About

Hampton Roads was recognized as a Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996. In 2001, the non-profit Virginia Clean Cities, Inc. was created to manage the Coalition. In 2009, Virginia Clean Cities formed a partnership with James Madison University enabling both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities. Virginia Clean Cities has an office at James Madison University, and serves as a cornerstone program in the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER).

The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This legislation’s express intent is to ensure national energy security by reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. The Clean Cities program was chartered to help achieve this objective by promoting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector.

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About Us

Hampton Roads was recognized as a Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996. In 2001, the non-profit Virginia Clean Cities, Inc. was created to manage the Coalition. In 2009, Virginia Clean Cities formed a partnership with James Madison University enabling both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities. Virginia Clean Cities has an office at James Madison University, and serves as a cornerstone program in the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER).

The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This legislation’s express intent is to ensure national energy security by reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. The Clean Cities program was chartered to help achieve this objective by promoting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector.

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Mission Statement

We advance air quality improvement, economic opportunity, and energy security through deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, education programs, and other petroleum reduction activities.

How Does Clean Cities Work?

Clean Cities draws stakeholders from local, state, and federal agencies; public health and transportation departments; commercial fleets; transit agencies; and other government offices; as well as auto manufacturers, car dealers, fuel and equipment suppliers, public utilities, and nonprofit associations.

Clean Cities is instrumental in cultivating an advanced transportation community in which people learn about a wide range of options and technologies. In addition, Clean Cities helps create markets for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), hybrids, fuel blends, fuel economy, and idle reduction. More importantly, Clean Cities provides a forum for members to leverage resources, develop joint projects, collaborate on public policy issues, and promote petroleum displacement and clean air technologies.

Clean Cities partnerships address the challenge of moving the United States away from the infrastructure and practices that contribute to the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum and toward energy independence and security. Clean Cities brings the national goals outlined in DOE’s Advanced Energy Initiative to the communities that can realize the end results.

Meet the Team

Virginia Clean Cities has offices in Richmond and at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to the team that manages the day-to-day operation of the organization, Virginia Clean Cities also draws on a large, diverse, and engaged group of stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

Alleyn
Alleyn Harned
Executive Director
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-8896
Mobile: (804) 539-9425
Fax: (540) 568-5181
aharned@vacleancities.org
Bio
Alleyn joined Clean Cities is 2009, the same year Virginia Clean Cities, Inc., formed a partnership with James Madison University. That partnership allows Clean Cities and the university in Harrisonburg, Virginia to work together to leverage resources, support alternative fuel initiatives and pursue opportunities to decrease pollution and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Prior to being named Executive Director, Alleyn served as VCC’s Business Development Director. He serves as the Virginia representative to the nine-state Southeast Natural Gas Vehicle Corridor Committee, and was the coordinator for Virginia’s initial 2010 electric vehicle readiness effort. Harned was appointed to the State Advisory Board on Air Pollution in 2013.

Alleyn has worked on transportation and energy-related issues in Virginia since 2006. Before joining the VCC staff, Alleyn served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where he assisted in drafting Virginia’s initial Energy Plan, and participated in the Virginia Commission on Climate Change and Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council. Harned is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is pursuing a Master’s degree at James Madison University, where he serves an adjunct faculty role.

With Virginia Clean Cities, Harned leads the coalition’s collaborative effort to assist stakeholders and the Commonwealth in programs to improve air quality, and increase American energy security and economic opportunity through the increased use of alternative fuels and vehicles.

Matt
Matthew Wade
Deputy Director
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-4051
mwade@vacleancities.org
Bio
Matthew Wade is a local government professional from Harrisonburg, Virginia. At VCC, Matthew is the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer, where he manages the organization’s daily operations and acts a liaison with JMU. He earned a Masters of Public Administration from James Madison University in 2007. Prior to coming to VCC, Matthew spent the next 6 years working in executive administration, finance, and public works with Rockingham County as a Financial Analyst. Matthew is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Executive Leadership from JMU.

 

Christopher Mueller
Program Coordinator
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-4871
cmueller@vacleancities.org
Bio
Christopher Mueller serves as Program Coordinator at Virginia Clean Cities. Chris has served in local government for several years in many different roles. Beginning as an intern for the City of Harrisonburg Public Works Department, he was a key contributor on many projects, including the Solid Waste Management program. As a Program Support Specialist, Chris was a member of the MS4 Stormwater Management team that planned and implemented the MS4 Program in the City. He continued his work in local government as an Environmental Planner and consultant for The Berkley Group, specializing in stormwater management projects. He has a passion for sustainability, which has led him to pursue a career in renewable energy and the environment. Chris lives in Harrisonburg with his dog and cat, and enjoys playing music, record-collecting, and exploring the many things Downtown Harrisonburg has to offer. .
Casey Johnson
Argonne Intern
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-7102
cjohnson@vacleancities.org
Bio
Lauren “Casey” Johnson is a senior at James Madison University. She is majoring in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), with a concentration in Environmental Science. Casey is a member of ISAT Honor Society, and currently serves on the executive board of the Honor Society as the tutoring coordinator. Her interests include environmental sustainability and human ecology, which involves studying the way humans interact with their environment and how to improve upon those interactions. Casey is a teaching assistant at James Madison University for ISAT 320, the fundamentals of environmental science. She is excited to work at VA Clean Cities because she is passionate about alternative fuels and VCC’s mission to improve air quality and reduce our dependence on petroleum. .
David Robinson
Marketing LeadDavid
Birch Studio
619 East High Street, Suite 4
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Office: (434) 977-9303
david@birchstudio.com
Bio
David founded Birch Studio in Charlottesville in 1996 and serves as Creative Director. In this capacity, he has overseen the branding and marketing of many small and mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries. He has trained and worked with numerous creative and technical staff since hiring Birch Studio’s first employee in 1999. David launched Flux Report, a periodical that presents data from the alternative fuels sector (biodiesel, ethanol, propane, etc.) and presents them in a visually-appealing format. Flux Report has been adopted by several Clean Cities Coalitions and is currently distributed to over 15,000 readers. David lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son, loves camping, mountain biking and hang gliding, and serves on the boards of Virginia Clean Cities, Mill Creek South HOA and Court Square Condo Association. He is an advisor to RideForward at UVa. He earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Maryland.

 

 

Becky
Becky Rohlf
JMU-VCC Administrative Liaison
Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship
James Madison University
MSC 4111
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-3640
rohlfrl@jmu.edu
http://www.jmu.edu/research
Bio
Becky has been employed by James Madison University since January 2002. As the fiscal technician for Research and Scholarship, she serves as the primary point of contact for budgetary, personnel, and procurement matters. She also serves as a resource for faculty and staff working on externally-funded grants and for JMU’s Academic Institutes and Centers chartering process.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Business Practices from JMU’s Adult Degree program in May 2011 and is currently pursuing a degree through JMU’s Masters of Public Administration program.

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Board of Directors

The Virginia Clean Cities nonprofit is served by a dedicated and skilled Board of Directors from all areas of the Commonwealth. The board has oversight over the general organizational structure of Virginia Clean Cities and is made up of stakeholders in good standing who have made significant contributions to the Clean Cities effort in Virginia.

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President
John Phillips
President, Phillips Energy
(804) 642-2166
Bio

John Phillips is Co-owner and President of Phillips Energy, Inc. and JCB Transport, Inc. John oversees all fuel delivery operations and new products and services. He has over 25 years experience in the fuels industry. His expertise includes extensive work with conventional as well as alternative fuels delivery and refueling infrastructure. He has assisted multiple municipalities and private fleets through the transition process from conventional to alternative fuels. His vision for the future allowed Phillips Energy to be one of the first companies in Virginia to offer three different alternative fuels in one retail location. John was educated at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va and is a Class A Contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

 

 

Tom Rumely
Vice President
Tom Rumely
Manager of Market Development, Virginia Natural Gas
(757) 466-5444
Bio

Tom Rumely is the Manager of Market Development for Virginia Natural Gas and has been in this role since January 2010. He is responsible for Sales and Marketing to VNG’s Industrial, Commercial and Residential customers in the territory VNG serves. Prior to that, Rumely was responsible for distribution operations, field service and meter reading in the Southern Division of VNG which covers Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk. He has worked for 31 years in the utility industry in sales, customer service, field service and human resources. He has been with VNG since 2005.

 

 

 

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Treasurer
Paul Stacharczyk
Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, TFC Recycling
(757) 274-3915
Bio

 Mr. Paul Stacharczyk joined TFC Recycling in June 2008 as Vice President, Operations. In July 2011, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President and as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in February 2012. Mr. Stacharczyk is an active member of the company’s Corporate Management and responsible for the overall management of the company’s hauling and processing operations. Mr. Stacharczyk has over 30 years of experience in solid waste management services.  Before joining the company, Mr. Stacharczyk held positions in operations management with Allied Waste Industries, Inc. (AW) and Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI). Mr. Stacharczyk managed operating locations with over 100 commercial and residential collection routes, multiple recycling and processing facilities and was involved in the start-up of numerous municipal waste and recycling programs. Mr. Stacharczyk is a graduate of Daemen College (Amherst, New York), and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences; and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio). In addition, he holds a certification in Lean Six Sigma Quality Process Management and is a current candidate for his Juris Doctorate (JD) at Concord Law School, Kaplan University. 

 

 

 

 


Secretary
David Robinson
Creative Director, Birch Studio
(434) 977-3903
Bio

David founded Birch Studio in Charlottesville in 1996 and serves as Creative Director. In this capacity, he has overseen the branding and marketing of many small and mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries. He has trained and worked with numerous creative and technical staff since hiring Birch Studio’s first employee in 1999. David launched Flux Report, a periodical that presents data from the alternative fuels sector (biodiesel, ethanol, propane, etc.) and presents them in a visually-appealing format. Flux Report has been adopted by several Clean Cities Coalitions and is currently distributed to over 15,000 readers. David lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son, loves camping, mountain biking and hang gliding, and serves on the boards of Virginia Clean Cities, Mill Creek South HOA and Court Square Condo Association. He is an advisor to RideForward at UVa. He earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Maryland.

 

 

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Energy & Solid Waste Management, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
(757) 508-2096

 

 

 

 

Ben Delp
Director of Research Development & Promotion, James Madison University
(540) 568-1661
Bio

Benjamin T. Delp is the Director of Research Development and Promotion at James Madison University. In this capacity, he leverages the resources of the university to identify research and scholarship opportunities for JMU faculty and students, while cultivating strategic alliances with government, university, and private sector partners. Mr. Delp plays a key role in the marketing and promotion of JMU research capabilities and projects, along with supporting the Intelligence Analysis degree program through lectures and student mentorship.

Mr. Delp serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Summit (COVITS) Advisory Board, volunteers on the Harrisonburg Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee, and leads an annual Thanksgiving food drive in support of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as an Honors Scholar, and Master of Public Administration as a Fellow with the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance.

 

 

 

 

 

Nick D’Andrea
Director of Public Affairs, United Parcel Service
Bio

As UPS Air Group Director of State Government Affairs, Nick D’Andrea has responsibility for public policy that affects all UPS entities in Kentucky, including UPS Airlines and Worldport. He also advocates for issues related to UPS’s alternative fuels and sustainability strategy.

Nick joined UPS in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience in government relations and public affairs to his role. He previously served as Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for the University of Louisville, where he helped formulate the legislative agenda for the university. Nick also worked as Director of Government Affairs for the state’s Passport Health Plan, where he directed government relations, communications and media relations, focusing on brand and image. Nick has also worked with the American Diabetes Association, Kentucky Representative Anne Northup and the Louisville Metro Council.

A native of Richwood, Ky., Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in law and public policy, and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from the University of Louisville. Nick serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Brightside, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Kentuckiana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Farmer
President, Future Energy
(757) 202-7377
Bio

Ed recently formed Future Energy, LLC to assist in the development of the alternative fuels infrastructure as it relates to the transportation sector and energy production. Future Energy will partner with private businesses, public companies, municipalities and government agencies to create opportunities where communities can easily access alternative fuels, whether it be natural gas/biogas, propane, electric, etc.

For the past 10 years, Ed was part of the corporate staff for TFC Recycling as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Ed was responsible for the overall growth and branding of the company. TFC was also the first private recycling/refuse company in Virginia to convert to CNG vehicles, have a CNG compliant shop with certified mechanics, and create a CNG training program.

Before joining TFC in 2003, Ed started in the recycling/refuse industry with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) /Allied Waste back in 1993. Ed held various sales management and business development roles during his tenure.

Ed grew up in the alternative fuel industry. His family started a propane company in 1950 and he has had family active in the industry for over 60 continuous years.

 

 

 

 

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Fleet Manager, City of Chesapeake
(757) 382-3375
Bio

George Hrichak also serves on the York County Board of Supervisors as the representative for District 4 and is the past Chairman of the Board. George retired after serving 20 years with the US Army as an aircraft maintenance officer. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology. George has been actively involved with Clean Cities since 1997. In 2011, George received approval to begin transitioning his fleet of 53 diesel-powered solid waste trucks to CNG and to build a CNG fueling station for both public and private use.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Jenkins
Eastern Region Fleet Sales Director, ROUSH CleanTech
(757) 216-1895
Bio

Before joining ROUSH CleanTech, Chelsea Jenkins served for two years as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and four years as a program coordinator. Chelsea joined ROUSH CleanTech in October 2011 and currently works with East Coast-based public fleets, propane companies and school districts to market Roush CleanTech’s liquid propane autogas technology. She is a graduate of James Madison University’s Integrated Science and Technology Program with a triple concentration in energy, environment and transportation.

 

 

 

 


Steve McCoy
Blossman Gas
(540) 414-2817
Bio

Steve McCoy has been in the various management capacities of propane industry for over 28 and has owned and managed his own propane company for approximately 12 years. Throughout his career, he has utilized both on-road and off-road propane-powered vehicles and equipment. Recently, while employed by Alliance AutoGas, he worked closely with Virginia Clean Cities in the submission of the Southeast Propane Corridor Development Project. His current employer, Propane Taxi, utilizes over 75% of propane powered vehicles in its delivery fleet.

 

 

 

 


Bill Murray
Director of Public Policy, Dominion
Bio

William L. “Bill” Murray is currently managing director of public policy for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest.

He previously worked in the policy office for Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Dr. Murray was Vice President for Policy at the Virginia Hospital Association and a senior staff member for the Virginia General Assembly.

Dr. Murray holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech. He serves on the Board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Bon Secours Health Source.

 

 

 

 

 


Kenneth Newbold, Jr.
Provost and Executive Vice President, Goshen College
(574) 535-7550
Bio

Kenneth Newbold previously served as the associate vice provost for Research and Scholarship at JMU. Dr. Newbold focused on coordinating faculty expertise at JMU across the academic disciplines to pursue research and service projects and develop partnerships. He has facilitated grant and contracts totaling $6,550,000 focused on alternative energy research and also serves as the coordinator of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium Center for Wind Energy. Dr. Newbold began serving as the provost and executive VP at Goshen College in 2015 and continues to lead day-to-day operations of the college while also continuing to support VCC. His research interests include critical infrastructure protection, homeland security policy, intelligence analysis, and higher education.

 

 

 

 

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Gary Parker Jr.
Business Development Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region for Clean Energy
Bio

Gary Parker Jr. is a Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region for Clean Energy. Gary oversees natural gas fueling station infrastructure development and fleet vehicle conversions for CNG in the medium & heavy duty vehicle markets.

Gary came to Clean Energy in 2015 with over 13 years’ experience in the construction and project management industry, most recently specializing in design build applications. Gary has lived in the Commonwealth for over 17 years and graduated from Virginia Tech, and earned his MBA in Project Management from Averett University.

Gary lives in Chesapeake with his wife and two children.

 

 

 

 

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Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving
James Madison’s Montpelier
(603) 581-6818
tyler.rines@gmail.com
Bio

Tyler Rines is a nonprofit executive ​​with a passion for leveraging the power of philanthropy and civic engagement to change the world. As Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at James Madison’s Montpelier, Tyler works to develop resources and partnerships that advance the work of Montpelier and its Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Tyler considers it a privilege to help donors fund work they love—work that strengthens democracy at home and abroad and allows us to be forward thinking about America’s past. Tyler launched his development career at Virginia Clean Cities in the summer of 2013, making his recent appointment to the Board of Directors a welcome homecoming. He is grateful to again have the opportunity to lend his professional background and interests in fundraising and environmental policy to VCC and the citizens of Virginia. Tyler earned a B.A. in sociology, summa cum laude, from Keene State College, a Master of Public Administration degree from James Madison University, and is actively working toward his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential.

 

 

 

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 David Shellenberger
Vice President of Power Systems, Carter Machinery

Bio
David R. (Dave) Shellenberger is the Vice President of Carter Machinery’s Power Systems Division. Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota and became a Certified Public Accountant. After holding a public accountant position for 5 years, he joined the Caterpillar Dealer in Minneapolis. There he held the position of Corporate Controller before becoming the Vice President of Power Systems. In 2006 Dave joined Carter Machinery as Power Systems Division Manager and was named Vice President in 2015.

The Power Systems Division is responsible for Carter’s OnHighway Truck/Bus, Electric Power, Marine and Gas Compression businesses. In his position, Dave is involved in leading Carter’s efforts with alternative fuels and emission reduction systems.

 

 

 

 

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Fleet Manager, City of Norfolk
(757) 441- 5700 x230
Bio

Mr. Facundo Tassara is the current Fleet Manager for the City of Norfolk and has been in this role since April 2014. Within his first year of being hired, the City of Norfolk fleet was recognized as #66 of the 100 Best Fleets in 2015. Mr. Tassara has previously served as the Fleet Manager for the City of Ormond Beach, Florida, which was also named as one of the 100 Best Fleets in 2013 (#94) and 2014 (#19) . Currently, he serves as the Vice-Chair of the NAFA Government Affairs Committee and is also a member of the Government Fleet Expo Advisory Board. Facundo received his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia

 

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Membership

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Welcome to Virginia Clean Cities Membership page

We are delighted to introduce you to the benefits of a VCC membership!

Why Join?

Founded in 1996, Virginia Clean Cities is a state-wide grassroots organization dedicated to reducing the use of petroleum in transportation. From Hampton Roads to Harrisonburg, Southwest to Northern Virginia, we provide educational events, networking opportunities, technical advice, business assistance, and education for policymakers on the benefits of domestic, renewable, and clean fuels.  In 2013, VCC helped Virginia fleets displace over 13.5 million gallons of gasoline and prevent more than 86,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth.  We count on our membership base to support the organization and its activities. You can help by supporting our mission with an annual membership.

You can also support VCC by donating your vehicle to our organization! To learn more, please visit our Vehicle Donation Program.

Interested in a Monthly Subscription? 

Select your Monthly Contribution Level and Click the Subscribe button below. VCC will send you a “Drive Clean” bumper sticker and a stylish VCC iron-on patch





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This will bring you to Virginia Clean Cities PayPal page. You can pay using a credit card if you don’t have a PayPal account by selecting ‘Continue’ after ‘Don’t Have a PayPal Account?’.  Please enter the dollar value for the applicable membership level and complete all required information. Please consider making your donation a monthly recurring one – it’s easy to do! Simply click the checkbox to the right of the amount box and you can help support Virginia Clean Cities with a monthly donation!

Please visit the following sections for more information on joining Virginia Clean Cities:

Membership Levels
Member Benefits
What VCC Can Do For You
Current Members
How to Join
Payment Options

Membership Levels

Virginia Clean Cities offers a diversity of Membership Levels ranging from the $8000 Sustaining level membership to the $100 individual level membership. These Membership Levels are designed to provide opportunities for you to support Virginia Clean Cities while meeting your needs and fitting your budget. Each level is accompanied by a range of benefits according to the matrix below. For descriptions of benefits, see the Member Benefits description section. For higher level opportunities, please contact Alleyn Harned at aharned@vacleancities.org or 540-568-8896.

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Member Benefits

To help you determine which level may be appropriate for your needs, please click the arrows adjacent to the following benefits for a further information:

  • Guided Access to the Alt Fuel Network:
    We realize that it’s critical for our members to stay informed about the alternative fuels industry and deployment efforts in Virginia and across the nation. Therefore, as a member of our coalition you can receive access to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC). This service operates as a comprehensive Alternative Fuel/Alternative Fuel Vehicle information library and delivers important information, data, and tools to help you find solutions to decrease petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.
  • Technology Assistance:
    Stakeholders are important partners in the national market transition and are afforded access to the Clean Cities Technical Response Service. The Clean Cities Technical Response team is a group of highly skilled experts, and they are always ready to answer your questions regarding renewable energy, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, advanced vehicles, fuel economy, idle-reduction measures and more.
  • Access to Clean Cities University:
    One informational benefit that we are proud to share with you as a member is access to Clean Cities University. Courses in alternative fuels, vehicle information, laws and regulations, and new technology are available to you as a member.
  • Business Assistance:
    You can be assured that we stand ready to provide you with the best business assistance possible. Our staff possesses strong research, analysis, and outreach skills that we are eager to employ to assist you with your efforts. The Virginia Clean Cities team also has access to an extensive partner network that we would like to share with you. We are here to provide you and your organization with the best possible support.
  • VCC Badge to Put on Your Website:
    You are granted the right to display a Virginia Clean Cities logo on your website. We are happy to provide this opportunity to help bolster your organization’s public image as a state and national leader in alternative fuels, oil displacement, and environmental stewardship. This high resolution logo is located on the “About Us” page of our website.
  • Company Name and Web link on VCC website:
    We want to help promote your organization and the great work you do for the environment, the economy, and national security. Therefore, we will happily display your logo, complete with a link to your organization’s website, on our website. With over 1,000 monthly visitors to the Virginia Clean Cities website from industry, academia, the nonprofit sector, and local, state, and federal government you can expect to realize immense benefits in terms of outreach, marketing, and engagement.
  • Includes Individual Membership Benefits for Staff:
    Depending on the member level, your staff members will be granted guided access to the alternative fuel network, technology assistance via the Clean Cities Technical Response Service, and Clean Cities University (not to mention membership cards and bumper stickers).
  • May Participate on Project- or Fuel-Specific Committees:
    We invite you to participate and provide input in the various project- and fuel-specific Virginia Clean Cities standing committees. Our fuel-specific committees meet regularly, and our team is always looking for exciting new projects to advance alternative fuels research, clean fuels technology innovation, and infrastructure development. You are eligible to collaborate with us in any area as we advance a fuel and technology neutral market transformation to clean domestic fuel.
  • Receive Funding Updates:
    Our team will be there for you, diligently looking for appropriate funding opportunities for your organizational needs. When a grant or other funding opportunity arises, you’ll be informed promptly. It is our duty to make you aware whenever federal, state and local funding opportunities for alternative fuels deployment, education, advanced green technology projects, and infrastructure development arise.
  • Eligible for Media & Outreach Support:
    Our team is ready and waiting to help you with your media and outreach efforts. Drafting press releases; promoting your events; alerting media outlets of your success stories; forwarding information; connecting your organization with major decision makers in government and the alternative fuels industry; and spotlighting your recent projects and accomplishments in our email and print publications are ways that we advance mission appropriate outreach.
  • Grant Writing Assistance:
    The Virginia Clean Cities team contains highly skilled grant writers, and Diamond level memberships and above grants you access to their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Our team can leverage our expertise and your unique needs to submit grant applications and seek alternative fuel deployment funding for your organization or your partners. Our target areas are alternative fuels barrier reduction, education, infrastructure development, and vehicle deployments through a variety of private, federal, and state supporting programs. We stand ready to discuss grant and other funding opportunities at any time.
  • Company Logo in Newsletter and Other Documents:
    Your logo will be featured in every Stakeholder Update and other VCC publications (unless otherwise requested). A link to your organization will also be included in the majority of our outreach emails which are viewed by thousands each month.
  • Inclusion in Social Media Announcements:
    Unless otherwise requested, you will be featured in our social media announcements. Whenever you participate in a prominent project or reach a milestone that you or VCC staff feels warrants major attention, we will feature your work on the Virginia Clean Cities Facebook page, twitter feed, YouTube channel, and/or website.
  • Eligible for Board of Directors:
    Virginia Clean Cities is served by a dedicated and skilled Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds ranging from government and industry to academia and the nonprofit sector who all share a passion for environmental sustainability and alternative fuels. Our Board has oversight over the general organizational structure and management of Virginia Clean Cities and is made up of stakeholders and members that are in good standing who have made significant contributions to our effort in Virginia. Platinum members and above are eligible for nomination to the VCC Board of Directors, where you can help make decisions that positively impact the alternative fuels industry. If you’d like to be considered for the Board of Directors, please let us know.

Your tax-deductible, annual membership also entitles you to:

  • Virginia Clean Cities Membership Card
  • Virginia Clean Cities Bumper Sticker
  • Reduced Fees for Events and Sponsorship
  • Bi-monthly Newsletters
  • Special Access Passes at Events

What Can VCC Do For You

As a Virginia Clean Cities member, you will receive direct access to our diverse and large stakeholder base, access to meetings, trainings, various publications, funding opportunities, the best information sources available, and more. More specifically:

  • VCC saves you time and money. As a member, you are eligible for individual consultation and business assistance on alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, and other technologies that reduce petroleum use and save money! VCC assists Virginia’s 360 alternative fuel stations and 90 alternative fuel fleets.
  • VCC provides grant writing assistance and exclusive access to funding opportunities from the federal government, state and local agencies, nonprofits, and foundations. VCC has experience writing and managing competitive grants from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and foundations and collaborates with stakeholders in their deployment.
  • VCC provides networking opportunities with fleets and industry partners that have experience in alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. VCC hosts stakeholder meetings and attends regional and national conferences so we can easily put you in touch with the partners you need to succeed.
  • VCC directs and creates alternative fuels educational events, offering access to technical trainings, workshops, and webinar opportunities. VCC hosts events, trainings, and webinars that can educate your organization and assist with professional development.
  • VCC helps with media and outreach efforts such as drafting press releases, promoting your events, and highlighting your recent projects and accomplishments in our publications. VCC has thousands of unique visitors to its website annually and distributes a newsletter to over 3,000 stakeholders bi-monthly. 

We are willing to discuss additional levels of support and corresponding benefits that fit your particular needs. Call our office at (540) 568-8896 or email us at info@vacleancities.org to discuss how we can help, and how we can work together to move Virginia towards greater energy independence, economic security, and a cleaner and more diverse transportation future.

Who Are VCC’s Members?

VCC’s members are linked by a common goal – to save money while protecting the environment. Our current members consist of fuel suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, private companies, local governments, state and federal agencies, and interested citizens. A full list of current stakeholders can be found here.

How to Join

Joining Virginia Clean Cities is easy, you can either:

1. Download our Membership Form, fill out the back page, and send it to VCC with payment (options below) or
2. Contact Alleyn Harned at 540-568-8896 or by email for more information and further direction

Payment Options

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Success Stories

Clean Cities National Parks Initiative (Completed in 2015)

VCC is working with the Shenandoah National Park to deploy electric vehicles and propane mowers and to explain these technologies to park visitors. This partnership will help the National Park Service to accelerate the introduction and deployment of domestically produced alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles. Over the course of the project, VCC will produce an educational video about the Park’s sustainable vehicle program, and lead a project kick-off event as an education and outreach tool for Park staff, visitors, and media outlets. VCC will also develop electric vehicle charger design protocols in the form of a case study, and provide other technical assistance as needed to the Park. The Shenandoah National Park will acquire a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, an all-electric vehicle, three 220V EV chargers, and 12 propane lawn mowers. VCC also supports the Blue Ridge Parkway’s efforts with propane service vehicles.

Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth (Completed in 2015)
Virginia Clean Cities was engaged in a two-year, Department of Energy funded grant program called Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth. This program aimed to address numerous shortfalls in the large-scale adoption of alternative fuels and deployment of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The program was managed and performed by a partnership of several organizations throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. As part of this grant, these partners comprised the Clean Domestic Fuel Council. Virginia Clean Cities’ primary role was participating in this council and collaboratively planning seminars, webinars, trainings, and assisting with the creation and management of focus groups that addressed the projects goals of education and barrier reduction in regards to alternative fuels (with emphasis on CNG and Propane) in the DMV region. Virginia Clean Cities also assisted in policy education initiatives and disseminated existing materials that informed stakeholders about relevant regulations that impact the process of alternative fuel deployment.

Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP) (Completed in 2014)

This project will convert over 1,200 vehicles across 36 fleets to propane, conduct propane road shows across 12 states, and deploy a national marketing and outreach campaign. The project is expected to eliminate over 4,000 tons of pollutants over the 4 years, displace 4 million gallons of gasoline, and create/retain many jobs. Propane is a cheaper cleaner burning transportation fuel that is a byproduct of oil a gas exploration and over 90% of it is produced domestically.

Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (Completed in 2014)
Virginia Clean Cities collaborated with the North Carolina Solar Center/NC State University (NCSC) in conducting a 24-month Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT) project with federal funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy. The main purpose of the project was to reduce barriers to alternative transportation fuel adoption and focused on the expansion of biodiesel, ethanol (E85), natural gas, propane and electricity in fueling transportation. The project culminated in the development of a Petroleum Displacement Toolkit and the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference during the second year of the grant.

Clean Transportation Project (Completed in 2014)
The Clean Transportation Project sought to improve air quality in Virginia by advancing alternative and renewable fuel adoption through outreach and education in cities, towns, and counties in every corner of the Commonwealth. Virginia Clean Cities enabled this adoption through in person meetings to educate decision makers at the local government level. It is our hope that this outreach translated directly into alternative and renewable fuel adoption in Virginia.

Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi) (Completed in 2013)
The main objective of the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative is to advance the Richmond Region as an attractive and sustainable market for electric vehicle technology. A Richmond Regional Strategic Plan has been developed to prepare the Commonwealth to develop electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure. This infrastructure will help prepare for the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles. Project modeling and planning activities will reflect local needs and challenges, and will include a comprehensive team of over fifty local and national experts to facilitate success.

National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (Completed in 2012)
VCC hosted two Odyssey Day events in 2012; one in Chesapeake, Virginia and one in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The day was dedicated to the promotion of Alternative Fuel Vehicles and raising awareness for energy security and cleaner air. Industry experts were on hand at Odyssey events to answer questions and educational seminars were featured to provide detailed information about viable alternative fuel options and how they apply to the audiences’ local communities.

United Soybean Board Biodiesel Education Program (Completed in 2012)
VCC partnered with the United Soybean Board to produce a series of webinars titled “Biodiesel and Our Changing Biofuels Landscape.” The soybean check off has been instrumental in developing the biodiesel industry and continuing research to prove the benefits of the domestically produced fuel. Through this project, VCC shared information about bioproducts, such as environmentally friendly industrial lubricants and cleaners. Based on U.S. Department of Energy figures, if every truck driver used a B2 blend of biodiesel, the U.S. trucking industry would consume over 796 million gallons of biodiesel, or the equivalent of over 530 million bushels of soybeans annually.

DMME Omnibus V (Completed in 2012)
This project was composed of three tasks: 1.) Virginia Agricultural Biofuels Initiative helped biofuels producers connect with markets, including ethanol and biodiesel; 2.) Creation of a gaseous fleet program to assist local governments and business fleets with transitioning to natural gas and propane autogas vehicles; and 3.) Stakeholder technical assistance funds were utilized for the many technical support items requested by the state and fleets within Virginia.

National Clean Diesel Campaign (Completed in 2012)
VCC managed a project that retrofitted 35 Hampton Roads Transit buses with emissions reduction equipment, replaced 10 Chesapeake refuse haulers ahead of schedule with natural gas models, replaced City of Richmond refuse haulers with a natural gas model, and replaced 4 Spotsylvania Public Schools buses ahead of schedule with propane models.

Green Operators (GO) Program (Completed in 2012)
The program was awarded funding to assist the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Quality Management Association (MARAMA) and the Virginia Port Authority with the implementation of a GO Program in cooperation with the Virginia Port Authority. The program was the first of its kind to assist drayage operators with voluntary retrofit or replace old drayage trucks serving the Port of Virginia, and reward shippers that want to green their supply chain. VCC provided technical assistance and helped with the refinement and administration of the program. GO partners included both carriers and shippers, each doing their part to clean up the air.

Luck Stone Construction Repower (Completed in 2012)
Funding from the EPA to VCC and James Madison University helped launch the first construction repowering project in Virginia to reduce harmful diesel pollution at the Luck Stone plants operating in Richmond, Charlottesville, Leesburg, and Burkeville.

“James Madison University was pleased to join this innovative public-private partnership pursuing solutions to improve air quality and produce jobs in the Commonwealth. This initiative provided a unique opportunity for the faculty, staff, and students of JMU to participate on a project with the potential to positively impact the lives of Virginians.”

    -Ken Newbold, Director of Research Development, James Madison University.

EPA’s $710,000 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant, combined with $1.1 million from Luck Stone, enabled the company to repower or replace 11 off-road construction vehicles with new, more efficient diesel engines and generators.  

Clean School Bus Program (Completed in 2011)
The objective of the Clean School Bus Program was to promote healthy air, especially for student riders, by reducing diesel exhaust emissions from school buses in Virginia through several methods, including installation of exhaust after-treatment devices, use of biodiesel blends and propane, and bus replacements. VCC was able to convene a diverse array of partners to initiate several exciting projects. Some highlights include:

Hydrogen Education for Decision Makers (Completed in 2011)
VCC received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a Virginia-Maryland-DC Hydrogen Education for Decision Makers Project. The goal of the three year project was to increase a targeted audience’s understanding of hydrogen and fuel cells, including early market applications, and to provide specific examples of actions that the targeted audience – state and local government leaders – can take to support the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. A dozen in-person workshops, video resources produced by and broadcast on the MotorWeek public television series, a website, podcasts, webcasts and “new media” all helped to carry the message.

VA-MD-DC E85 Infrastructure Project (Completed 2011)
VCC was awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance E85 infrastructure development along the I-95, I-64 Crescent Corridor that traverses Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. in order to make the alternative fuel available to an estimated 15,000 public and private flex-fuel vehicles. To date, 6 stations have been opened in Virginia.

Virginia Get Ready Project (Completed in 2010)
VCC created and managed the Virginia Get Ready effort, which produced the Virginia Get Ready: Electric Vehicle Plan. The goal was to establish Virginia as a leader in the adoption of the electric vehicles in order to reduce vehicle emissions, increase energy independence, and generate positive economic development for the Commonwealth.

Biodiesel Workshops (Completed in 2009)
VCC won a competitive grant award from the National Biodiesel Foundation to host biodiesel fuel quality seminars to advance education on biodiesel quality issues. The target audience for these events included petroleum marketers, fleet managers, federal and state enforcement professionals and others.

Federal Fleet Retailer Workshop (Completed in 2009)
VCC hosted a follow-up workshop to the federal fleets workshop held to bring together mandated and voluntary fleets, as well as alternative fuel retailers. The workshop was structured as a working meeting to determine the best locations for alternative fuel stations.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation CNG Success Story (Completed in 2008)
To restrict the use of private vehicles and reduce the amount of emissions within tourist area, Colonial Williamsburg converted to CNG buses in 1995 and has more than 20 CNG buses that operate daily.

Biodiesel in the Dragon Run – A Roadmap to Preservation (Completed in 2007)
Located in the Middle Peninsula of Virginia, the Dragon Run Watershed is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most pristine waterways and encompasses parts of Essex, King and Queen, Middlesex, and Gloucester Counties. The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC)’s Dragon Run Steering Committee, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC), and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program co-sponsored the development of a Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) for the Dragon Run Watershed in order to support and promote community-based efforts to preserve the cultural, historic, and natural character of the Dragon Run, while preserving property rights and the traditional uses within its watershed.

As part of the Dragon SAMP, a study was conducted in October 2005 to identify and explore economic development activities and opportunities that sustain traditional land uses while enhancing the natural resource base or at least minimizing adverse impacts. Seven areas were selected for further exploration, including biodiesel utilization and production. The study found biodiesel utilization to be an example of an enterprise that fits within the overall goal of sustainable natural resource-based economic development for the watershed, whether carried out within the public or private sectors.

As a result, VCC was contracted by the MPPDC to continue further exploration of biodiesel market viability and its potential to fulfill the goal to provide sustainable natural resource-based economic benefit to the watershed community centered around the use and production of biodiesel as a cleaner, healthier, domestic alternative to fossil fuel.

VCC worked with stakeholders to develop a feasibility study to determine how best to develop the biodiesel market in the Dragon Run Watershed. The coalition worked with the school districts in and around the watershed, including Essex, Middlesex, Gloucester, King and Queen, and Mathews Counties to introduce resolutions and partnership agreements. Four out of the five watershed school districts signed the partnership agreements and passed resolutions encouraging increased use and production of biodiesel.

On March 1, 2008, VCC was awarded a Clean School Bus USA grant for its proposal on behalf of the Middle Peninsula school districts. In addition to the clean air and health benefits, the Clean School Bus award supported many components of the effort to preserve the sensitive Dragon Run watershed. School buses in five counties were retrofitted with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) to reduce diesel exhaust emissions. Idle reduction practices were reviewed by experts from Argonne National Laboratory and equipment to reduce school bus idling was considered. School fleet administrators learned about the air quality advantages of a new propane-powered school bus. All of the school districts had the opportunity to use biodiesel blends to further reduce exhaust emissions and support preservation by using and promoting more widespread public acceptance of a clean, renewable fuel made from soybeans grown on local farmland that serves as a natural buffer, whose large land tracts to protect the Dragon Run Watershed from sprawling development.

Virginia Hydrogen Economy Roundtable (Completed in 2006)
VCC coordinated the Virginia Hydrogen Economy Roundtable, which represented participants from over 30 organizations, whose purpose was to determine the potential role for hydrogen systems in Virginia’s energy future. Completed work on the on “Virginia’s Vision and Strategy for the Hydrogen Economy” and are now working on implementing the recommendations.

Other successes and projects:

  • VCC was awarded DOE funding to help offset the incremental cost of 4 CNG school buses for Virginia Beach Public Schools, 3 CNG school buses and refueling infrastructure for Charlottesville Public Schools, 4 CNG school buses for Arlington County Public Schools, and 7 CNG transit buses and refueling infrastructure for National Airport.
  • A Southern States Energy Board award was used for 4 workshops to increase awareness of biodiesel and challenges small-scale producers face (safety, quality & permitting).
  • VCC secured funding for B20 pilot projects for Arlington, Northumberland & Westmoreland Counties, and Sysco.
  • A State Energy Division award helped deploy three parallel projects involving James Madison University, Virginia Tech and a farm in Caroline County to evaluate small-scale biodiesel production feasibility and safety.
  • VCC secured funds from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for Virginia schools diesel retrofit program (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Henrico and Gloucester).

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Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program
This program will help you pool your buying power to drive electric at a discount. We can reduce the cost and complexity of going electric, increase the number of electric vehicles in our communities, decrease the amount of air pollution in our communities, and drive progress toward our region’s climate goals.

Beginning in mid-November, Virginia Clean Cities, in partnership with neighboring communities throughout Northern Virginia, is launching an EV group-purchasing program, which allows the selected EV dealership, Priority Nissan of Tyson’s Corner, to be able to offer more competitive pricing will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to drivers.

Vehicle Emission Reduction, Deployment, and Education (VERDE) Project

VCC is continuing their efforts to reduce toxic diesel emissions by working with a truck and stops in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and a warehouse in Maryland to install 102 electrified parking spaces. These electrified parking spaces will significantly eliminate diesel emissions due to long periods of idling by the class-8 trucks. VCC is also assisting the City of Roanoke with the replacement of a diesel landscape truck with a cleaner propane truck and the City of Richmond with the repower of 12 heavy duty diesel trucks with cleaner burning natural gas engines.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Opportunity Center

VCC seeks to expand the domestic supply chain of components and systems necessary for the manufacture and scale-up of the supply chain by building and populating a comprehensive database and by driving U.S. companies to the site via an aggressive outreach campaign using trade association outreach, webinars, social media, and personal contact. This effort will advance hydrogen fuel cell suppliers in the transportation, utility, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, with a focus on the transportation sector in fuel and infrastructure supply chain systems.

Clean Cities Coalition Support
VCC provides ongoing support to the U. S. Department of Energy’s local alternate fuels deployment and educational efforts. As an officially recognized coalition since 1996, Virginia Clean Cities coalition members displace tons of greenhouse gases each year millions of gallons of gasoline. The Virginia Clean Cities Coalition is supported by hundreds of local business and fleet partners who serve as stakeholder members.

Virginia Port Authority Green Operator Program

The Virginia Port Authority and VCC are working together to reduce harmful diesel emissions in the Hampton Roads region. This project establishes a Green Operator Hotline that assists truck drivers with information on financing a drayage truck replacement. The program provides a $20,000 incentive towards the purchase of newer drayage trucks and up to $6,000 towards the purchase of a retrofit. VCC is assisting with program management, marketing and outreach.

Mid-Atlantic Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

VCC has partnered with private sector infrastructure companies and the USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Program to advance ethanol use in the Mid-Atlantic region and to install 53 additional ethanol stations. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will administer the program with the assistance of Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). Partners in the program include two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designated Clean Cities Coalitions, as well as agricultural and energy offices of each state. State grain associations and agricultural partners are engaged as well as the private sector infrastructure partners to complete station build.

DMME Technical Support
VCC provides direct support to the State Energy Office on a variety of alternative fuels and domestic energy efforts related to petroleum reduction. These tasks include programs and projects that are reviewed regularly in support of Virginia’s efforts. This has included the state natural gas vehicle efforts, the state propane vehicle efforts, and the state electric vehicle efforts as well as state biodiesel, ethanol and hydrogen programs.

Sub-Project (DMME Technical Support): Alternative Fuels Program Government Fleet Vehicle Incentive (CMAQ)
State agencies and local governments in specific air quality non-attainment, ozone attainment and/or maintenance areas may be reimbursed for incremental costs to transition to alternative fuels such as natural gas or propane autogas. Reimbursements are up to an average of $10,000 for the incremental cost of new vehicles or reasonable aftermarket conversions.

DOE – NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle First Responder Training
Virginia Clean Cities is working with the National Fire Protection Association to develop and conduct training for First Responders focusing on alternative fuel vehicles. This training will target first responders in 15 selected states. VCC’s primary role in the project is logistics and coordination, while NFPA will develop the training curriculum.

Mentoring
Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University (JMU) in partnership with NREL is advancing mentoring to other Clean Cities Coalitions across the country. The objective of this effort is to utilize Clean Cities coordinators as experts and advisors for other designated Clean Cities coalitions in providing assistance in improving current practices and learning new and updated practices and processes to help ensure the ultimate success of the coalition. Mentee coalitions are garnered both through inquiries to NREL and by VCC identifying coalitions that could benefit from assistance and conducting outreach.

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Clean Air Consulting

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Advanced fuels and vehicle technologies are rapidly gaining, especially among fleet consumers. Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) is the Commonwealth’s leader in business-smart vehicle deployments. VCC is a mission-driven and fuel-neutral non-profit with unparalleled access to resources through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program. Whether you are a fleet needing to assess options or an industry partner exploring market opportunities, VCC can meet your needs.

If you are a manufacturer, equipment installer, fleet, government, or just a curious partner, we can help.


Clean Air Consulting with Virginia Clean Cities can help you with:

Analysis and Planning;

    Fleet organizations of all sizes and types are under increasing pressure to reduce long-term costs and increase sustainability. However, hasty, ill-conceived actions may lead to unacceptable consequences. VCC works with fleets to provide data-driven analysis. As a mission-driven non-profit, VCC is not tied to any specific fuel type or industry. We help you to develop actionable plans that achieve your financial and sustainability goals. Then we work in partnership to help you implement your plan by accessing a wide range of industry, government and peer-fleet resources.

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Education and Vehicle Demonstrations;

    Fleets contemplating a transition to alternative fuels or advanced and efficient vehicle technologies are confronted with a dizzying array of options – CNG, propane, bi-fuel, dual-fuel, dedicated, biofuels, hybrids, electric, upfits, OEM options, and on it goes. What are these options? What will work best operationally? What pencils out in your fleet? What is bleeding edge vs. proven? VCC has connections throughout the industry and access to technical resources and real world fleet experience. VCC can recommend solutions and help you set up trials to help you evaluate what will work in your fleet.

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Training;

    When considering whether and how to transition parts or all of your fleet to alternative fuels or advanced vehicle technologies, training must be part of the plan. Training needs may include technicians, drivers, emergency personnel, and even management. Subject areas are likely to include code compliance, vehicle inspections, vehicle maintenance and inspection protocols, and refueling infrastructure. VCC has training capabilities itself plus access to a wide range of proven training assets in various alternative fuels industries. We can work with you to identify, plan and coordinate the training your organization needs to achieve success and avoid pitfalls.

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Grant Writing;

    VCC can work with your fleet to provide general grant overview information. We will work with your team to match your needs with an appropriate funding source. We then research, author, and submit grants to appropriate funding sources. As a 501(c)(3) organization VCC is able to submit on behalf of your organization if non profit or state status is required. Once a grant is awarded, VCC can provide post-award grant and project management services to ensure compliance with applicable federal or state laws and successful project completion.

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Strategic Government Affairs;

    VCC works with local, state and federal legislators to draft policies related to alternative fuels and vehicles. VCC can assist your fleet with government action to reduce a market barrier, such as higher initial deployment costs, or regulatory issue. VCC can help identify and build political and community awareness and support for your alternative fuel project.

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Communications and Marketing;

    The Virginia Clean Cities team includes a full-time staff dedicate to media and press relations. We have relationships with media outlets around Virginia and national industry news publications. We utilize a variety of social media channels and can customize content and a strategy suited to a partner’s specific goals. We understand the power of visual, especially video, content, and we’ve developed the capabilities to produce content to support our partners and their goals. VCC can address each step of of a media outreach plan, including:

  • Develop a media plan including content development
  • Draft Press releases that include securing quotes and photographs
  • Facilitate press events
  • Secure earned media through outreach and media pitching
  • Cross promote media clips
  • Track and justify value through metrics and analytics
  • Facilitate digital and social media campaigns
  • Provide social media education and training
  • Conduct communication audits and related research projects
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    Market Research

      Virginia Clean Cities can assess market opportunities and strengths for a wide variety of industry partners. Virginia is an emerging market for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Our economy includes an strong industries such as logistics and manufacturing, transportation, shipping and much more. Virginia will become an even stronger market for alternative fuels as we convince Virginia’s political leaders to embrace strong alternative fuel incentives. As a result, many alternative fuel vehicle, infrastructure and other companies are beginning to focus on market opportunities in our state.

      Virginia Clean Cities is uniquely positioned to help assess these market opportunities and offer strategically sound advice. We have connections and experience working with fleets, access to data and tools, and experience conducting various types of market analyses. These include analyses related to station developments, market potential for types of vehicle technologies, and dynamics in parts of Virginia that impact market acceptance and interest.

     


    Please contact Alleyn Harned at aharned@vacleancities.org or call (540) 568-8896 to discuss an idea or request a quote for services.

     


     

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    Virginia Clean Cities Consulting Success Stories
    • Private Station Outreach: VCC provided contracted work to Phillips Energy in 2010 for station opening event and ribbon cutting including numerous participants and significant outreach. A video of the event was also developed.
    • Private Fleet Grant Writing: VCC provided grant writing services in 2012 to Rover Marine for diesel repower of equipment.  Virginia Clean Cities has experience successfully writing grants for EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy DOE and with foundations.
    • Private Vehicle Manufacturer Demonstration: VCC provided support to Roush Cleantech in 2011 for demonstration of dedicated propane vehicle technology to dozens of fleets, this demonstration work allowed fleets to experience vehicles firsthand.
    • State Government Agency Technical Assistance: Virginia Clean Cities provided 2013 contracted support through our university partnership to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on subject of biodiesel.
    • Local Government County Alternative Fuel Fleet Review: VCC provided 2013 fleet support to Stafford County regarding their potential to use either and to deploy alternative fuels as well as information on cost saving potential.
    • Local Government Event Assistance: VCC provided event management assistance to City of Charlottesville for an electric vehicle workshop for possible site hosts and equipment providers, and tied work to a series of deliverables.
    • Local Government Fleet Analysis: VCC provided comprehensive 2011 review of Chesapeake refuse fleet and systems and coordinated with the EPA and with NREL on a formal business case report that allowed real analysis of fleet transition to alternative fuel as well as long term cost savings analysis.
     

     

     

     

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