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GREENLINE
A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
 
October/November 2015
Welcome to GREENLINE, published by 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 remember to attend our End of the Year Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

Learn About Chicago's Drive Clean Truck Voucher Program for Hybrid and Electric Trucks, Buses

Dial-in on Oct. 20, 2015 at 11 AM CT for a webinar about the Drive Clean Truck Voucher Program for hybrid and electric trucks and buses. Commercial and public fleets, vehicle manufacturers, and vendors are invited to participate. 

This helpful webinar will provide important information on how to participate in the Drive Clean Truck Program and will include an overview on program goals and objectives, eligible technologies and incentive amounts, and steps on how to submit and redeem a voucher. 

Vehicle purchasers that operate within the six eligible counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will) are invited to submit a voucher request through an approved vendor for the purchase of a Class 2-8 hybrid or electric vehicle.

Presenters include Samantha Bingham, Environment Policy Analyst with the Chicago Department of Transportation; Tom Brotherton, Regional Director with CALSTART; and Priscilla Barragan, Voucher Administrator with Tetra Tech, Inc.
 
This webinar will feature fleet case studies on the benefits of integrating low to zero-emission trucks and buses into fleet operations and will include success stories from Drive Clean Chicago participants. 

Click here to register.

Highland Park Car Wash Installs EV Charger

Crossroads Car Wash in Highland Park, Ill. recently installed an electric-vehicle charging station for the convenience of its EV customers. Crossroads is offering free recharging during detailing work, or if EV drivers are driving by and need a charge.

Crossroads installed its EV station last May. The ChargePoint station was supplied by Carbon Day Automotive, an EV installer based in Riverwoods, Ill. that supplies charging stations to apartments, fleets, municipalities, parking services, retailers, and workplaces.

“Many of our clients have EVs, and the new charger has been very popular with our customers since its installation,” said Earl Slavin, owner of Crossroads Soft Cloth Car Wash and Detail, located at 64 Skokie Valley Road, in Highland Park, north of Lake Cook Road.

“Having an EV charging station fits with our DNA at Crossroads and the customers we are serving,” Slavin said. “We use environmentally friendly and biodegradable chemicals in our cleaning processes, and our goal is to provide maximum vehicle protection with minimal environmental impact. Adding this charging station is another step in our efforts to be both green and to serve our customers.”

Chicago-based Produce Company Green By Nature, Greener By Choice

A family owned Chicago company is leading the way when it comes to being green, and there is lots of green at this company — as in, vegetables.

Testa Produce, based in Chicago for 103 years, operates out of one of the greenest facilities you will ever see – as in, eco-friendly. The company’s three-year-old, 91,300 square-foot LEED® Platinum Certified facility features a wind turbine, solar panels and a 45,000-square-foot green roof.

Owner Peter Testa says going green always sounded like a good idea, but sounding and doing are two different things. It took a real commitment.

“As a produce company, we’re naturally a green company,” Testa says. “So, using renewable energy and environmentally friendly fuels, it all kind of fits together.”

Testa Produce provides foodservice to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, country clubs, sports venues, and catering services. The Chicago Area Clean Cities member has 15 delivery trucks that are powered by clean-burning, low-cost domestic compressed natural gas (CNG). The company is adding five additional CNG trucks to its fleet in November.

“We’re always looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Barbara Daly, facilities and quality assurance manager, Testa Produce. “Our 24-and 26-foot refrigerated CNG trucks have replaced our biodiesel trucks, helping us to lower our carbon footprint even more and bringing us closer to our goal of zero dependence on foreign oil within five years.” 

Prior to piloting electric and CNG trucks, Testa Produce was one of the first companies in the Chicago area to convert its entire delivery fleet to biodiesel, as well as all of its company cars to hybrids.

All told, Testa believes that their green initiative has saved the company another kind of green — lowering costs by 10 percent to 15 percent each year. 

U.S. DOE Hosts Coordinator Workshop at Argonne National Laboratory


Representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered at Argonne National Laboratory in early September for the annual Clean Cities Coordinator Workshop. Coordinators met for three days of peer exchange to learn best practices, new research and resources to take back to their home states. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

"Clean Cities coordinators learned about new analysis and products from the national laboratories involving many areas of research, including idle reduction, fuel economy, electric vehicles, powertrain and battery technologies," said Marcy Rood, an environmental analyst at Argonne National Laboratory and a CACC board member. "They also completed collaborative leadership training, which they will use to benefit the communities they serve."

One of the most highly rated events at the meeting was a fleet seminar with Chicago-area representatives from Alpha Baking Company and Testa Produce serving on the panel.

At the meeting, National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted Samantha Bingham (Chicago), Carl Lisek (South Shore), and Lorrie Lisek (Wisconsin) into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the trio's outstanding contributions to the Clean Cities' mission of reducing petroleum use in U.S. transportation.
 

Cummins NPower Supports CACC

Cummins NPower, the upper Midwest's premier Cummins engine and power-generation systems distributor, recently signed on as a gold sponsor of Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition. Sponsorships help support the coalition’s educational outreach efforts and its actions to build awareness for environmentally friendly solutions.
 
Cummins began alternative-fuel product development in 1988. More than 34,000 Cummins-manufactured natural gas engines are in service worldwide today, designed to meet the most stringent emissions regulations and provide efficient and reliable service. 
 
The benefits of alternative fuels and Cummins’ natural gas engines include:
  • Ultra-low emissions.
  • Excellent torque, high fuel efficiency and reliable, robust performance.
  • Emerging economic advantages.
  • Reduced engine noise means reduced community impact, and additional driver and passenger comfort.
  • Customer support and service via a worldwide distribution and service network.
For detailed information on Cummins’ natural gas products, visit the Cummins engine finder or www.cumminswestport.com. To sponsor Chicago Area Clean Cities, please contact Joe Koenig.
 

 

IGS CNG Services sponsors CACC in effort to help Chicagoland go green

CACC is proud to announce that IGS CNG Services has signed on as a silver sponsor of the coalition. IGS CNG Services builds retail “fast fill” stations to support the growing demand for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

“From large scale, open-access to on-site commercial pumps, we are providing an affordable, clean and domestic fueling solution,” said Aaron Hogan, account manager, IGS CNG Services.

“Commercial vehicles around the world are saving money on their fuel costs while also lowering green-house gas emissions by choosing CNG,” Hogan said. “It is easier than you think to convert your fleet and use a cleaner and reliable domestic fuel.

“We’re very proud that our sponsorship will help support the Chicago coalition and its educational outreach efforts to help Chicagoland businesses and municipalities to go green,” Hogan added.
Airports Go Green Transportation Conference to be held at O'Hare 

Chicago-area fleets and CACC members are invited to attend the 8th annual Airports Going Green Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at O'Hare Airport.

The conference, which is co-hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives, Chicago Department of Aviation, Chicago Department of Transportation, and CACC, will feature a free ride-and-drive of electric and hybrid vehicles. Details also will be provided about Drive Clean Truck and Drive Clean Taxi funding, and attendees will experience a behind-the-scenes tour of O'Hare's sustainability initiatives and projects. The tour and ride-and-drive will be followed by a networking reception.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Register NOW at Airports Going Green
Register Now for Our End of the Year Meeting and Holiday Party 

Please join us for CACC's End of Year Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Danada House in Wheaton, where we will be discussing the coalition's accomplishments over the past year, as well as future programs, plans, and events.

After the meeting, please stay for good food, drink, and conversation at CACC's Holiday Reception. The reception and dinner will begin at 5:30PM. This event is sponsored by Nicor Gas and Cummins NPower.

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for infants to age 14 for the Toys for Tots Campaign. Please note that stuffed animals and realistic toy weapons will not be accepted.

To register, click here.
 

Support Clean Cities, Green Fleets: Sponsor Us!

CACC recently introduced a new annual sponsorship program, and 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. To learn more, please contact Joe Koenig at 708-414-1065 or via email.
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