The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that focuses on promoting the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as supporting the development of infrastructure necessary to make AFVs a viable transportation option. In March 1994, Boston became the 7 th U.S. city to be designated a Clean Cities Coalition. This Coalition expanded its mission in 1999 to become a statewide initiative under its present-day name, the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition.
Why Alternative Fuel Vehicles?
The transportation sector has an enormous impact on our environment, our national energy security, and our economy. No population relies more on the automobile to move from point to point than the United States' population. Furthermore, trucks transport most of our goods. The emissions from all of these vehicles are the single largest contributor to air pollution in many cities, which not only makes our air unhealthy to breathe, but also increases our healthcare costs. In addition, our gasoline and diesel fuel supplies rely heavily on imported oil, which is becoming increasingly more costly to obtain.
Alternative fuel vehicles offer a solution to these problems. AFVs use domestically produced fuels that are inherently cleaner, such as biodiesel or fuel cells, which can offer substantially lower tail pipe emissions. By encouraging AFV use, the Clean Cities Coalition will help to achieve energy security and environmental quality goals at both the national and local levels.
Key Initiative: Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative (MEVI )
A new initiative of the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is dedicated to advancing plug-in, fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative is a partnership between MCCC and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MassDEP, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Department of Transportation.
The Clean Cities Coalition provides:
- Grant funding opportunities
- Discussion forums for alternative fuels, vehicles, and related infrastructure
- Information pool and vendor base
- Technical assistance with alternative fuel projects
- Help with planning and implementing alternative fuel events
- Education and training for the safety and maintenance of vehicles and infrastructure
- Program support to increase alternative transportation for both state and local fleets across Massachusetts (mandated by the Green Communities Act)
Are you committed to building an AFV market? Join the Clean Cities Coalition
Public-private partnerships developed through stakeholders are integral to the Coalition's success. If you work in a business, institution, or government office that has an interest in alternative transportation/fuels, energy, and the environment, then you can join the Mass. Clean Cities Coalition as a stakeholder and help grow the AFV market. If your organization has a fleet, you can also learn how to reduce its carbon footprint. For more information, please contact Stephen.Russell@state.ma.us.
The Coalition hosts meetings for its stakeholders every other month. Anyone who is not a stakeholder but is interested in alternative transportation and fuels may also attend. Meetings feature current information and updates on the market; past topics include electric vehicle infrastructure, compressed natural gas use in transportation, and hybrid technology. Come to a meeting and find out what the Coalition is all about. We meet every other month, on the second Thursday of that month, in various locations throughout the state.
Clean Cities Coalition Meeting - Watch this page for information about upcoming meetings.
- Shorepower Technologies: Truck Stop Electrification (Jeremie Spitzer) file size 2MB
- Environmental Protection Agency: SmartWay Transport Partnership (Abby Swaine)
- AireDock: Anti-Idling System (Patrick Gwyther) file size 1MB
EOEEA, Clean Cities, and CLF EV Roundtable - March 7, 2013
- MA-EV Roundtable-Plug-in Action Tool file size 1MB
- MA-EV Roundtable-EV Boston file size 1MB
- MA-EV Roundtable-Conservation Law Foundation file size 2MB
- MA-EV-Roundtable-Massachusetts EV Update file size 1MB
- MA-EV Roundtable-MA GreenDOT
- MA-EV Roundtable-Northeast Utilities
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.