Work has begun to establish a new U.S. DOE Clean Cities Coalition in Witchita, KS, tentatively titled Central Kansas Clean Cities. The coalition will be coordinated by Kay Johnson, a recent addition to the Metropolitan Energy Center. (Kansas City Regional Clean Cities is a program of the Metropolitan Energy Center). In addition to designing and implementing the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition, Johnson will be responsible for managing the Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation project, which will focus on diversifying transportation fuel options in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.

Johnson has a background in environmental health and safety with broad experience in industrial and chemical manufacturing, as well as in the EHS technical services and public sectors. She will also bring her experience with regulatory permitting, auditing, remediation, hazardous conditions assessment, and hazmat emergency response to her new position as Program Manager for the Metropolitan Energy Center.

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The Clean Cities program, founded to reduce our nation’s reliance on petroleum, will soon welcome a newly-formed coalition in Witchia, KS, tentatively titled Central Kansas Clean Cities. The coalition will be coordinated by Kay Johnson. Credit: Pat Corkery / NREL.

Clean Cities was founded in 1993 to advance the nation’s deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, idle-reduction measures, and new technologies as they emerge. Currently, the Clean Cities program manages a national network of nearly 100 local coalitions. Clean Cities projects and activities have saved more than 4.5 billion gallons of petroleum and have helped to place more than 660,000 alternative fuel vehicles on the road. In addition, the coalitions are working on collectively saving 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year by 2020 through a variety of techniques, such as replacing petroleum with alternative and renewable fuels, reducing petroleum consumption through smarter driving practices and fuel economy improvements, and eliminating petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently attended the Clean Cities’ 20th anniversary event, which highlighted the history, lessons learned, and successes of the program. For the full story, please visit:

The NAFTC would like to extend its warmest congratulations and well wishes to the newest Clean Cities Coalition, Central Kansas Clean Cities, and its coordinator Kay Johnson.

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