October 2017 Edition

Clean Fuels 101 Webinar Series, Call For Steering Committee Nominations, New & Renewing Members, Member Updates, Reading Room, Discounted AFVs, King County Metro's Battery Buses, Saving Petroleum, Our Members Tell Us Why They Love EVs, West Coast Electric Fleets

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Interested in learning about how to make your organization's fleet clean & green?

You're invited to join us next month for a five-part webinar series on clean fuels in Washington State!

We'll start off the series with an introduction to alternative fuels, including current federal and state legislation and incentives, the air quality impacts of using alternative fuels in comparison to petroleum-based fuels, and the greenhouse gas impacts of each fuel based on how they're produced and transported to Washington.

We'll then highlight different alternative fuels and fleet technologies, including their benefits and challenges, overall climate impact, and availability in Washington.

Webinar Schedule :

Note: All webinars will start at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time)
For more information on each webinar (and to register), see our website .
Join Our Steering Committee!
Do you want to become more involved with efforts to advance sustainable transportation in our region? Consider joining our Steering Committee!

Our Steering Committee guides key decisions for the coalition, including strategic direction, project focus areas and event planning. Steering Committee members serve a two-year term, and commit to attending quarterly meetings -- at which tasty treats are always provided.

Any employee of any Western Washington Clean Cities member organization in good standing is eligible. You can nominate yourself, or a colleague. If you nominate a colleague, we will confirm his/her interest in running before adding them to the ballot.

We thank all of our current Steering Committee members for everything they do to support our work and advance our mission – and give a special shout-out to Matt Stewart, Jefferson County, and Ron Kahler, City of Renton, who are both stepping down after many years of involvement. Our coalition is better because of you!

Have questions about Steering Committee? Feel free to reach out to Kimberley – or any of our current Steering Committee members.
New & Renewing Members

It's always a great thing to keep growing -- and this month is no exception since we have three new members!

Many thanks as well to this month's renewing members. We're grateful to have you as part of our ever-expanding coalition:
  • City of Mercer Island (member since 2009)
  • Click Wholesale Distributing (2014)
  • King County (1998)
  • Pierce County (2010)
  • Puget Sound Energy (1999)
  • Recology CleanScapes (2011)
  • Roush CleanTech (2009)
  • Tacoma Public Utilities (2010)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1998)
  • Washington State Department of Commerce (2002)
  • Washington State Department of Ecology (1998)
  • Waste Management (2010)
New Member: Bryson Sales & Service

We're pleased to welcome Bryson Sales & Service to our coalition.

With 42 years of experience, Bryson Sales & Service of Washington is built on a foundation of strong and lasting friendships, customer service, and a philosophy of "doing the right thing" for the customer. Based in Everett, Bryson has everything school bus-related you could want, from complete vehicles to intricate parts and detailed service. products and services. REG is an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. For more information, especially on their clean-burning, propane autogas-fueled school buses, visit their website .

Thanks for joining us Bryson! We're proud to have you on board supporting clean fuels in Western Washington. 
New Member: Snohomish School District

We're happy to make a stop for another new member school district -- Snohomish School District. Snohomish serves over 10,000 students and 15 schools from kindergarten through high school. And they're also starting to make the transition to cleaner school buses.

In fact, at the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation conference in August, we learned that the district's school bus drivers unanimously prefer propane buses!
New Member: Workhorse

Workhorse Group Inc. is an original equipment manufacturer of battery electric vehicles. Workhorse has recently have been in the news for their Drone Delivery System, but the company is most well-known for their W-15 all-electric pickup truck.

Although it has yet to be formally released, the W-15 has a range of 80 miles and comes with an option for a gas-fueled range extender. Interested in the consumer version of the W-15? Sign up here .

Thanks to Workhorse for joining Clean Cities! Your membership is a true pick-up for our coalition.
Member Updates

Find out who is paving the way in the field of alternative fuels. 
Recology: Recovering Resources, Reducing Waste

Do you know where your recycled cans, bottles and paper go once they leave your home or office? Members of the Western Washington Clean Cities Steering Committee recently had the opportunity to learn what happens to those recycled materials, through a tour of Recology CleanScapes’ resource recovery center in South Seattle. What a tour it was! This recycling center alone processes over 300 tons of recycling every single day.

We also learned about Recology CleanScape’s Artist in Residence program, and their Waste Zero education programs for kids of all ages. They even have stores in communities around the Puget Sound region where customers can drop off recyclables and shop products that help reduce waste. Check out their website to more learn about these programs, or schedule a tour of your own!

Special thanks to Steering Committee member and Recology CleanScapes Waste Zero Specialist Danielle Gambogi for organizing.
City of Seattle: Amping Up Access To Charging

Kudos to the City of Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDOT) for their award of $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the expansion of electric vehicles across the city.

The grant will increase the supply of fast-charging stations, focusing on the potential for combining EV charging with shared mobility options, like ride sharing services such as Lyft or Uber. Western Washington Clean Cities is pleased to partner with SDOT on this exciting initiative.
City of Tacoma: November Ride & Drive Event 

Join the City of Tacoma, Forth, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for an electric vehicle ride & drive event next month on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m.

Multiple EVs will be available to drive, including the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S, as well as e-bikes from Tacoma Bike .
WSDOT: Emphasizing Electric Highways

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has awarded $1 million in grants for the expansion of electric vehicle fast-chargers on along the state's busiest highways -- I-5, I-90, I-82, I-182 & U.S. Route 395. Funding for the new stations comes from WSDOT's electric vehicle infrastructure pilot program.

We've got our eyes on a wide variety of alternative fuel resources this fall. See what we've been reading lately:
  • From Gas To Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure To Power Electric Vehicle Demand -- The Rocky Mountain Institute outlines how the public sector can use a coordinated approach to installing EV charging stations.
  • 2017 GREET Model Update -- Argonne National Laboratory has released the update to their Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, & Energy Use In Transportation (GREET) Model, which allows users to calculate life cycle analyses of alt fuels and vehicle technologies.
  • Fuel Efficiency, Consumers & Income -- The Union of Concerned Scientists highlight the benefits of improving vehicle efficiency, from reducing pollution to saving money for drivers, particularly rural households.
  • NDEW 2017 -- The U.S. Department of Energy is charged up about this year's National Drive Electric Week, which reached over 40,000 people.
Discounted Alt Fuel Vehicles Are Here!

Fleets for the Future (F4F) has announced exclusive offers on alternative fuel and electric vehicles for public sector fleets. 

Through a new partnership with National Joint Powers Alliance, F4F is coordinating a national procurement initiative to  make alternative fuel vehicles available at lower prices to fleets .   Available vehicles and equipment range from natural gas trucks to plug-in hybrid sedans, as well as full electric shuttle buses and cargo vans. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure and associated services are also newly available. 

During October only , Zenith and National Auto Fleet Group are offering an additional discount on vehicles through F4F.

Now Recruiting: Washington's Road Usage Charge

Think a pay-by-the-mile charge could replace the state's gas tax? Washington Road Usage Charge is looking for 2,000 Washingtonian drivers to participate in a first for the state: a pilot project testing out a road usage charge.

Participation in the pilot project is free and will help the state's Transportation Commission determine if a road usage charge is feasible.

From Our Blog
Next Stop: Clean Air

If you can’t hear a bus coming, is it still on time?

Not too long ago, Western Washington Clean Cities got a closer look at King County Metro’s electric battery buses. And what we saw made us excited for the future!

Electric battery buses are still a relatively new technology, so bumps and bruises are inevitably picked up along the way. During a day-long showcase, King County, as well as other public transit authorities from New York City and Vancouver, presented to regional transit agencies the benefits and challenges of owning and operating a small fleet of electric buses. The showcase also provided an opportunity for local agencies to begin planning for transit electrification.

20 Million Gallons & Counting

Did you know that 2016 was a record-setting year for Western Washington Clean Cities? For the first time, our coalition collectively displaced over 20 million gallons of petroleum! That’s the same as saving over 475,000 barrels of oil .

Not only that, our total greenhouse gas emissions reduction went from just under 100 thousand tons in 2015 to over 115 thousand tons in 2016, an increase of over 18%. Congratulations to  all of our fabulous coalition members  who contributed to these achievements.

Why Go Electric?

Western Washington Clean Cities got amped up  at National Drive Electric Week last month, celebrating the increasing availability and diversity of electric mobility options.

More electric cars than ever are on the streets. As of June 30, 2017, nearly  25,000 plug-in electric vehicles  (EVs) were registered in Washington. This reflects an increase of 37% since last year.

We asked our members about their experiences with electric vehicles. Here’s what they had to say.

Take The West Coast Electric Fleets Pledge

Is your fleet going electric, or thinking about it? Consider becoming a West Coast Electric Fleet, and joining other fleets leading the charge toward a more sustainable future. 

Nearly 70 fleets across Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia have already pledged to make zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) part of their future by joining West Coast Electric Fleets.