"Welcome to Clean Communities of Central New York"

Clean Cities strives to advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption.

About Clean Cities

Clean Cities strives to advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction.

About the Clean Cities Coalition of Central New York

Sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to reduce petroleum consumption. The Central New York Clean Cities Coalition is one of 90 local coalitions that develops public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles and idle reduction awareness.

Technology

Five Main Technology Areas We Focus On:

  • Alternative Fuels & Vehicles: According to the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen, electricity, propane, and methanol are the clean, domestically-found alternative fuels.  By converting to alternative fuels, we are contributing to oil independence, cleaner air quality, and combatting climate change.
  • Fuel Blends: Blending alternative fuels with conventional fuels allows unmodified vehicles to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions.
  • Fuel Economy: Fuel economy refers to the amount of fuel needed to move a vehicle a given distance.  Better fuel economy can save money, reduce emissions that advance global warming, reduce oil dependence, and increase energy sustainability.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles: HEVs combine the electrical benefits of high fuel economy and low emissions with the power, range, and convenience of conventional vehicles, while generally emitting fewer pollutants and greenhouse gases.
  • Idle Reduction: Idling vehicles wastes several billion gallons of fuels and emits large amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gases each year.  Thirty seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off and restarting the engine, so if you are stopping for more than thirty seconds, turn off the engine.

Current Projects

CCCNY has just completed our final recovery act project working with Modern Disposal to convert their diesel refuse trucks allowing them to operate on clean natural gas.  This is the final project of the US DOE’s Clean Cities /Economic Stimulus Program, bringing over 5 Million dollars of investment in clean fueled vehicles , infrastructure, and jobs to Central NY.  Other projects include:

Chemung County: Propane (LPG) powered pickup trucks and vans

City of Syracuse: Heavy duty CNG trucks, light duty CNG vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles

CuseCar: Solar Charging Stations, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Ferrario Ford: Propane (LPG) powered pickup trucks and fueling station

Malone CSDPropane (LPG) powered school buses

National Grid: Natural Gas Fueling Stations and CNG powered vehicles

Tompkins CountyHybrid Electric Vehicles

Trumansburg CSD: Propane (LPG) School Buses

Congratulations to all of you, and to your commitment to cleaner air, fuel efficiency, and the use of alternative fuels!  Also,congratulations to Greg Tyler from Cazenovia who recently took delivery of the first Nissan Leaf in CNY.