Persuasive Art to Care for our Air

“Ms. Kim, I didn’t know this was a problem before today,” said one student at the end of our art lesson on persuasive art to raise awareness about air pollution and change behavior to reduce it.

Before COVID-19 caused a lockdown in March 2020, we had started an ambitious art project to create a large mural to encourage families to stop idling at pickup and drop off at our school, Mountain West Montessori Academy in South Jordan. This was designed to support Principal Angie Johnson’s kind requests sent through e-mail to families to stop idling as it was harming the health of children and staff at the entrance each day, twice a day. When I asked the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students in Lower Elementary (approximately 160 total) if they thought their voices, through art, could successfully change behavior and reduce idling, the response was loud and clear: yes!

Although we were able to put up the “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” signs at school that were generously donated by Utah Clean Cities, we had to wait until April 2021 to reintroduce the persuasive art project in a different way that was more adapted to schedule changes and social distancing. Instead of making the large mural, students made individual persuasive artworks to show families the problems that air pollution creates, to educate others about idling, and to suggest various ways we can all reduce air pollution.

The lesson introduced winter inversion, summer ozone, causes and effects, idling, and many ways we can all make a difference to reduce air pollution. It also showcased the artwork of environmental artists such as John Sabraw, Aida Sulova, and Chris Jordan to show students that art can be a powerful tool to help raise awareness and change behavior. Students gave their opinions about what messages the artists were trying to convey, using evidence and reasoning. They also looked at photographs of inversion in the Salt Lake Valley and of children in other cities where air pollution is a major problem, such as Beijing and Los Angeles, expressing complex feelings and empathy for both the air and the people.

Some students were not aware of an air pollution problem in the Salt Lake Valley and others did not know what idling was before the lesson. Some students shared that they had asthma and wanted to ask their neighbors who idle to please stop because it makes it harder for them to breathe. Many students came up with great ideas for how to convey their sadness to see air pollution, their anger when people pollute, their concern for the environment, and their suggestions for improvements (electric cars and tools, no more idling, using other modes of transportation that pollute less, such as biking or horseback riding to school!). Informed and inspired, they created their own art using discarded paper to persuade people to care more about the air.

All artwork was displayed in the school entrance on Earth Day so that everyone could see their messages, either from the car or by walking in to drop off or pick up students. When noticing everyone stopping to look at their art, they saw firsthand that their voices matter and are being heard. “Be Idle Free” posters were hung alongside their work and educational brochures with “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” decals were left in the entrance for students, families, and staff to help spread the word. Nearly everything was gone by the end of the day!

The generous donation of educational material and signs for our school has certainly helped students send out their message and has had an impact on our school community, as well as our air quality! I am very proud of the students for using their voices through art to help bring about change that will help Utah, and the world. It is my hope that their artwork can inspire other schools to make efforts to reduce air pollution. We greatly appreciate the support of Utah Clean Cities and believe that, thanks to their participation in our efforts, we have taken a true step forward in reducing air pollution at our school.

See the artwork below!

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Utah joins 14-state partnership to advance infrastructure for electric vehicles

Posted at 12:02 PM, May 03, 2021 and last updated 12:12 PM, May 03, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is joining 13 other states, the Department of Energy, and special interest groups to advance the infrastructure for electric vehicles in the United States.

The “Drive Electric USA” group aims to “engage individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use in our states,” according to the organization’s website.

According to Utah Clean Cities, another group involved in the initiative, Utah is already ahead of the curve with its EV infrastructure. The state has more than 50 DC fast-charge stations.

“Utah’s focus will be building out rural and state highways. So, we’ll be focusing on gateway communities around national parks, and state and scenic byways, so that’s really exciting,” said Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities.

Drive Electric USA’s plans include setting up EV “chapters” in the participating states, educating utilities and regulation officials, engaging in EV infrastructure planning, increasing the adoption of electric vehicle-based fleets, and working dealers to develop preferred dealer programs.

NASEO Releases Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Assessment

Utah Clean Cities Coalition and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) release the “Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Assessment,” a report that identifies needs and opportunities for electric vehicle (EV) fast charging in rural and underserved areas of the intermountain west.

The Assessment was developed in partnership with the CORWest project, a three-year initiative to support EV infrastructure investment and educational opportunities in rural and underserved areas of the intermountain west, with an emphasis on gateway communities to national parks and other recreational destinations in the region. The CORWest project is a collaboration of the REV West states and Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the region. 

The Assessment summarizes key findings from a questionnaire administered to over 500 local governments, electric service providers, and parks or tourism representatives in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, and also reviews EV registration and mapping data to identify infrastructure gaps and other challenges to EV charging deployment in the region. The questionnaire results confirmed that “range anxiety,” lack of infrastructure near recreation sites, and the cost of the vehicles and stations remain significant barriers to EV infrastructure investment. In addition, respondents across the region cited the need for information and education campaigns, including highway signage, EV-focused tourism campaigns, and ride-and-drives. The report includes a summary of potential actions state agencies and Clean Cities Coalitions in the west can take to address these barriers and advance EV deployment.

To download the Assessment, click here.

Natural Gas School Buses Reward District with Fuel Savings & Breathing Cleaner Air

Every day, Utah’s fleet of 2,987 school buses provide transportation to 195,000 children. Out of this amount, which includes 41 school districts and charter schools, the vast majority run on diesel. To reduce emissions and adopt alternative sources of fuels, school districts are integrating compressed natural gas (CNG) buses that emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air than diesel buses. Jordan School District (JSD) is an example of a school district that is making this transition. The district, which serves over 56,400 children living in the communities of Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan, began integrating CNG buses into its fleet 15 years ago. This led JSD to become the largest fleet of CNG buses in the state, with 120 (and actively growing) CNG school buses representing nearly 45% of its fleet and has reduced the use of 60,282 gallons of diesel a year. 

According to JSD Fleet Director Paul Bergera, the motivation to adopt CNG came from the district’s interest in lowering air pollution and improving student and community health.

Research shows that high levels of ozone and PM are linked with increased risks for respiratory issues such as asthma, cardiovascular harm, such as heart disease.  In Utah and in Salt Lake County, the state’s most populous county and where JSD is located, air quality can reach unhealthy levels. This impacts children and other members of the community, including teachers and parents. The air pollutants which are of primary concern include ozone, formed from nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM). In the winter months when the temperature inversion increases, levels of PM rise and air quality issues and health effects can reach unsafe levels. 

PROJECT SCOPE

The initial adoption of CNG buses was made possible by a grant of approximately $14,000 that Utah Clean Cities helped the district acquire. JSD also applied to a series of federal and state cost-share grants which funded 48 of the CNG school buses. In addition to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Department of Energy (DOE) funding, JDS has received a clean diesel grant from the federal government, a Volkswagen grant from the Utah State Board of Education and a grant from the State Department of Air Quality.

COALITION PARTICIPATION 

JSD’s adoption of CNG buses has been supported by the Utah Clean Cities Coalition which notifies Utah stakeholders, partners and members of program grants and funding opportunities. According to Fleet Director Paul Bergera, after a grant has been identified the district must request a list of buses from their shop foreman that meet the grant criteria. Next, Bergera gathers the necessary documentation for the application. Once it is completed, he has the district grant writer review the application before submission. After that, it generally takes a couple of months for the district to receive a notification of whether or not they were successful in receiving the grant. If they are successful, Bergeral orders the replacement busses and starts the preparation for the destruction of the old buses. 

COST SAVINGS

The initial cost to acquire one CNG bus is approximately $25,000 to $30,000 more than the cost to acquire a regular school bus. Despite the higher initial cost to acquire CNG buses, JSD has reduced school bus operational costs due to the lower cost per gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG and the acquired rebates. In regards to overall cost savings, JSD said that the school buses were replaced before their normal rotation; however, the grants more than covered the cost difference of purchasing a CNG school bus to replace diesel and have lead to significant fuel savings as CNG can cost as little as 5 to 10 cents per gallon (or less) with the Federal Government’s rebate program. According to JSD, after a 50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in the CNG buses, fuel can at times cost nothing as supply ranges between 50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 

Fleets such as JSD can examine both the environmental and economic costs and benefits of alternative fuel and advanced vehicles using Argonne National Laboratory’s (Argonne) Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool. 

ARTICLES ON JSD’S CNG SCHOOL BUS FLEET

Utah Transit Showcases Success with CNG Buses & Plans To Expand with New Garage Facility

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides public transportation throughout the Wasatch Front of Utah, including neighboring communities of Ogden, Park City, Provo, Salt Lake City and Tooele. In 2013, UTA officially adopted alternative sources of energy to their fleet to cut fuel costs, reduce air pollution and increase resiliency within Utah’s public transportation sector. Utah Clean Cities (UCC) was one of the original partners involved in this transition and is proud to support UTA’s adoption of electric powered buses and CNG powered engines. 

“It’s no secret the Wasatch Front’s poor air quality poses significant problems for residents. Utah’s most populous region has many days with pollution reaching dangerous levels. This situation significantly increases the health risks to the breathing-impaired, children and the elderly,” said Kyle Stockley, Vehicle Overhaul & Bus Support Manager at UTA. “Additionally, poor air quality has the potential to negatively impact regional economic growth by making Utah a less attractive place for business relocation and expansion.” 

To address this issue and support economic development, energy security and more, UTA has set long term goals to have 1/3 of its fleet include CNG buses, 1/3 electric and 1/3 diesel. To achieve these goals, they are investing over $90 million in the development of a CNG standard garage through a project called the UTA Depot District Clean Fuels Technology Center. When completed, the Depot District will allow UTA to continue to increase its fleet of clean fuel buses such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric (EV). Additionally, the Depot District will create jobs, spur economic development and provide sustainable transit options to improve regional air quality and promote public health across the Wasatch Front.

 

PROJECT SCOPE

The motivation behind the Depot District Center includes an increase in energy security, cost savings, emissions reduction and economic development. The total project investment is estimated at approximately $94.8 million, and the facilities should be fully operational by early 2023. 

The site for the Depot District Center, located between 200 South and 400 South, was purchased in 2008 following analysis of other potential locations for a new bus garage that concluded this as the ideal location. In 2012, following the Environmental Analysis, UTA received a “Finding of No Significant Impact” from the Federal Transit Administration and was able to move the project forward. In 2013, 47 CNG buses were purchased by UTA and the Depot District served as garage housing. By 2018, the facility began on-going construction. 

According to UTA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis, due to lack of space in the current antiquated facility that cannot service any additional buses beyond the current 93, there is a need for the new Depot District Center. The facility will be able to maintain 150 buses initially, with the ability to house up to 250 buses by acquiring additional property for bus parking.

 

COALITION PARTICIPATION 

According to Stockley, this project has involved partnerships with many groups on different fronts. The first CNG buses were implemented in partnership with UCC as the coalition worked closely to distribute ARRA funding. Additionally, UTA has worked closely with Salt Lake City on planning for development surrounding the future Depot District and UTA’s Salt Lake Central Station. Furthermore, UTA’s first electric buses were implemented last year in partnership with the University of Utah, New Flyer, CALSTART, Utah State University, Rocky Mountain Power and the Utah Office of Energy Development. 

 

COST SAVINGS 

Project completion will replace the existing aging and undersized bus maintenance facility, saving over $500,000 annually through increased operations and maintenance efficiencies and reduced utility costs. To calculate return on investment and payback period for the project, a 40-year Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) was conducted based on a wide range of life-cycle cost savings: fuel cost savings through CNG bus fleet expansion, reduced emission costs through Criteria Air Pollutants (NOx, PM, VOC, SO2), reductions in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through increased transit ridership from expanded bus service, increased safety (reduced auto crashes, injuries and deaths) and transit-oriented development land value benefits. 

The BCA shows a net present value benefit of $1.88 for every $1 in cost. The itemized breakdown is included below: 

  • $42 million in fuel cost savings through CNG bus fleet expansion
  • $5.7 million in reduced emission costs from CO2 through CNG bus fleet expansion
  • $13 million in reduced emission costs from Criteria Air Pollutants (NOx, PM, VOC, SO2) through CNG bus fleet expansion
  • Savings based on reductions in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through increased transit ridership from expanded bus service: $74 million in auto fuel savings, $12 million in CO2, NOx, VOCs, PMs and SO2 emission cost savings, and $97 million in increased safety (reduced auto crashes, injuries and deaths)
  • $9.2 million in transit-oriented development land value benefits

 

OUTCOME

Already, the Depot District Center’s CNG fueling facility is supporting 47 CNG buses, which were purchased in 2013 and 2015. The remainder of the facility, currently under construction, is a big step towards formally supporting alternative fuel vehicles as part of UTA’s fleet. With air quality a major concern in Utah this project is essential to increase alternative sources of fuel and lessen dependence on traditional sources of energy.

“The addition of CNG buses results in reduced pollutants of CO2, NO, SO2, Particulates and VOCs. This approves air quality in an area of the country that struggles, because of its geographic formations, with maintaining good air quality,” said UTA. 

The project will also increase fleet resilience and create jobs in an underserved part of the city. The facilities, located west of the railroad tracks and east of Interstate-15, are in a census tract (1025) that qualifies as economically distressed due to its low per capita incomes. More than one-third of the population in this census tract lives below the poverty level and the area houses a significantly higher rate of minorities than Salt Lake County overall. By building a larger Depot District Center in the same neighborhood, jobs will be created in an area that is economically disadvantaged and underserved. 

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Do Yourself A Favor: ‘Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free!’

Brinley Wilson, Utah Clean Cities

What Is Idling? 

Idling is running a vehicle’s propulsion engine when the vehicle isn’t moving. While idling can be difficult to avoid or even necessary for some vehicles, such as to provide a source of power for primarily on-duty police vehicles or semi-truck drivers, most idling is wasteful and avoidable. 

 

Who Cares? We Do and So Should You!  

You may be wondering why the minimal act of turning your key to be idle free matters. Simply put, idling threatens environmental and community health, causes engine wear leading to unnecessary expenses, produces significant pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is sometimes unlawful. 

While you might think that idling in the carpool line, at the drive-thru window or in your driveway during a harsh winter’s day can’t do much harm and is rather advantageous for your vehicle, you are sorely mistaken. 

Idling often occurs in small moments, but let us imagine the cumulative impact of idling. Consider that idling in the U.S. uses more than 6 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $20 billion to consumers and businesses per year.

According to Argonne National Laboratory research: 

  • Idling vehicles use more fuel than does restarting your car
  • Restarting your vehicle will not wear out the started
  • Idling your vehicle wastes about 0.3 gal/h and a large truck about 1 gal/h. 
  • Each gallon of fuel burned emits about 20 lb. of carbon dioxide
  • Idling is illegal in some areas and can result in substantial fines

 

The Winter Myth 

One of the most circulated myths about idling is that you must warm your vehicle engine before driving it. The truth is that on cold winter days, an engine can circulate oil throughout the engine in 30 seconds, and excessive idling can actually lead to damage to either the engine or exhaust system. 

The Department of Energy says, “Avoid idling. Think about it — idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.”

Furthermore, the EPA states that “When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines. Today’s automobile manufacturers recommend driving off right away and urge that drivers wait no more than 30 seconds to begin driving, even on the coldest days.”

 

Idling Impacts Community Health 

As mentioned, each gallon of fuel burned emits about 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Moreover, tailpipe emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. This pollution produces adverse effects on our health and environment. And since children are closer to the tailpipe, have a faster breathing rate and have developing lungs, they are more vulnerable to pollution than adults. This can lead to a development in health complications throughout a child’s life. When you choose to “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free,’ you choose to help children breathe easier and cleaner air.

 

Location, Location, Location

Depending on your location, vehicle type/weight, fuel type and outside temperature, idling may be illegal. 

In Utah, vehicle exhaust makes up over 50% of the air pollution. The unnecessary idling of cars and buses contribute a significant amount of emissions released into the air each day.

Salt Lake City’s Idle Free Ordinance prohibits unnecessary vehicle idling over two minutes within city limits. The ordinance is enforceable on public property and private property open to the public (i.e. drive-through windows and parking lots). Three warnings will be issued before any fines are levied. Once a fine is issued, the traditional parking fee structure applies:

  • Paid in less than 10 days – $15
  • 11 to 20 days – $55
  • 21 to 30 days – $85
  • 31 to 40 days – $125

Exemptions to the city’s Idle Free Ordinance can be found at slc.gov. 

Utah Clean Cities wants to encourage and educate communities on what the individual can do about idling. 

We highly recommend being aware and educating other drivers about the effects of idling. 

If you find yourself in an unmoving vehicle, be sure to turn the engine off, and when possible, use waiting rooms at depots and assembly areas instead of idling. 

Engage with community leaders and members by advocating for an idling reduction policy, ask drivers to pledge to reduce idling, host an idling reduction workshop or driver training sessions and provide material to the community as a reminder not to idle. Idle Free materials including Idle Free packets, brochures, posters, cards and stickers are provided by UCC, available here.

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CNG Fuels Utah’s Disposal Services, Saves Half Fuel Costs

ACE Recycling and Disposal is one of the largest independent waste haulers in the western United States and has become known as a leader in cutting-edge green technologies. In 2008, the company adopted alternative fuels and now has a fleet of 194 vehicles, 99 of which are heavy-duty, CNG refuse haulers. In addition to implementing the use of alternative fuels, ACE has improved recycling programs along the Wasatch Front, adopted geothermal energy systems, and powers its West Valley Headquarters with solar panels

 

PROJECT SCOPE

ACE completed the grant applications process independently, but leveraged Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) to push legislation to cut company costs and reduce emissions through the adoption of CNG. To achieve this, UCCC and the state of Utah provided ACE with tax grants for a combined total of $35,000 in tax credits per truck. The result? Over 50% of the company’s fleet is now composed of CNG trucks, and they are continuing to integrate more CNG vehicles as they expand. 

ACE started using alternative fuels in 2008 with a small CNG fleet fueling at a public gas station. The largest initial struggles came with tank sizing and higher public fuelling costs. Two years later, ACE constructed its first private fueling station which greatly reduced fuelling costs. However,  there was not a set OEM standard for how to implement CNG, whereas today there are much more standardized protocols. This was a large obstacle until 2013 when there was a huge break in the technology barrier with the development of high-quality fuel systems. This was a huge milestone in ACE’s success, leading to even greater fuel savings and a highly feasible project. 

Our business is based upon cleaning up our environment—the methods we choose to achieve this need to align with our purpose,” said Matt Stalsberg, ACE owner and general manager.  “Our commitment to clean fuel technologies reduces our environmental impact, provides the best value for our communities, and tells Utah we believe in responsible business. Today, CNG is a clean fuel that trucking companies in our region can choose, and we’re excited to see what the future of clean energy holds.”

 

COST SAVINGS

When asked about the cost savings, Stalsberg stated that it was a “no brainer” when you look at the net savings with the increased investment. The trucks cost more, but the return on investment (ROI) is three to four years for an eight-year truck. These reduced expenses increase cash flow, and the addition of our own station saved ACE substantially more when they started to buy gas in bulk. There are also significant tax credit savings to compressing your own gas with your own station. 

 

CHALLENGES

One of the greatest obstacles with adopting CNG reported by Stalsberg was the learning curve of alternative fuel technology and common misconceptions about the fuel. This issue was overcome with increased education and led to further training on CNG technology, which was conducted by a shop member with a certification (CNG-FSI) to work on CNG trucks. Following the training, the ACE team noted that it made them pioneers in safely utilizing CNG. Adding to the success of the training,  about 50 firefighters from across the state met at the ACE headquarters for training on the effective implementation of CNG technology. ACE even created its own CNG mechanical safety video to address some of the common misconceptions around this alternative fuel.

Implementing the CNG technology also meant retro-fitting the mechanics’ workshop due to the different shop standards for CNG. Overall, the retro-fitting took approximately 2 weeks to complete and cost around $100,000. ACE also noted that the changes and safety protocols were ultra-conservative and created a safer shop overall with greater peace of mind for their employees. Since the first private CNG fuelling station was constructed at the company headquarters in 2010, two more private stations in Clearfield and West Jordan have been added. 

 

OUTCOME

In summary, adopting CNG allowed ACE to achieve the projected economic savings by reducing fuel costs by 50%. After utilizing private stations in the first few years, after CNG integration, ACE was able to install three of its own facilities with CNG fueling capabilities. This resulted in a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions- nearly 2,440 tons over a five year period — the equivalent to reducing the amount of emissions from driving an average passenger vehicle 5.3 million miles. Additionally, a 2.5 million (gallon gasoline equivalent) GGE reduction has been achieved which is equivalent to reducing the amount of emissions from 4,690 passenger vehicles driven over a 1 year period. Aside from decreasing emissions and cutting capital costs, ACE has seen added benefits with customers. 

“We are now viewed as more than just a garbage hauler, from customers to our peers, we hear about how great our fleet is,” said sustainability director Mercedes Anto. 

Moving forward, ACE’s goal is to have a fleet composed of 90% CNG trucks.  The company has also expressed interest in the adoption of electric refuse haulers as the technology is refined. Their advice to any fleet manager who is looking to adopt CNG is that the varying national price may make it more feasible in certain locations. When it is feasible, it not only leads to significant cost savings but, as the ACE team has experienced, this leadership increases company leadership in green technology and alternative fuels.  

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UCC Statement of Solidarity in Racial Justice, Equity and Accessibility

UCC Statement of Solidarity in Racial Justice, Equity and Accessibility

Utah Clean Cities acknowledges and condemns racism, racially motivated violence and discrimination in all of its forms. We support and demand justice among communities of color, in Utah and nationwide. 

Systemic racism demands systemic solutions that are based on listening, learning, empathy, solidarity and action. No matter what lane we occupy in driving a sustainable future, we can and will find ways to center and support racial justice. The ongoing movement of social justice presents us with an opportunity to listen to one another, heighten our awareness, increase our compassion and heed the call to action that must happen now.

As an organization focused on transportation and sustainability, we want to ensure equitable access to resources for individuals from all communities that will lead to a positive change in the clean, safe and healthy communities that we all deserve.

We are committed to listening. We are committed to action. 

We are committed to being mindful of diverse voices in our workplace and elevating the voices of people of color.   We will engage with and listen intently to communities that have been marginalized by structural racism. We will provide decision-makers with up to date information and opportunities that promote social justice and equity and work in earnest to improve the economic opportunity of all Utahns. 

We are committed to providing free Idle Free materials and resources for all schools in Utah. We support students who want to contribute to the solutions for our changing climate by hosting their stories and art and helping them campaign at their schools for air quality and idle-free education. 

We are committed to providing strategies to transition to clean and renewable transportation systems in communities of color thus offering emission-free transport in areas that are most affected by Utah’s poor air quality.

We are committed to elevating the voices of people of color to make necessary systemic changes. 

 

-Utah Clean Cities Team

 

 

 

 

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Blue Sky Message for Green Fleets and Zero Emissions

A Blue Sky Message for Green Fleets and Zero Emissions~  

As the air cleared and the roads managed a decreased flow of traffic, Utah saw blue skies and reduced emissions. The Utah Clean Cities team and our committed stakeholders are on the front lines of the change that is coming, and we are determined to see it as CLEAN & RENEWABLE for our next generations. Check out UCC’s  2019 Annual Report on clean fuels emission reductions in Utah.

To support this vision, UCC is the lead applicant for new and innovative opportunities with local, regional and national key partnerships on various Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies grants with Clean Cities and industry partners nationwide. 

The future rewards those who take advantage of opportunities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 illustrates such opportunities. This stimulus package provided funding for clean vehicle projects, job opportunities, increased adoption of clean vehicle projects and increased development for advanced clean transportation infrastructure. Utah’s $14 million dollar ARRA grant is estimated to have multiplied green transportation in our beehive state five-fold. Even the most conservative estimates have the DOE VTO funded Clean Cities programs multiplying federal dollars at a 1-9 ratio. In Utah, thanks to our great stakeholder base and state leadership, we can claim upwards of $1 Federal matching $12 Local.

Utah Clean Cities is working to encourage, establish and maintain a zero near zero fleet recognition program. The newly revised Green Zero Near Zero (GreenZNZ) is designed for fleets of the future that utilize all renewable fuels including: electric, RNG/CNG, biofuels, autogas and hydrogen. We love our UCC Fleets and they are the force behind this program.

Furthermore, in anticipation of achieving our GreenZNZ Goals, UCC is continually working to launch our newly updated Green Fleet Program in Summer 2020. The Green Fleet Program generates transportation management plans that target zero emissions and climate resiliency through the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. 

Utah Clean Cities extends our recognition and gratitude to the individuals involved in the essential workforce of transportation. As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, the transportation workforce has continued to provide goods and services with dedicated trucking, fleet deliveries, sanitation, utility support and delivery of essential goods. 

Three Cheers for Utah’s green fleets!