Western WA Clean Cities Celebrates 20 Years!

As the national Clean Cities program celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are joining the party by marking our 20th year. The Western Washington Clean Cities coalition was born in 1998 as the 64th coalition of the Clean Cities family. The timeline below showcases major milestones highlighting progress along the way in reducing greenhouse gas pollution, expanding the use of clean fuels, and the Coalition’s role in supporting sustainable transportation solutions.

Our coalition got its early beginnings in 1997 with an inaugural stakeholders meeting composed of the City of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Program, the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, King County, the National Association of Fleet Administrators, and several local environmental non-profit organizations, many of which are still active members of the coalition.

In the years since, we have grown to include a network of 50 organizations around western Washington. Because of our members’ collective efforts, the coalition successfully replaced nearly 150 million gallons of petroleum since 2009 and we continue to progress each year.

“Western Washington Clean Cities has supported many of our alternative fueled vehicle and employee outreach initiatives. And served as a resource to many jurisdictions throughout the four counties.”
   --King County, one of the coalition's founding members.

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Some noteworthy collaborations between the Coalition and our members:

  • Quest Field Nissan Ride and Drive - we facilitated an early demonstration of the pre-production Nissan LEAF in 2009.
  • Metropool Rideshare Program - we assisted with the life cycle analysis that formed the basis for establishing one of the nation's first all-electric vehicle rideshare programs.
  • Our coalition team members have offered training sessions on alternative fuels and vehicles for numerous fleet managers and energy subcommittee meetings.
  • In 2014, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 200 tons through Idle Reduction projects.
  • We deployed over 650 alternative fuel vehicles as well as more than 200 CNG taxis at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

trolleytrolley IITwo early electric trolley buses in Seattle (the #36 and #10) -- some of the first alternative fuel vehicles in Washington!

Other Washington fun facts from our 20 years of kickin’ gas:

  • The first alternative fuel station in Washington was installed in 1985 in Enumclaw. The station is still operational today, providing the public with compressed natural gas (CNG).
  • Washington State Ferries started using B5 biodiesel in 2004 (now B10), saving nearly a million gallons of fuel and approximately $750,000 in fuel costs in their first four years.
  • In 2017, Washington had the nation’s second lowest average retail electricity price due to the relatively low operating costs of hydroelectric power generation.
  • In 2018, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) became the first state agency in Washington to purchase a plug-in hybrid work truck.

Happy 20th Anniversary and congratulations to all of our members for doing your part to kick gas in western Washington!