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.
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.
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.