About the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition:
The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition is one of nearly 100 coalitions around the country that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s strategy to reduce America’s dependence on imported oil. The Clean Cities’ collective goal, nationwide, is to reduce this country’s import needs by one million barrels of oil per day by the year 2020. To achieve the noble aim, we must think globally and work locally.
Southeast Florida Clean Cities provides you many opportunities to participate and make a difference in Southeast Florida. Consider making choices that will reduce your dependence on petroleum fuels. If you are not prepared to purchase an alternative fuel vehicle, you can assist with public education, participate in special events, and learn about our idle reduction campaign. Lay the ground work for a cleaner and more secure future. Join the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition of governments, private organizations, and individuals by submitting your membership application.
Background and Mission
The Clean Cities program began in Florida in 1993 with the creation of the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition by Executive Order of the Governor and the subsequent designation by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Coalition is managed by the South Florida Regional Planning Council, a regional public agency whose mission is to work with South Florida’s public, private, non-profit, and civic leadership to create a sustainable future for the region.
The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition is a public-private partnership composed of local government representatives and the private sector concerned with alternative fuel technology and programs. The role of the Coalition is to provide a fuel-neutral policy direction to maximize the use of vehicles operating on clean, alternative fuels throughout the region of nearly six million people living in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties.
SFRC and the Clean Cities Coalition
As host agency of the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition, the Council operates this public private partnership composed of local government and private sector representatives. Designated in 1994 by the US Department of Energy, the role of the Coalition is to provide a fuel-neutral policy direction to maximize the use of vehicles operating on clean, alternative fuels throughout the region of Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. Stakeholders assist in a broad range of activities, including fleet conversions to alternative fuels like natural gas or biodiesel, idle reduction education, and assistance to the general public in understanding mobility options like electric transportation.
Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition works with the public and private sectors to educate and determine feasibility for replacing vehicles or converting vehicles to
· Ethanol (E85 and E15)
· Natural Gas – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
· Propane Autogas
Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition:
· Advances alternative fuel policies,
· Reduces real and perceived barriers to driving cleaner vehicles,
· Promotes safety and training related to alternative fuels, and
· Develops effective marketing and outreach including fleet manager recognition.
July 2016: Natural Gas Clean Cities Meeting
The Coalition’s July meeting focused on natural gas updates and new developments. We had an interesting morning with leaders from around the state and country who shared the latest on CNG, LNG and RNG! View the presentations below:
Dawn McCormick, Waste Management Presentation
Kenneth Hernandez, TECO Energy Presentation
Alex Vohr, New Fortress Energy Presentation
Sofia Thordin, Clean Cities Internship Presentation
Steve Josephs, ampCNG
Duane Lippincott, UPS
April 2016: SE Florida Clean Cities EV Meeting
Friday, April 8, 2016
This meeting focused on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and included an update of activities the Coalition has been involved in over the past several months. We heard from:
• Natalia Neira, our Coalition’s 2015-1016 Student Intern from the University of Florida whose work was made possible through the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program,
• The Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors, Britta Gross, who provided an OEM’s perspective on moving the EV market,
• Anne-Louise Seabury, Electric Vehicle Program Manager at Florida Power & Light Company,
• Embry Riddle University’s EcoCAR3 Team with their 2016 Chevy Camaro designed as a plug-in hybrid electric high performance vehicle running off a battery pack and E85 fuel, and
• Local municipalities that are charging up.
SE Florida Clean Cities Meeting - Friday, July 22, 2016
July 2016: SEFL Clean Cities Natural Gas Meeting
Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Coalition’s July meeting will focus on natural gas updates and new developments. Please join us for an interesting morning with leaders from around the state and country who will be sharing the latest on CNG, LNG and RNG!
National Drive Electric Week
*Tentative* Check link below or contact SE FL Clean Cities for confirmation
What: National Drive Electric Week Event 2016
When: Sunday, September 18th, 4pm
Where: West Palm Beach Waterfront
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Description: Located along the picturesque Flagler Drive waterfront, the event will offer electric vehicle dealer displays, an EV owner meet-up, EV charging information, and automotive professionals who can answer all of your questions. Bring the family and find out if an EV fits your lifestyle!
Visit https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=711 to register.
JOIN US! Message from Chairperson Patricia Asseff
I am delighted to serve as the Chairperson of the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition. Our Coalition is a hybrid of the private sector businesses ranging from mom and pops to some of the largest corporations and public utilities in the country. Our coalition includes some of the smallest municipalities to the largest agencies and county organizations in the State of Florida.
The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition is focused primarily on the continued sovereignty of our country and the growth and development of economic opportunities for businesses and citizens that live, work and play in Southeast Florida. We embrace the diversity of Southeast Florida’s alternative fuel and advanced technology options that are emerging daily. They are as diverse as Southeast Florida’s population. This industry is emerging and growing because South Florida must replace and supplement its petroleum usage.
The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition has been in existence for over 20 years! Come and join us. We have many ways for you and your company to get involved. Come talk, discuss and work with us, perhaps show us what your company or agency is up to. You will find that our discussions are lively. We meet monthly, and have many scheduled events such as workshops, seminars and conferences. Please check out our calendar. It has been said that nothing comes into a closed hand. Together we will continue to transform Southeast Florida and lead the State of Florida in reducing its dependency on petroleum.
2016 Gold Sponsors
Brickell Energy, Inc.
Enterprise Fleet Management
Florida Transportation Systems
Miami International Auto Show / South Florida Automobile Dealers Association
Norgetown 247 Propane
Protec Fuel Management
Roush CleanTech, LLC
United Parcel Service
Drive Electric Florida
After being awarded one of sixteen grants nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2012, the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition, along with the South Florida Regional Council and Florida Power & Light, drafted the Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Plan which became known as Drive Electric Florida. Through the grant, policies have been developed for educating the public and developing regional charging infrastructure that are preparing communities for successful deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The Plan has grown into a statewide initiative with teams advancing fleet adoption, infrastructure development, education/outreach, and policy renovations. The continued engagement of this public-private partnership is helping to ensure that Southeast Florida is PEV-ready, serving as a resource for other communities around the state that are looking for guidance on PEV market development.
Climate Friendly Parks
Clean Cities Coalitions collaborate with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors about the benefits of cutting petroleum use and vehicle emissions. This initiative complements the NPS Climate Friendly Parks program by demonstrating the environmental benefits of cutting petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition has begun preliminary discussions with Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park in order to right-size and convert their fleets into more efficient ones. In addition, the goal is educate visitors about idle reduction and alternatives to gasoline usage.
Idle Reduction Campaign
Idling, the time when a vehicle’s engine is on but the vehicle is not moving, wastes over 6 billion gallons of fuel each year in the United States according to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time that engines idle unnecessarily. Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reductions in fuel costs, engine wear, emissions, and noise. The Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition has launched an Idle Reduction Campaign to educate the public and fleet administrators about how we can eliminate extraneous idling in daily life.