Al Ebron, NAFTC Executive Director and Judy Moore, NAFTC Assistant Director Communications attended the 2009 Eastern States U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program Coordinator Peer Exchange, on June 23-25, 2009, in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting was held to provide Clean Cities coordinators the opportunity to exchange expertise, share success stories, and learn about technologies.
The meeting included presentations from each coordinator, updating those in attendance about their activities, accomplishments, and obstacles. Numerous other presentations provided industry updates and learning sessions for the coordinators and their industry partners in attendance.
Dennis Smith, National Clean Cities Director, reported that there are now 86 coalitions throughout the U.S. and together they have participated in 1,316 outreach activities, reaching audiences totaling 113 million. He also reported that 2008 preliminary results indicate the program was responsible for 287 million GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) displaced and an estimated one million tons GHG (greenhouse gas) savings.
Many other accomplishments were recognized and several new initiatives and tools were discussed. One tool that received much positive reaction was the TransAtlas Interactive Map. This interactive map uses a Google Maps interface to display alternative fueling stations and production facilities, roads and political boundaries, and light-duty vehicle density. Users can customize the map, print, and query the underlying data. You can access the TransAtlas on the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center Web site.