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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator, Ann Vail, Inducted into Clean Cities Hall of Fame

    U.S. Department of Energy Honors Louisiana Leader for Advancing Affordable, Domestic Fuels and Technologies in Transportation

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator Ann Vail for her dedication and outstanding accomplishments in working to advance alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in transportation. DOE’s National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted Vail into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 7, while at the Florida Solar Energy Center, where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered for the 2018 Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop.

    Vail has been the coordinator of the Louisiana Clean Fuels coalition for nearly a decade, and her accomplishments during that time have been extensive. In 2016 alone, her coalition had an impact in energy use greater than 8.5 million gasoline gallon equivalents and averted more than 48,800 tons of emissions through projects focused on alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, and fuel economy improvements.

    “Her enthusiasm for the work makes us all strive to do better … be better.” Smith said.

    As a coordinator, Vail has garnered the support of both the state and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership. Shortly after assuming the role as coordinator, she successfully expanded the coalition’s territory in Louisiana and has expertly guided Louisiana Clean Fuels' stakeholder base through dramatic growth. This has led to significant gains in reported alternative fuel use from mere thousands in 2012 to upwards of 8 million gallons per year. She has also been a staunch advocate of ensuring the continued operation of a landfill gas operation in Louisiana.

    More recently, Vail has been actively involved with the state of Louisiana’s planning efforts for the Volkswagen Settlement, including extending her expertise to their state website, mitigation plan, and public notices. 


    From left to right: Dennis Smith, Linda Bluestien, Ann Vail, Mark Smith.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a designated member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions. Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. For more information, visit cleancities.energy.gov and cleancities.energy.gov/hall-of-fame.


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