson, policy advisor for Gov. Jay Inslee, and Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Research at Simon Fraser University -- and awards for those in our region that are actively adopting alternative fuels and innovative vehicle technologies.

Congratulations to this year's award winners! 
  • Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle, Clean Cities Spirit Award
  • City of Redmond, Best Achievement in Propane Autogas (tie) 
  • King County, Sustainable Commitment
  • Kitsap County Public Works, Best Achievement in Propane Autogas (tie)
  • Pierce County, Best Achievement in Biofuels
  • Pierce Transit, Best Achievement in Natural Gas
  • Snohomish County Public Utility District, Best Performance by a Public Fleet
  • Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Best Achievement in Electricity
  • Waste Management, Best Performance by a Private Fleet
20 Million Gallons Of Gas Saved Last Year

The official results are in: last year, in 2016, Western Washington Clean Cites members and partners saved 20.6 million gallons of petroleum -- an 18% increase over the previous year -- all
by using clean, alternative fuels and vehicle efficiencies.

These measures also prevented more than 115,000 tons of greenhouse gas pollution -- the equivalent of taking 24,000 cars off the road. 

Kudos to all of our hard-working members for leading the Pacific Northwest towards a more sustainable future. Let's keep kickin' gas! 

Tell Us What You'd Like To Learn
As we look forward to the second half of the year (& beyond), we want to take stock of what our coalition members would like to see next. 

What kind of topics or issues should we cover in the future? Your feedback will help us plan our next events and ensure we're giving you the information and resources you need the most.

Member Updates

Find out which of our members are making moves in the field of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

New Member: Blue Bird

We're pleased to announce the addition of another new member to our coalition!

Blue Bird strives to make the world's finest school buses. And as a proud supporter of alternative fuels since 1991, Blue Bird offers both CNG and propane autogas-powered options for their customers with a nearby dealership (Bryson Sales & Service) in Everett. 

Thanks for joining us Blue Bird! We're glad you support clean transportation in the Pacific Northwest. 
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services: Exemplifying Excellence 

One of our members is racking up the accolades.

Ph ilip Saunders with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) was recognized this month with the 2017 Governor's Award for Leadership in Management by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Philip has been instrumental in revamping the state's procurement process, making it easier than ever for government fleets across Washington to obtain alternative fuel vehicles at competitive prices. Congratulations!
City of Redmond: No Idling Around 

The City of Redmond's Fire Department recently added three new Pierce vehicles to its fleet -- two pumpers and a 100-foot aerial platform. Each vehicle comes with idle reduction technology, which gives firefighters the option to turn off the engine once they arrive on scene and keep power running (except when pumping water). 

The idle reduction systems save fuel, cut down on pollution, such as carbon monoxide, and prolong the lifetime of the vehicles' engines. The systems also make for a much quieter (& safer) working environment.
Question of the Month 

How can I compare the energy content of alternative fuels and gasoline or diesel? 
Would You Buy An Electric Car?

Michigan State University (MSU) is currently conducting a survey to better understand electric vehicle purchasing decisions and any challenges owners face with charging their EVs. The results will help MSU's research team develop sustainable options for EV charging. 

The survey is national in scope and is broken into two parts: one for electric vehicle owners; the other for members of the general public who do not currently own an electric vehicle. Each takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

If you are an electric vehicle owner, click here.
Click here if you do not own an electric vehicle.

EPA Makes More DERA Funds Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline to apply for its latest round of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. Proposals are now due by July 5, 2017.

The EPA also increased the amount of funding available from $11 million to $34 million and now has made clean alternative fuel conversions of vehicles or engines eligible for grant funding (up to 40% of the conversion cost).

DERA grant funds are awarded annually for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions, especially in areas with poor air quality.

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