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    Louisiana Clean Fuels’ Clean Fuel Leader Award Winners Announced

    October 14, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of the Clean Fuel Leader Awards on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019, at a welcome reception held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit. LCF, a designated US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, awards outstanding alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year. These awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Louisiana Clean Fuels stakeholders who have been working tirelessly to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions. 

    Ann Vail, Executive Director of LCF said, “This year I was overwhelmed by the level of cooperation and leadership we saw from our stakeholders. We are honored and humbled by their achievements to preserve our natural resources, reduce harmful emissions, and protect our nation’s energy security through the use of domestically produced alternative fuels and advanced technologies.”

    Steven Carville (Republic Services) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Republic Services received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, for reducing more than 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. Republic Services utilizes compressed natural gas (CNG) in LCF’s territory to fuel their refuse trucks. In addition, Republic Services reduces their emissions and fuel usage through other methods, including idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and fuel economy improvements. The award was accepted by Steven Carville on behalf of Republic Services (pictured left).

    “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Sharon Mann, General Manager for Republic Services. “Our company is dedicated to the environment, and we are very proud of this accomplishment. We are dedicated to continuing to help our environment and looking forward to continuing our commitment along with saving the planet.”

    United Parcel Service (UPS) received the Clean Fuel Champion Runner-Up award for the second-highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with over 800 tons reduced. UPS operates biodiesel, propane and natural gas vehicles within LCF’s territory, and the company has a major focus on corporate sustainability efforts. According to their sustainability report, their sustainability goals include sourcing 40% of their ground fuel from “low carbon or alternative fuels by 2025” and having 25% of their annual vehicle purchases be alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) was honored for their Corporate Leadership in recognition of their efforts to support the development of an electric vehicle charging Chelsea Adcock (SWEPCO) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)corridor along our interstate highways. Their support of the Louisiana Clean Fuels DC Fast Charging Master Plan, Louisiana Electric Vehicle Road Show, and their efforts to rally their community leaders and the major utilities in the state to submit proposals for funding for chargers from the state’s Volkswagen Settlement plan.

    “We’re proud to partner with Louisiana Clean Fuels and honored to receive the 2019 Corporate Leadership Award,” said Chelsea Adcock, Consumer Programs Marketing Coordinator for SWEPCO, who accepted the award on SWEPCO’s behalf (pictured right). “LCF has been a valuable resource as we determine the most effective and efficient way to bring electric vehicle infrastructure and hopefully, Electric Vehicle Alternative Fuels Corridors to Northwest Louisiana and its residents.”

    The Paretti Family of Dealerships was recognized with the Dealership of the Year award for their continued work in promoting electric vehicles and their active participation in LCF’s events throughout the year. The Paretti Family of Dealerships has been a prominent sponsor of LCF’s Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow in addition to showing their Jaguar I-PACE at several Road Show and National Drive Electric Week events.

    “The Paretti Family of Dealerships is committed to the sustainability and the future of electrification transportation,” said Mike Rase, Vice President of the Paretti Family of Dealerships.” As we look at Jaguar and Land Rover’s long range production forecasts it’s easy to see that EV’s are here to stay.  In fact, we have invested over $100,000 in EV infrastructure alone not to mention the training of multiple EV Specialists as well as technicians. It’s an honor to be receiving this special award.”

    Waste Management’s Fleet was recognized as having the Largest Growth by Volume of alternative fuel usage. They grew their natural gas usage by more than 300,000 GGEs in 2018. The Most Improved Fleet Award went to Eagle Distributing of Shreveport for growing their alternative fuel usage by in 2018 by ten times over the previous year.

    Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (LDEQ) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown was recognized for his Leadership in Public Service, with special recognition of LDEQ’s diligent work on the Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement as well as their efforts with alternative fuel corridors. Louisiana has been one of the first states in the country to both implement and fund diesel emission reduction projects under the VW Settlement and to successfully work with their DOTD to get the major interstates approved for signage and get that signage installed under the FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridors program. Ann Vail presented the award to Dr. Brown (pictured left) at the reception.

    “LDEQ supports the work Louisiana Clean Fuels does to promote the use of alternative fuels and zero emissions vehicles in our state,” Dr. Brown said. “We are all working toward a cleaner environment, and we have made great progress in Louisiana. LCF’s efforts have been key to achieving those gains.”

    Other awards were given out as follows:

    • Both Stone Oil and AmeriGas were awarded the “Top in Class” award for their Idle Reduction programs. Stone Oil reduces the emissions of marine vessels while they are docked in their ports by allowing the vessels to plug in to “shore power” and turn off their diesel engines. AmeriGas’s own idle reduction policies and equipment reduced the amount of fuel they wasted when the vehicles were parked, resulting in the largest fuel savings for any on-road fleet in our territory.
    • Ferrel Gas was honored for reducing the most Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by simply optimizing their routes. This resulted in a massive reduction of fuel use for the company, not only reducing their fuel cost but also reducing the emissions that would have been emitted by driving the longer routes.
    • Commuter Krewe was honored for their work to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles driving in the Baton Rouge area. Carpooling reduces the number of vehicles on the road and consequently helps reduce traffic congestion and vehicular emissions.
    • The Entergy E-Tech program was awarded “Most Innovative Incentive Program” for their electrification rebate program for their utility customers. Entergy customers can easily apply for a rebate by simply replacing large gaseous equipment with electric ones (ex: electric forklifts) or by installing electric vehicle charging stations (level 2 or 3).

    The following were also recognized for their efforts in reducing emissions and conserving fuel:

    • Best Performing Municipality without Transit: St. Landry Parish
    • Best Performing Municipality with Transit: Shreveport (SporTran)
    • Best Performing School District: East Baton Rouge Parish
    • Most CNG Used: Republic Services
    • Most Propane Used: UPS
    • Most E85 Used: LDEQ
    • Most Renewable Natural Gas Used: Waste Connections
    • Most Electric Used: SporTran
    • Above and Beyond Award: Jeff Cantin, President of Solar Alternatives
    • Community Spirit Award: Louisiana Tesla Owners and Dreamers Facebook Group

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail presented the awards and announced the winners at the event, which was sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech. LCF is proud to honor these outstanding organizations and to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals.

    For more information, please visit www.louisianacleanfuels.orgSee all photos from the event here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hD8Z-aXHEg6NfwkJzq0siKZtDfxnFW_V?usp=sharing

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels to Honor Clean Fuel Leaders at Reception, October 9, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 4, 2019 - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), a U.S. Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition, will host their Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at a Welcome Reception at Mannings in New Orleans from 6 PM-9 PM on October 9th to honor clean fuel champions and welcome attendees of the Clean Fuels Summit the following day.

    LCF’s Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards will recognize outstanding organizations within the alternative fuels industry. These awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Louisiana Clean Fuels stakeholders who have been working tirelessly to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions.

    Awardees will be recognized in the following categories:

    • Clean Fuel Champion will recognize the top two fleets overall
    • Top In Class Awards will recognize emissions reduction achievements for non-alternative fuel projects (Idle Reduction, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction, and Carpooling).
    • Most Improved Fleets
    • Corporate Leadership 
    • Dealership of the Year
    • Leadership in Public Service
    • Municipalities of the Year
    • School District of the Year
    • Plus, other recognition awards for outstanding Louisiana fleets that reduce their emissions with alternative fuels and other fuel savings measures

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail will present the awards and announce the winners at the event, which is sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech. Recipients of past awards include UPS, Stone Oil, Republic Services, Corporate Green, East Baton Rouge School District, and St. Landry Parish Solid Waste.

    LCF is proud to present these awards to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals. The LCF Welcome Reception is open to clean fuels stakeholders and attendees of the Clean Fuels Summit.

    The Clean Fuels Leader Awards ceremony and Welcome Reception are being held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit happening the next day. The Clean Fuels Summit is the state’s premier alternative fuels conference and expo hosted by both Clean Cities coalitions in Louisiana – Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. The Summit, which is being held on October 10th at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, will feature an exclusive Ride & Drive on the racetrack, updates on the latest sustainable fleet technologies, and an impressive speaker lineup of clean fuel leaders from throughout the transportation industry.

    For more information, please visit www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    Contact: Ann Vail | [email protected] | 225-281-7353

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Tickets on Sale for Louisiana’s Top-Rated Clean Fuels & Technologies Conference, October 10th at NOLA Motorsports Park

       

    For Immediate Release

    October 2, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA -  The Clean Fuels Summit is the state’s premier alternative fuels conference and expo hosted by both Clean Cities coalitions in Louisiana – Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. The event, which is being held on October 10th at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, will feature an exclusive Ride & Drive on the racetrack, updates on the latest sustainable fleet technologies, and an impressive speaker lineup of clean fuel leaders from throughout the transportation industry.

    Featured Presentations: 

    • Future of Transportation: Bobby Hill, Vice President of North American Sales for Build Your Dreams (BYD), and Tom Hopkins, Regional Business Development Manager at ROUSH CleanTech, will discuss their respective companies’ visions of how technology is shaping and changing the industry. Attendees will get a sneak peek into what is coming in the not-so-distant future.
    • Dave Schaller of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) presentation “Plugging into Trucking Trends” will cover advancements in medium and heavy duty electric trucks, NACFE’s work to double freight efficiency, and their “Run on Less” truck demonstration this October.
    • A Workforce Development panel featuring Jared Schnader of CalStart and Bobby Hill of BYD, moderated by Chance McNeely, Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), will address the shortage of technicians in the automotive industry as well as innovative solutions to fill this critical workforce gap in the ever-increasing alternative fuel vehicle market.

    Additional Distinguished Speakers:

    • Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) will give an update on Louisiana’s Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement funding and projects.
    • The Keynote Presentation “Campus Community: Sustainability at Scale” will be delivered by Gretchen Vanicor and Terrence Chambers of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 
    • Tom Stephens of Argonne National Laboratory and Josh Schwartz of GPS Insight will explain the hidden value of Telematics data in “Gathering the Right Fleet Data & Choosing the Right Partner”.
    • Joe Annotti of GNA Clean Transportation & Energy Consultants will present on the latest fleet funding opportunities in “Finding the Funds: The Role of Incentives in Clean Transportation Projects”.


    Registration, information about speakers, as well as the full agenda for the Clean Fuels Summit are available at
    www.CleanFuelsSummit.com. General admission tickets are $30 online and $45 at the door. Discounts are available for students with a valid ID.   

    Who Should Attend?

    Business owners with sustainability goals, public and private fleet managers, elected officials, planners, corporate and university sustainability managers, transportation officials, LMTA members, students, freight stakeholders, and anyone interested in learning more about efforts to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.

    The Clean Fuels Summit is sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), the Paretti Family of Dealerships, Ingevity, GNA Clean Transportation & Energy Consultants, South Coast Solar, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), GPS Insight, Stone Oil, Atmos Energy, and the Louisiana Chemical Association.

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    About Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership: The Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership is a coalition of vehicle fleet managers and operators; alternative fuel vehicle and technology providers; local, state and federal government agencies; and other organizations interested in promoting policies and practices that diversify our transportation fuel options, improve our environment, and reduce fleet operational costs. As part of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities national network, the Clean Fuel Partnership provides education, technical assistance, funding information and other services to help fleets incorporate cleaner transportation options into their operations. The Clean Fuel Partnership is supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and is housed at the Regional Planning Commission serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes. More information is available at www.cleanfuelpartnership.org

    CONTACT: Ann Vail | [email protected] | (225) 281-7353 

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    Media Alert: "Louisiana Electric Vehicle Road Show" stops in Gonzales during National Drive Electric Week

    Media Alert 

    September 17, 2019

    CONTACT: Ann Vail | [email protected] | (225) 281-7353 

    WHAT: Over 20 local electric vehicle (EV) drivers and enthusiasts will be lining up at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales to show off their electric vehicles to highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars on September 21, 2019. The event is part of both the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week and the Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow hosted by Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, Louisiana’s two U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions.

    Attendees can view and learn about plug-in vehicles by Tesla, Chevrolet, Honda, Jaguar, Audi and Nissan. The staff of Louisiana Clean Fuels, a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss EV information with attendees. Representatives from Entergy eTech, Tesla, Solar Alternatives, Paretti Jaguar, and the Commuter Krewe of Louisiana will be present to offer more information on EVs, charging, and sustainable driving practices.

    This Gonzales event is one of more than 280 across the country (and around the world) where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.

    WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 10AM-1PM

    WHERE: Tanger Outlet Mall, 2410 Tanger Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737

    VISUALS: A showcase of over 20 EVs of various makes and models along with Tanger Outlet Mall’s EV charging stations.

    WHO: Louisiana Clean Fuels is organizing the Gonzales National Drive Electric Week event in conjunction with their Louisiana EV Roadshow. Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), Entergy eTech, Chargepoint, and the Commuter Krewe of Louisiana are local sponsors. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers. The Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive national automotive sponsor.

    For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: driveelectricweek.org

    For more information about Louisiana’s Drive Electric Week, visit: https://louisianacleanfuels.org/meetinginfo.php 

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels: Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. Our expertise represents the world’s deepest pool of experience of driving and living with plug-in vehicles. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. We drive electric. You can too. pluginamerica.org

    About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide. 

    About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.

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    Louisiana Clean Fuels selects Sean Chung as the recipient of the 2019 Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Summer Internship

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 18, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels is pleased to announce that Sean Chung has been selected for the 2019 Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Summer Internship. The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 300 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.

    The Clean Cities internship gives students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce emissions and help advance our nation's energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

    Sean is a graduate student at Indiana University currently pursuing dual degree of a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science. His long-term career goal is to work in the energy and environment sector because, he says, “I want to be a part of the effort to mitigate climate change and reduce pollution.” Sean applied for the Clean Cities Internship because he believes that electric vehicles (EVs) and alternative fuels are often overlooked compared to wind and solar as a means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “This internship at LCF is a fantastic opportunity to learn about and be a part of the projects and programs that promote the use of alternative fuels and EVs. I hope to take what I learn at LCF and apply it to my academic and professional work.”

    Pictured left to right: Jacob Holt, Sean Chung and Brittny Wilson
    Pictured left to right:  Jacob Holt, Sean Chung and Brittny Wilson

     

    Sean Chung was selected from a field of over 20 highly qualified candidates from all over the country who applied for the honor of being the recipient of this internship. These candidates came from 9 states across the US, and their majors ranged across various fields from engineering to computer science to political science. Sean will join two additional interns, Jacob Holt and Brittny Wilson, to work on projects such as idle reduction outreach, data collection and trend analysis, biofuels research and outreach, workplace charging outreach, and the LCF DC  Fast Charging Master Plan, along with assisting LCF staff with events and other duties.

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    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

     

    Tyler Herrmann promoted to Co-Coordinator

    Tyler Herrmann began working with us on July 1, 2017, as the LCF Project Assistant and quickly became an indispensable member of the team. He was promoted to Project Coordinator in early 2018, and he has now been promoted again to Co-Coordinator on March 13th, 2019. To become a Clean Cities Co-Coordinator is a pretty big deal. We have to get approval from the Department of Energy to add a Co-Coordinator by justifying that the Coordinator (Ann Vail) is in need of assistance. Our large territory was one of the many reasons we were able to justify our request. The promotion brings with it the ability for Tyler to participate in our quarterly and annual reporting requirements for the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Coalition network. Tyler's basic responsibilities will not change, but he will start becoming a more visible part of our outreach efforts and events.

    In his time at LCF, Tyler has developed and worked on several important projects, including the creation of our Green Fleets Certification Program. Tyler also developed a modified AFLEET tool to help with emissions calculations for the VW Mitigation Trust Settlement which was approved by Argonne National Laboratory, the original developers of AFLEET. Currently, Tyler is working with St. Landry Parish Solid Waste on a manual for their RNG project.

    In addition to these projects, Tyler also regularly speaks and presents at events and schools. Each year, Tyler does a presentation for 6th graders at Runnels to teach them the basics of alternative fuels. He has also done a First Responder Safety talk at a Civil Air Patrol meeting. Most recently, Tyler was added to the LSU Environmental Science curriculum as a regular speaker to talk about alternative fuels. 

    Please join us in congratulating Tyler on his position as the new Co-Coordinator for LCF!