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A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
February 2016
GREENLINE is published by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC). This e-newsletter is a part of our goal to broaden visibility for the coalition and to achieve Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air, and Clean Cities. To help support our mission, we encourage you to become a 2016 annual sponsor of CACC and register to attend our Green Drives Conference on Thursday, May 19. Also, make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

New Midwest Initiative Makes It Easier to Convert to Alt Fuels

Advanced VTech, AGA Systems, Ozinga Energy, and STAG USA are teaming up to launch the Midwest Alternative Fuel Initiative.

The partnership, which will be supported by Fifth-Third Bank, will help businesses and municipalities in the Chicago area, southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana develop alternative fuels programs.

The Midwest Alternative Fuel Initiative will offer a complete “solution-based” alternative-fuels program, tailored to the needs of a particular municipality or business, addressing emission reduction, conversion cost, access to fuel, service, maintenance, financing, and technology.  

The new program also is meant to increase awareness for the funding and incentive programs made available through the Chicago Area, Wisconsin, and South Shore (Northern Indiana) Clean Cities coalitions.

Participants will be in position to not only dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions by 20 to 40 percent, but also fuel their fleets at prices lower than 50 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE), net of the current Federal rebate if you compress your own natural gas.

Certified systems are readily available for many late model Ford and GM truck, SUV and car platforms that are commonly used by municipal, law enforcement, and delivery and service businesses.  Risk-free trials are available, and Advanced VTech offers grant application assistance, where available.  

Working with the Chicago Area, Wisconsin, and South Shore Clean Cities’ coalitions, the Midwest Alternative Fuel Initiative makes it easier than ever to utilize domestic fuel while lowering costs and minimizing carbon emissions.
For more program information, contact Advanced VTech at 847-777-5000.

Nissan Supports Clean Cities

Nissan recently teamed up with Chicago Area Clean Cities as an annual sponsor of the coalition. Nissan was a pioneer in bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the mass market with the Nissan LEAF. Nissan is again leading the charge with the new 2016 LEAF, featuring an available 30 kWh battery that provides an EPA-estimated best-in-class range of 107 miles – a 27-percent increase over the previous 24 kWH battery. With more than 185,000 current Nissan LEAF owners around the world, it's clear that Nissan LEAF gives drivers the space and range to meet everyday needs; an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower operating and maintenance costs; and a starting price after tax incentives comparable to a similarly sized gas-powered car. To learn more about the LEAF, click here. Nissan is offering an $8,000 fleet incentive for the 2015 and 2016 LEAF electric vehicles. This incentive is available to commercial and government fleets and can be combined with federal and state rebates. To request Fleet Program Benefits or to find out more about this fleet incentive offer, visit

AmeriGas Sponsors Clean Cities

AmeriGas is supporting CACC as a sponsor. AmeriGas is the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, serving approximately two million customers in all 50 states from approximately 2,000 distribution locations.
“With AmeriGas, you get more than just a propane supplier,” said Jaime Mendez, area sales manager for AmeriGas Propane. “You get a propane expert and partner. Our mission for more than 50 years has been to provide our customers with the most reliable, safest, and responsive propane service in the nation.”
AmeriGas offers propane for a variety of uses, including motor fuel, home heating, space heating, water heating, pool and spa heating, drying, cooking, and grilling. Click to learn more about propane, the safe fuel.

Register Today for the Midwest's Largest Green Transportation Expo

The Lake Michigan Consortium – a collaborative effort between the Chicago Area, Wisconsin and South Shore (Northern Indiana) Clean Cities coalitions – will host the 5th annual Green Drive$ Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville on Thursday, May 19. 
“As one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest, Green Drive$ is a great opportunity to network, and to learn about new technologies, alternative fuels, charging and fueling infrastructure, and funding and incentives,” said John Walton, vice chairman of Chicago Area Clean Cities.
Green Drive$ will showcase fuel-saving and carbon-reducing technologies for commercial, industrial and consumer use. It also will shine the spotlight on several private and public fleets in the tri-state region that operate their vehicles on clean-burning fuels. Attendees will learn of first-hand experiences from fleets currently using natural gas, propane, electric vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies.
Speakers from Fleet Owner magazine, automakers, shipping and logistics companies, and suppliers and vendors will address topics covering advanced-vehicle technologies and alternative fuels. More than two-dozen green vehicles will be showcased. Members of the three coalitions will offer updates on financing projects and funding opportunities to make clean energy even more affordable.

The NIU Conference Center is located at 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563. Click HERE to register for tickets and click HERE to sponsor the event. 
Make Green by Sponsoring Green

We expect Green Drives to sell out this year with 250 participants. Those attending the May 19th program include public and private fleet managers, federal, state and local government officials, auto manufacturers, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, clean-tech and clean-energy professionals, and news media. Don't miss out, SIGN UP TODAY to be a sponsor.
Complete Your Fleet Fuel Survey

We are in the final stages of collecting information from 2015 based on your fleet's alt-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles, idle-reduction efforts, alt-fuel station openings and fuel-economy improvements. Please take a moment to fill out the survey based on your fleet. By doing so, you'll help us track all of the alt-fuel usage, locations and vehicles in Chicago area. Please click here to complete the report with 2015 fleet data and email it to

Support Clean Cities, Green Fleets: Sponsor Us!

CACC sponsorships for 2016 are now available. Sponsors help the coalition to hold workshops and seminars, and to work with area fleets, community leaders and citizens to further the coalition's mission of Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air and Clean Cities. Click here to download our sponsor guide. To learn more, contact Joe Koenig at 708-414-1065 or via email.
Special Thanks to Our Major Sponsors of Chicago Area Clean Cities
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