Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program (VTP), Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Clean Cities contributes to the energy, environmental, and economic security of the United States by supporting local decisions to reduce our dependence on imported petroleum.
The Southern Colorado Clean Cities (SoCO CC) Coalition is a neutral consult for organization wanting to learn more about alternative fuels and petroleum reduction strategies for their vehicle fleets. Clean Cities has access to a national network of over 20,000 stakeholder organizations, technical tools and resources developed by national labs, and over 20 years of the experience in the industry. Though, we operate on a very local basis, working with local stakeholder organizations across our region, covering local and state governments, utilities, fuel providers, station developers, automakers, dealerships, and many more. Together, we provide tacit knowledge about deploying alternative fuels in Colorado.
In 2016, stakeholders of SoCO CC displaced 4 million gallons of petroleum and 33,000 tons of greenhouse gases. The data can be reviewed in the Annual Petroleum Displacement Report under strategic documents that is completed every March. Since its inception in 1993, the Clean Cities national network and its stakeholders have displaced more than 8.5 billion gallons of petroleum, helped deploy 592,000 alternative fuel vehicles, supported 16,000 alternative fuel and charging stations, and promoted the creation of 200 alternative fuel and hybrid vehicle models. For more information on the national accomplishments of the Clean Cities program and alternative fuel industry, visit the Alternative Fuel Data Center.
The Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition was officially established as a designated Clean Cities Coalition in 1994, as the Colorado Springs Clean Cities Program. In 2013, the coalition was taken on as program of the American Lung Association in Colorado to create a tighter network of Clean Cities Coalitions across the state. All technologies supported by Clean Cities lead to cleaner air and have a positive impact on lung health.
The mission of the Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition is to reduce dependence on petroleum based fuels, promote the use of alternative alternative fuels and technologies, and improve air quality. SoCO CC strives to advance our nation’s economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local initiatives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. We do so by developing partnerships between both public and private organizations in southern Colorado that promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, idle reduction, and alternative modes of transportation.
Though based in Colorado Springs, the SoCO CC territory spans over 38 counties and 62,891 square miles of beautiful, southern Colorado. Colorado Springs is the 2nd most populous city in Colorado and 42nd over all in the nation. This provides the SoCO CC with the opportunity to build alternative fuel options in both urban and rural settings. Moving forward, we envision a collaborative and coherent approach to advancing the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector through multiple stakeholder channels including existing businesses, local governments, fleet owners, energy entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, and other public and private agencies in the region with similar goals.
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Janell Lindberg is the Coordinator for Southern Colorado Clean Cities. Her role includes consulting with the Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition board, stakeholders, funders, and works to expand the Coalition’s influence through the advocacy of petroleum reduction.
Janell received her B.ASc. in Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Minnesota Duluth where she learned about the environmental impacts of energy consumption, pollution, waste, and other anthropogenic factors. After finishing her degree, she worked for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to advance solar power generation on university campuses. She is excited to now apply her experience and education towards improving air quality and reducing our dependence on imported petroleum through Clean Cities.