Clean Cities-Atlanta History
Designated the first “Clean City” by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on September 8, 1993, Clean Cities–Atlanta (CC-A) served as the central coordinating point for alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) activities in the EPA 20 County Metro-Atlanta Non-Attainment Area. Through this partnership with DOE’s Clean Cities Program, the coalition of federal, state and local agencies, utilities, public interest groups, and public and private fleets promoted the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel in cars, trucks, and buses. These alternative fuels helped clean the air while also reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign petroleum.
In 1998, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Atlanta with the Clean Cities Movers and Shakers Award for adding the greatest number of AFVs (2,600) and refueling stations (86) in its area. One of the hallmarks of this success has been the coalition's dedication to providing comprehensive alternative fuel and AFV information to fleet owners and operators.
In May of 2004, DOE announced an expanded focus for the Clean Cities program. Citing growing economic, environmental, and security costs of petroleum dependence, the Clean Cities program is focused on slowing our consumption of imported oil. Building on the past successes of Clean Cities coalitions throughout the country in promoting alternative fuels, the program now has an expanded, technology-neutral focus on petroleum displacement through fuel blends, hybrid vehicles, fuel economy, and idle reduction, in addition to the commitment to alternative fuels.
In 2009, the United States Department of Energy awarded a $15 million ARRA Grant to the Clean Cities Atlanta Coalition that will fund programming designed to reduce the use of fossil fuels in transportation vehicles. The Atlanta-based team is comprised of a public and private partnership between City of Atlanta, Coca Cola Refreshments, DeKalb County, PS Energy Group, Inc., Sustainable Atlanta and UPS.
CC-A has an active Board of Directors currently composed of 11 industry leaders in the metro Atlanta region. The 11 Board members represent a diversity of interests including state government, public fleets, private fleets, fuel providers, and auto manufacturers. The Board meets on a regular basis throughout the year.
Clean Cities Atlanta recently created the Metro Atlanta EV Readiness Task Force to address the issues surrounding the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Atlanta. The Task Force consists of partners from the State of Georgia, City of Atlanta, and a coalition of stakeholders led by Clean Cities Atlanta.
Clean Cities Program Achievements
Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities has made steady progress in displacing petroleum used in the transportation sector. The number of Clean Cities coalitions has grown to almost 90, and stakeholders have expanded to more than 8,400. Since 1993, Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders have displaced more than 2.9 billion gallons of petroleum. In 2009 alone, 446 million gallons of petroleum were displaced as a result of coalition activities. Clean Cities and its coalitions are on track to displace 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum annually by 2020.
Coalitions have made great strides in deploying alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the United States. Clean Cities efforts accounted for more than 700,000 of the AFVs on the road in 2009. Clean Cities has also played a key role in the growth of alternative fuel infrastructure across the country. Clean Cities tracks this growth on the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. In August 2010, the number of U.S. alternative fueling stations topped 6,900.
As a program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Clean Cities has used a competitive application process to award funding to more than 500 projects nationwide since 1995. In addition to Clean Cities awards, coalitions and other project award recipients secure grants and project funding from other sources, including state and local organizations in the private and public sectors.
In 2009, Clean Cities distributed 48 project awards totaling $314 million in DOE funds. Recipients used those funds to leverage an additional $524 million in matching funds. Of the $314 million in 2009 Clean Cities project awards, $300 million came in the form of one-time awards from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Clean Cities coordinators spent more than 125,000 hours in 2009 pursuing Clean Cities goals—the equivalent of having 61 full-time technical sales professionals working to reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum.
Clean Cities is an established expert resource for information related to petroleum displacement in transportation. Its Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) is a comprehensive clearinghouse of data related to advanced transportation technologies. The AFDC houses interactive tools that help fleets and consumers make transportation decisions, and a wealth of information to educate the public on alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. In addition, Clean Cities has developed databases containing historical information about vehicle availability, infrastructure growth, laws and incentives, and more. It works closely with industry and coalitions to compile and disseminate reliable and accurate information.
A couple Clean Cities Milestones are : On March 4, 2009, Clean Cities gathered in Washington to celebrate the program's 15th anniversary. Hosted by the DOE, this special event lauded the program's accomplishments since its 1993 inception, as well as the people who helped contribute to its success. For more information, visit the 15th Anniversary page. In 2004, Clean Cities coalitions across the country organized local events that recognized Clean Cities' cumulative displacement of 1 billion gallons of petroleum.