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News and Success Stories

December 5, 2013 - Four Local Fleets Certified "Green" for Superb Environmental Performance


The 2013 Evergreen Fleets include Quest Diagnostics, Snohomish County, CleanScapes, and Waste Management.

Read the news release.

August 16, 2013 - Pierce Transit First Fleet to Fuel With Renewable Natural Gas


Our local NPR affiliate, KPLU, features Western Washington Clean Cities and member Pierce Transit in this segment on renewable natural gas - and the momentum it's gaining as a transportation fuel in our region.

Read and listen here.

August 6, 2013 - 2013 Legislative Session Update - Top 4 Things for Clean Cities Members


This special 2-page report outlines the top four legislative session and budget impacts that Western Washington Clean Cities members should know about.

Read the 2013 Legislative Session Update.

July 19, 2013 - Local Fleets Report Massive Fuel Savings in 2012


Through Western Washington Clean Cities initiatives, over 75 local fleets collectively eliminated the use of 13.6 million gallons of petroleum in 2012. By switching to cleaner, alternative fuels and implementing efficiency measures, these fleets also reduced $38 million in spending on foreign oil and prevented the emission of more than 93 thousand tons of greenhouse gas pollution.

Read the news release.

May 2013 - Seeking Applications for Diesel Emission Reduction Projects


The Coalition and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency are seeking local project partners for a 2013 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant application. Federal funding of $150,000 to $350,000 is available competitively in our region. Our Agency can only submit one diesel emission reduction project to the US EPA from the pool of partner applications we receive. Applications will be evaluated on their diesel reduction per dollar and ability to meet US EPA desirability and eligibility criteria. Applications are due May 24, 2013.

Detailed information available on PSCAA website.

December 2012 - Four Local Fleets Certified Green for Superb Environmental Performance


Four local fleets received top honors for their environmental performance and became certified through the Evergreen Fleets program. CleanScapes became the first ever to certify at the five-star level. The 2012 Evergreen Fleets were announced at a ceremony on December 11, 2012 and included CleanScapes, Waste Management, City of Snoqualmie, and Quest Diagnostics.

Read the press release.

Western Washington Clean Cities partners with EcoCar2 teams


Western Washington Clean Cities has recently kicked off exciting new partnerships with the EcoCAR 2 teams from the University of Washington and University of Victoria, British Columbia. The EcoCAR 2 competition is a US Department of Energy sponsored challenge to develop green vehicle technology and educate consumers on the importance of sustainability. We are looking forward to supporting local innovation and developments in alternative vehicle technology.

Read more about the University of Washington EcoCAR 2 team here.

Read more about the University of Victoria EcoCAR 2 team here.

Recovery Act Petroleum Reduction Projects - $15 Million


In 2009, the Coalition (then known as Puget Sound Clean Cities) received $15 Million in competitive grant funding for a variety of alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects. These projects will be completed by 2012. To learn more about these successful projects, fact sheets describing each project area are now available:

Seattle Tacoma International Airport ground support equipment electrification.
Evergreen Fleets receive grant support to purchase more than 200 alt fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installation Project funds 125 additional charging stations in Puget Sound.
CNG Taxi Incentive Program focuses on taxis servicing Sea-Tac International Airport (Sea-Tac).

Coalition Success Stories

The following presents a small sampling of the successes of the Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition and its members.

Essential Baking  uses B99 to deliver organic baked goods in Puget Sound.
City of Olympia  cleans up its fleets.
City of Seattle  unveils clean, green fleet policies.
City of Tacoma  started using a blend of diesel fuel and biodiesel in its entire diesel fleet
Intercity Transit in Olympia is fueled with biodiesel.
King County Metro Transit uses cleaner fuels and buses in its transit bus fleet.
Northwest Trek  "Biodiesel: A Natural Fit in Widlife Park"
Pierce Transit  powers its bus fleet with compressed natural gas
Port of Seattle  is implementing an alternative fuels program
Saybr Contractors:  at the crossroads of construction and conservation
Snohomish County  helps local farmers grow biodiesel seed crops for use in county vehicles.
Waste Management  invests millions in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure.

Awards and Recognitions

Coordinator Award Presented to Puget Sound's Stephanie Meyn
At the 2010 National Clean Cities Leadership Conference, Stephanie Meyn, the Program Manager of Puget Sound Clean Cities received recognition as the northwest region nominee for Coordinator of the Year.

PSCCC Honored at Recent Clean Cities Congress
 At the 2006 Clean Cities Congress and Expo, GM gave awards to top performing Coalitions in 2005. PSCCC was honored to receive one of these awards.

Coordinator Award Presented to Puget Sound's Linda Graham
 At the 2004 National Clean Cities Conference, Linda J. Graham, Director for the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition, received recognition with the Coordinator Excellence Award for the Seattle/Western region. This honor was given to one coordinator in each of the 7 Department of Energy regions across the United States. Linda was recognized for her work in leading the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition to boast a significant increase in the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, the development of new alternative fuels stations, her writing and lobbying for state legislation, achieving local and national media attention, and much more. Linda's hard work and that of the Coalition's many members is a powerful combination that has made the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition a great success.

Puget Sound Coalition Honored at 2004 National Clean Cities Conference 
For the second year in a row, the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition has ranked among the top ten performing coalitions in the country. This designation is determined by the Department of Energy based on numerous factors, including the Coalition's ability to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling stations. The Coalition's progress in 2003 placed it among the top ten out of 83 Clean Cities organizations around the country. 
Ron Shipley of Pierce Transit Honored as 2004 AFV Hero of the Year  Ron Shipley at Pierce Transit has been recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) as the AFV Hero of the Year. Each year, DOE honors companies, government entities and individuals that have made significant, long-term contributions to advancing the use of alternative fuels in cars and trucks. There is no doubt that Ron deserves the honor in recognition of all his efforts to create a CNG transit fleet and helping to advance the entire heavy-duty CNG industry. 

Intercity Transit Gets State's Top Environmental Award for 2003
Intercity Transit, which serves Olympia/Thurston County, received Washington State's top environmental award for pioneering the use of biodiesel in its entire fleet of buses. The Washington State Department of Ecology presented its Environmental Excellence Award to Intercity Transit during a joint transit Authority and Citizens Work Group meeting November 17, 2003

Coalition Members Honored by U.S. Department of Energy 

The Department of Energy's National Partner Awards honor companies, government entities and individuals that have made significant, long-term contributions to advancing the use of alternative fuels in cars and trucks. Among the winners in 2002 were Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition members the City of Tacoma, ENRG, Inc. and the American Lung Association.

Puget Sound Ranked as Top Ten Coalition in 2002  
The U.S. Department of Energy has ranked the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition among the top ten performing coalitions for 2002

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