Call for participation in NASEO Pilot

In association with the Inititative for Resiliency in Energy Through Vehicles (iREV), NASEO is calling for states and communities to assist in the free pilot that provides an opportunities to bolster resiliency and incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into future emergency plans. Visit iREV_PilotOverview for more information.


The Council of the City of New York Office of Costa Constantinides (718) 274-4500For Immediate Release November 16, 2016 Contact: Shachar Sharon

Council Passes Constantinides Bill to Encourage Use of Electric Vehicles

New York City Hall – The New York City Council today voted unanimously to pass INT. 1124, sponsored by Council Member Costa Constantinides.  The bill creates a pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations at publicly accessible locations, including municipal parking lots.  The program will encourage the use of electric cars and help reduce carbon emissions citywide.

The two-year pilot will consist of charging stations at up to 25 locations across the city, with at least two stations in each of the five boroughs.  The NYC Department of Transportation will post the location of the charging stations online.  An advisory committee will be established to report on program’s cost, the rate of utilization of each charging station, recommendations for expansion, the feasibility of on-street charging, and any other recommendations regarding electric vehicle charging stations.

Council Member Constantinides, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, said, "With an incoming Presidential administration that has pledged to undo our nation’s efforts to combat climate change, cities and local governments must now lead the way on protecting our environment.  New York has already been a worldwide role model in sustainability and we must continue to keep this work a top priority.  INT. 1124 will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by encouraging sustainable habits.  A pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations will encourage more New Yorkers to use electric cars.  I look forward to working on more innovative policies like this in our efforts to lead on environmental policy.  I thank my Council colleagues and Speaker Mark-Viverito for their support on this legislation."

“New Yorkers always love options when it comes to moving around our city,” said bill co-sponsor Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez. “With the passage of this bill, we’re making that option an eco-friendly one and incentivizing cleaner cars in New York. Emissions from vehicles account for nearly a quarter of our city’s emissions, a number we can scale down tremendously with electric vehicle use. I’m hopeful this pilot program will prove a success and highlight the need for even more charging stations in the city and beyond. With electric vehicles becoming more affordable, we have a chance to take a huge step forward in modernizing our city’s personal and official vehicles. I want to thank the Speaker and my colleague Costa Constantinides for their leadership in helping to get this bill passed.”

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular transportation options, and it is our responsibility as a city on the forefront of innovation in sustainability to make sure that our infrastructure matches that demand,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Our commitment to an environmentally-friendly New York City includes implementing renewable measures across the board, and this charging station pilot program is a great step toward enhancing the options available to move our residents around. I am proud to see the City Council pass this initiative, and I thank Committee on Environmental Protection Chair Costa Constantinides for his work on developing this essential piece of green legislation.”

There is currently no listing of public charging stations operated by the city.  Most of the existing charging stations are in residences or private parking garages.  According to a Mayor’s Office of Sustainability study, almost 25% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from the over 2 million vehicles in the city.

INT. 1124 is one of the city’s policies that will help combat climate change.  New York policymakers have made environmental protection a top priority, acting as a global role model on climate policy.  Later this month, Constantinides will chair an Environmental Protection Committee oversight hearing on emissions that come from power plants throughout the city.  The Council recently passed legislation to encourage renewable energy including solar, geothermal, and bioheat.  Legislation to reduce traditional energy consumption through sub-metering and updating building codes have also recently been adopted.

Environmental advocacy groups joined in support.

"While the City has made tremendous strides to set the example by greening its own fleet, private electric vehicle registration in New York City remains low. Consumers are still concerned about getting stuck without a place to charge their car and that is among the biggest barriers to increased adoption rates. Council Member Constantinides' bill will help rectify this and encourage the buildout of a robust citywide charging network," said Marcia Bystryn, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council's 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights.  He serves as the chair the City Council's Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation.  For more information, visit



Office of the Press Secretary


November 3, 2016  


The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil. Already, in the past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70 percent, and we have increased the number of electric vehicle charging stations from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today – a 40 fold increase. But there is more work to do. That is why, today, the Administration is announcing key steps forward to accelerate the utilization of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them.

By working together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive America forward. Today’s announcements demonstrate a continued partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private sector to achieve these shared goals:

Today’s announcements build on a record of progress from multiple programs across the Administration that work to scale up EVs and fueling infrastructure, including at the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and with the private sector. This summer, the Administration opened up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities and in collaboration with the Administration, nearly 50 industry members signed on to the Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. This effort launched the beginning of a collaboration between the government and industry to increase the deployment of EV charging infrastructure that is carried forward in the announcements today.

ADVANCING THE DEPLOYMENT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE ALONG OUR HIGHWAYS   Establishing 48 National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors on our Highways: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced 55 Interstates that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states plus the District of Columbia. Today’s announcement includes designating 48  out of the 55 routes electric vehicle charging corridors, totaling almost 25,000 miles of electric vehicle routes in 35 states. To make it easier for drivers to identify and locate charging stations, states designated as “sign-ready” are authorized to use signs developed by FHWA that identify electric vehicle charging stations and other alternative fuels along the highways similar to existing signage that alerts drivers to gas stations, food, and lodging. Drivers can expect either existing or planned charging stations within every 50 miles.

28 States, Utilities, Vehicle Manufactures, and Change Organizations Commit to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Deployment on DOT’s Corridors: Today, the following organizations are committing to help accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure along the Alternative Fuel Corridors designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  These initial and future corridors will serve as a basis for a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to enable coast to coast zero emission mobility on our nation’s highways:

Conducting Two Studies to Evaluate the Optimal National EV Charging Deployment Scenarios: Early next year, DOE plans to publish two studies developed with national laboratories and with input from a range of stakeholders to support broad EV charging infrastructure deployment, including along DOT’s alternative fuel corridors.  The first is a national EV infrastructure analysis that identifies the optimal number of charging stations for different EV market penetration scenarios. The second will provide best practices for EV fast charging installation, including system specifications as well as siting, power availability, and capital and maintenance cost considerations.

Continuing to Partner with Stakeholders to Build Charging Infrastructure Along the National Charging Corridors: The White House will be convening key stakeholders in November 2016 to continue to encourage state and local governments and businesses to build public electric vehicle charging infrastructure along our national highways.   SUPPORTING STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS TO INCREASE THE ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON THE ROAD    Partnering with 24 State and Local Governments to Electrify our Vehicle Fleets: Building on the Administration’s policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Federal Fleets by 30 percent by 2025, today, we are announcing twenty-four state and local governments have joined the Federal government to electrify our fleets. These new commitments will account for over 2,500 new electric vehicles in 2017 alone, and help pave a path for a sustained level of purchases into the future. By working together, Federal, state and local leadership can aggregate demand to lower purchase costs through increasing automotive manufactures’ demand certainty, promote electric vehicle innovation and adoption and expand our national electric vehicle infrastructure. The cumulative benefit of the commitments announced today include more than one million dollars and 1,211,650 gallons in potential annual fuel savings. These state and local government commitments include:

States Ø  For 2017, the State of California commits to purchase a minimum of 150 ZEVs for its fleet, bringing the total to over 600 ZEVs in the state fleet. Ø  California commits to providing electric vehicle charging at a minimum of 5 percent of state owned parking spaces by 2020.

Ø  Acquire 25 PHEV/ZEVs in Fiscal Year 2017. Ø  Install 15 Level 2 charging stations in Fiscal Year 2017. Ø  Require all new vehicles have EPA ratings of 7 or higher. Ø  Achieve a fleet composition of 20 PHEV or ZEV by 2027.

o   In 2017, Washington State’s cabinet agencies commit to purchasing 250 EVs and installing 125 new level 2 charging stations.   Cities Ø  Construct an additional 300 charging stations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by the end of 2017. Ø  Spend $3,000 dollars per electric vehicle for infrastructure installation through December 2018. Ø  Conduct an education campaign for City employees about efficient usage of electric vehicles and charging stations.

Ø  Procure 200 electric vehicles for its fleets and install the appropriate charging infrastructure over the next three years. Ø  Add 1,600 new Level 1 and 300 new Level 2 charging stations in the region. Ø  Add 448 electric vehicles to city’s private fleets.

Ø  In 2017, the City of Fort Collins commits to purchase seven new electric vehicles, some of which will replace standard gasoline engine vehicles. Ø  Fort Collins will continue to provide an electric charging station for each electric vehicle in the fleet in 2017.

Ø  Purchase 10 percent of service vehicles as plug-in electric in 2017. Ø  Set an annual goal of 10 percent of light-duty replacement vehicles purchased be plug-in electric. Ø  Use Low Speed Electric Vehicles for transit police and safety and security staff.

Ø  LA commits to nearly triple the city’s current plug-in electric fleet from 165 BEVs and 38 PHEVs to over 400 BEVs and 155 PHEVs by the end of 2017. Of those 352, 200 will be for the LA Police Department. Ø  LA will spend $22.5 million dollars on electric vehicle charging stations by June 2018, which includes making 500 additional public electric vehicle charging stations available throughout the city by the end of 2017, for a total of 1,500. Ø  LA will launch an EV car share for disadvantaged communities by 2017. Ø  LA will electrify 10 percent of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation bus fleet by 2017. Ø  LA will test 20 near-zero emission natural gas tractors at the LA Port and plan for five zero emission plug-in battery yard tractors at the LA Port container terminal.

Ø  San Francisco commits to purchase a minimum of 10 percent of new Fleet vehicles annually as electric vehicles. Ø  San Francisco will continue working with the Pacific Coast Collaborative and West Cost Electric Fleets Initiative to pool resources to lower procurement costs.

Ø  Purchase 100 EVs through 2017, to achieve 40 percent electrification of its current light duty fleet. Ø  Purchase 250 EVs by 2020, with a target of 400 EVs by 2023 to achieve 100 percent of light duty fleet. Ø  Install 200 electric vehicle charging stations for fleet vehicles in 2017/2018, 300 electric vehicle charging stations by 2020 and 400 electric vehicle charging stations by 2023. Ø  Work with Original Equipment Manufacturers to participate in fleet demonstrations of EV technology in medium and heavy duty vehicles over the next five years. Ø  Sign on to the U.S. DOE Workplace Charging Challenge and write a new workplace charging policy in 2017.

Municipalities   Ø  Replace 5 sedans with electric vehicles and 9 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) with hybrid SUVs by 2020. Ø  Offer aggregated purchase programs for EVs to our residents and employees in 2017 and 2018 for volume discounts. Ø  Install 4 electric charging stations by 2020. Support workplace charging, and continuing to offer our employees, residents and businesses education, incentives and advising on EVs and sustainable transportation.

Ø  In Fiscal Year 17 Monterey County commits to installing 2 new electric vehicle charging stations.

Ø  By year-end 2017, expand electric and plug-in electric vehicle fleet to 27 sedans, 21 trouble trucks with electrified buckets and 16 electric lift trucks. Ø  Given product availability, by 2020, have a fleet comprised of 45 BEV/PHEV sedans, 7 PHEV SUVs, 30 PHEV pickup trucks, 16 pickup trucks with zero RPM idle reduction technology, 50 trouble trucks with electrified buckets, 4 cable pullers and 26 lift trucks. Ø  By the end of 2017, add 15 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and 45 Level 1. Ø  Increase workplace charging participation from 32 to 60 by the end of 2017 Ø  Increase workplace charging participation from 110 by the end of 2020

Ø  Purchase 10 new electric vehicles (approximately 15 percent of non-specialized vehicle purchases). Ø  Install a minimum of two new electric vehicle charging stations. Ø  In future years, the county anticipates to further green its fleet by either maintaining or accelerating the commitments outlined for 2017.

Ø  Purchase 20 new electric vehicles for the County fleet by the end of 2017 and 6 new electric vehicles by the end of 2019. Ø  Install 23 new Fleet-use only electric vehicle charging ports by 2018 and 12 public electric vehicle charging ports spanning 3 different sites by 2018.

Councilman Costa ConstanTiNIdes introduces INT. 642

For Immediate Release

May 25, 2016

Contact: Shachar Sharon

Constantinides and Environmental Groups Call For More Sustainable Heating

New York City Hall - City Council Member Costa Constantinides, joined by environmental groups and others, today rallied in support of his bill INT. 642.  The legislation would ensure more sustainable energy consumption by increasing the use of biodiesel in home heating oil.   The bill would increase biodiesel use from the current standard of 2% to a 5% blend, and then raise that blend incrementally until we get to 20%.

The increase from a 2% to a 5% blend would have an environmental impact equivalent of taking 45,000 cars off the road.  A 20% blend can reduce carbon emissions by up to 40%, equivalent to taking 300,000 cars off the road.  It would reduce the fossil fuel content of heating oil and increase use of a renewable energy source.

There are currently 34 co-sponsors in the Council.  At an October 2015 hearing on INT. 642, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater New York and several environmental advocates testified in favor.

Cleaner heating oil has been a priority in New York City’s efforts to combat climate change.  In 2012, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law a bill that required home heating oil contain a 2% biodiesel blend.  This year, Mayor de Blasio included cleaner heating oil as part of the OneNYC plan’s progress and highlighted the elimination of the dirtiest heating oil, B6 Oil.

These policies showed results. According to the Community Air Survey released in April, the significant improvements we’ve seen in our air quality have been in our building emissions due to a conversion to cleaner heating oil.

Constantinides said, “This bill would help reduce pollution, clean our air quality, and improve our public health.  The Council, administration, environmental advocates, and building owners who would need to implement this policy are in agreement that this is an important and doable step in our efforts to combat climate change.  Increasing biofuel in our home heating oil is a tested solution that will help bring us closer toward our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.  I look forward to bringing this bill to a vote very soon.”

"The fact of the matter is buildings make up 75% of our emissions and we have to take every opportunity to reduce them if we are to meet our 80 by 50 goal," said Marcia Bystryn, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "We applaud Council Member Constantinides for his leadership on this legislation to increase biofuel in home heating oil. Not only will it benefit our climate but it will also save lives by reducing the amount of particulate matter released into the air and in turn the incidence of the harmful respiratory diseases like asthma."

"This bill, if passed, could be a significant step in New York City’s path toward a more sustainable future," said Abbey Brown, Clean Energy Project Manager at Environmental Defense Fund. "NYC already enjoys its cleanest air since the 1960s, and the increased use of biodiesel in heating oil will only continue to improve air quality. EDF looks forward to working with Councilmember Constantinides and the New York City Council to ensure biodiesel is locally sourced, and to build on this tremendous progress."

"Councilman Costa Constantinides has been a major supporter of reducing carbon emissions in New York City and with the introduction of INT. 642, he continues his commitment to the environment. Constantinides’ proposed mandate, INT. 642 will increase the use of biodiesel used in home heating oil by increasing the current blend from 2% to 5% biodiesel, thus reducing the carbon intensity within NYC.  Empire Clean Cities supports opportunities like INT.642 that are more environmentally forward thinking and a step in the right direction towards reducing fossil fuel reliance,” said Jennifer Urrutia, Program Coordinator at Empire Clean Cities.

There would be no added costs to homeowners if this policy is enacted.  The cost of biodiesel has historically been on parity with, or slightly cheaper than, standard heating oil.  In fact, over the last 4 years, biofuel has been less expensive than conventional heating oil by an average of 21 cents per gallon.

This policy would also bring additional green jobs.  Biodiesel is predominantly sourced from used cooking oil from New York’s 24,000 restaurants.  The biodiesel industry supports thousands of jobs, including the Teamsters Local 553 who transport the fuel to buildings.

Demos Demopoulos, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 553, said, "As the union representing workers in New York's heating oil industry, Teamsters Local 553 is committed to working with elected officials and businesses to make the heating oil that heats our homes cleaner and greener. Our members live here and breathe the same air as everyone else. We are proud of our work keeping New Yorkers warm every winter and are proud to partner with Councilmember Constantinides in protecting public health."

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council's 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights.  He serves as the chair the City Council's Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation.  For more information, visit

Empire Clean Cities' Spring, 2016 Newsletter


Learn about what we did this past year and about our most recent member spotlights. Click Here!!

8th Annual Stakeholder Meeting

When: May 12, 2016
Where: Queens Theatre, Cabaret Room, Flushing Meadows - Corona Park
Theme: Emerging Petroleum Alternatives and Fuel Technologies
Our Annual Stakeholder Meeting brought together industry leaders to discuss topics and issues relevant to emissions reduction and fuel efficiency. Our panel of industry leaders discussed the future of transportation within sectors and brought about engaging dialog among stakeholders. Coinciding the meeting, NYC Parks hosted their fleet show highlighting emerging petroleum alternatives and fuel technologies. Check out the 2016 meeting agenda!

Empire green fleets member, Manhattan Beer earn's 'Fleet of the Year' from beverage world

February 16, 2016: "Manhattan Beer was actually the first company in the Northeastern U.S to acquire CNG powered heavy-duty beverage delivery trucks. And, despite the trials and tribulations of the technology, it continues to not only utilize the cutting edge technology, but expand its use, with plans to convert its entire fleet to CNG by the end of this decade." Read about their 'Fleet of the Year' and the Empire Green Fleet Certification.

Check out our Most Recent Newsletter!

Learn about what we did in 2014 and about our most recent Empire Green Fleets! Click Here!!

NYC Spending $500 million in 2013 fleet renewal

NYC Fleet Renewal Article  The City of New York is investing half a billion dollars in its municipal fleet this year, much of it focused on continuing efforts to create “the greenest fleet in the country,” according to Keith Kerman, deputy commissioner and chief fleet management officer.  Check out the rest of the article HERE! 

NYC Electric vehicle readiness plan

NYC EV Readiness Plan Check out the New York City Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan: Unlocking Urban Demand to learn more about how New York City and Empire Clean Cities are planning to support the implementation of electric vehicles.  Also don't forget to check out Mission Electric an interactive website that allows you to have a say in where EV vehicles are located in New York City.

CNG Case Study: Phoenix Beverages

August 8th, 2013 On Thursday August 8th, Phoenix Beverages and Empire Clean Cities hosted a CNG Case Study. Noel Jimenez, Director of Fleet Maintenance, shared his insights and lessons learned with the audience about Phoenix Beverages' CNG fleet. The case study focused on the history of the business' fleets and its impacts to the community and employees prior to CNG, the process of receiving funding for CNG trucks, and the return on investment on their fleet of CNG trucks. With over 30 attendees ranging from fleets, fuel providers, upfitters, consultants, and officials/planners, we had energetic and dynamic conversations throughout this case study. To download the agenda, presentation, and excel workbook used for the presentation, please click here. Noel Jimenez Quote JPG [imagerow images=",,"]

Empire Clean Cities Launches Green Fleets Certification Program

May 30, 2013 Empire Clean Cities (ECC) announced the certification of its inaugural class of the Empire Green Fleets program. ECC certified the public sector fleet of New York City Parks & Recreation as well as the City of White Plains and the corporate fleet of Down East Seafood, as Empire Green Fleets (EGF). Through the Empire Green Fleets program, ECC partners with fleet managers to track vehicle emissions and develop strategies to improve fleet efficiency, reduce fuel costs, and decrease a fleet’s environmental impact. ECC collects fleet vehicle information and measures vehicle emissions. Fleets whose overall vehicle emissions are lower than expected are awarded points and can earn certification as an Empire Green Fleet. “The Empire Green Fleets is an initiative we’ve been working on since 2012, gathering data from fleet managers to evaluate their emissions in Greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants,” says Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of ECC. “Using ECC resources and guidance, we are proud to certify three fleets, including NYC Parks & Recreation, who have reduced their emissions and increased their fleet efficiency.” Fleets can reduce their emissions and become a certified EGF by implementing alternative fuels like natural gas and biodiesel, advanced vehicle technologies like hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as utilizing off-hour delivery, reducing idling time, utilizing route management systems, improving vehicle use efficiency, or utilizing diesel filters. NYC Parks is especially well placed for Green Fleet certification because they have been able to successfully integrate the use of 1,110 alternative fueled vehicles into their fleet. The fleet includes vehicles that are compressed natural gas, electric, hybrid and biodiesel. Overall they have an estimated reduction in petroleum usage by 54% and greenhouse gases by 33%. ECC also recognizes Parks’ commitment to “all things green” with an additional special recognition for their use of bio-based products, such as astro turf fields. “Parks is a national role model in fleet sustainability and well deserving of this recognition” says New York City Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman. “Biodiesel, natural gas, hybrids, plug ins, right-sizing, fuel tracking. If you name the sustainable approach, you’ll find Parks leading the way.” The City of White Plains, located in Westchester County, is also poised to be a model for Green Fleets with over 300 alternative fueled vehicles in its fleet including school buses, passenger cars and trucks, and commercial vehicles. The fleet is also diverse in the types of fuels used including biodiesel, compressed natural gas and ethanol. The City of White Plains was successful in reducing their petroleum usage by an estimated 23% and greenhouse gases by an estimated 12%. In recognition of the award for his city, Mayor Tom Roach said, "I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of the City of White Plains, which has a long history of seeking out and utilizing energy and fuel efficient vehicles. This award recognizes the City's efforts in this area." Down East Seafood is eligible for certification because they have been successful in reducing their petroleum usage by 21%, greenhouse gases by 17% and their average emissions by 48%. In order to achieve such remarkable results, Down East has incorporated the use of 18 alternative fueled vehicles into their fleet including 13 light and heavy-duty biodiesel trucks, 2 heavy duty electric vehicles, and 3 light duty hybrid vehicles. “Down East would like to thank NYSERDA, the BOEDC, Congressman Serrano’s office, the Center for Sustainable Energy and SEEDCO for helping us go electric. We also commend Tri State Biodiesel for making the on-site filling of our trucks easy and efficient. Down East appreciates the partnership we enjoy with the State of New York, the City of New York -especially the Bronx - for supporting us to get greener cleaner and receiving our green apples from Empire Clean Cities Empire Green Fleets program,” said Ed Taylor, CEO, Down East Seafood. About Down East Seafood: Down East Seafood is a NYC based seafood distribution company and is the first small business in the city to operate an all-electric delivery truck. Down East delivers to Westchester, Southern Connecticut, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and the Five Boroughs using their fleet of energy efficient vehicles. About the City of White Plains: White Plains, situated just 25 miles north of Manhattan, has impressive credentials as one of the top suburban office and retail centers in the nation. White Plains is the Westchester County Seat and the center for corporate, retail, and Federal, State and County courts and offices. It offers a comprehensive, efficient, multi-modal public transportation system. White Plains is a suburban city with a full accompaniment of urban amenities. About New York City Parks & Recreation: Parks & Recreation is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. NYC Parks & Recreation operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. They care for 1,200 monuments, 23 historic house museums, look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. Click Here to go to learn more about the Empire Green Fleets Program

Empire Clean Cities 5th Annual Stakeholder Event

Queens Museum of Art

On Thursday May 30th, Empire Clean Cities will hold its 5th Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Guest speaker Jim Evanoff, retired Yellow Stone Park Ranger, will present his successful green initiative work at the national park and the opportunities and efforts already existing in New York for translatable successes and accomplishments. The meeting will also discuss an overview of where Empire Clean Cities stand today as well as funding opportunities. The meeting will conclude with a press release event outside the Queens Museum of Art at 11 AM, announcing the certifications of three companies as Empire Green Fleets, for their dedication and commitment to improving the environment in our community. The three fleets are NYC Parks Department, Down East Seafood, and the City of White Plains. Please visit the Events page for more information about the Stakeholder Meeting and registration

Mayor Thomas Roach of White Plains awarded 2012 Green Vanguard Award

Bronx Community College, October 19, 2012

Mayor Thomas Roach of the City of White Plains was presented with Empire Clean Cities’ 2012 Green Vanguard Award for his work in advancing sustainability in the City of White Plains.  Steven J. Levy, the chairman of the board for Empire Clean Cities, said, “We are proud to acknowledge and congratulate Mayor Roach for his environmental stewardship as Mayor of the City of White Plains.”

“I am honored to receive the Green Vanguard Award,” said the Honorable Mayor Thomas Roach, “we have worked closely with Empire Clean Cities to make the City of White Plains greener, more sustainable, and more energy efficient.”

Mayor Roach’s achievements in sustainability include improving local air quality, increasing citizens’ access to affordable forms of alternative transportation, and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles.

Mayor Roach, together with Public Works Commissioner Joseph Nicoletti, Jr. has been instrumental in encouraging the adoption of alternative vehicles in the city’s fleet.  In 2011, White Plains added two new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuse trucks to its alternative vehicle fleet.   These two CNG refuse haulers displace an average of 18,000 gallons of diesel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 35 tons per year.

Earlier this year, Mayor Roach succeeded in bringing the rideshare company Zipcar to the City of White Plains, thereby ensuring that residents have access to an affordable, alternative form of transportation.

Perhaps most forward thinking of all the Mayor’s initiatives is his work to bring electric vehicles to White Plains.  Under Mayor Roach’s administration, the City has installed 10 electric vehicle-charging stations in public parking spaces.  The City plans to install at least 15 more such stations over the next year.  In addition, the City has used public forums such as the City of White Plain’s 2012 Earth Week to showcase the electric vehicle options currently available to consumers.  Empire Clean Cities has played a pivotal role in Mayor Roach’s efforts.  “Our partnership on electric vehicles is creating a national model for bringing electric vehicles to full scale implementation,” Mayor Roach explained, adding that he “looks forward to a long partnership with this trailblazing organization.”

Empire Clean Cities is a not for profit organization whose mission is to improve the air quality of the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.  Past winners of the Green Vanguard award include DHL for reducing its carbon footprint by 50% and Lou Calcagno, PhD. of New York City’s Department of Transportation for his many years of contribution to the field of alternative fuels and vehicles.
  • 1.Mayor Roach (right) accepting Green Vanguard award with Empire Clean Cities Board President Steven Levy
    1.Mayor Roach (right) accepting Green Vanguard award with Empire Clean Cities Board President Steven Levy
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2.Mayor Roach accepting Green Vanguard award with Joseph Nicoletti, Jr. – Commissioner of Public Works (left) and City of White Plains common council member the Honorable Milagros Lecuona (right)

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Empire Clean Cities Receives National Awards for Reducing Petroleum Consumption

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

New York, NY, October 16, 2012 – Empire Clean Cities received several Honorable Mention awards from the U.S. Department of Energy for reducing petroleum usage throughout New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. The awards were distributed at the 2012 Clean Cities Peer Exchange and Vehicle Technology Deployment Workshop hosted in Estes Park, Colorado in late September.

Empire Clean Cities Receives Four Honorable Mention Awards

  • Greatest Displacement of Petroleum Using Hybrid Electric Vehicles

• Greatest Displacement of Petroleum Using Biodiesel

• Greatest Increase in Biodiesel Fuel Use

• Most Improved in Idle Reduction

Upon receiving the awards, Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities, said, “We are proud to represent a group of stakeholders that are committed to Empire Clean Cities's mission to ensure clean air for future generations and thank the U.S. Department of Energy for recognizing the positive impact that the New York City and Lower Hudson Valley-based fleets are making. Congratulations to the fleets for helping us reach our goals.”

Empire Clean Cities is the designated local Clean Cities coalition and is part of a national network of nearly 100 coalitions dedicated to reducing petroleum consumption. A 501(c)(3) organization, Empire Clean Cities is committed to providing stakeholders in the public and private sectors access to resources implementing the usage of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies that reduce petroleum usage throughout New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties). Through building local partnerships, Empire Clean Cities and its stakeholders are advancing the region’s economic, environmental, and energy security.

For more information or for interview requests, please contact
Christina Ficicchia at (212) 839-7728 or by email at, or visit

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Empire Clean Cities is now working to ensure clean air for future generations!

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

New York, NY, October 19, 2012 –New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc.(NYCLHVCC) is proud to announce that it is officially changing its name to Empire Clean Cities! Empire Clean Cities will continue NYCLHVCC’s mission to ensure clean air for future generations by Promoting Green Fleets for a Sustainable New York City and Lower Hudson Valley.

Empire Clean Cities is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing citizens, members, and stakeholders access to reliable and dependable information about alternative fuels and vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies in a timely and efficient manner through the following methods:

RECOMMEND resources for employers and employees that support and grow a local economy that promotes alternative fuels, alternative fuels vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

INFORM all citizens of the benefits associated with implementing policies, practices, and the usage of technologies that reduce petroleum.

SUPPORT the advancement of vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction technology created by vehicles.

ENCOURAGE private and public sector businesses to convert fleets to use alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced vehicle technologies.

Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities says: “Empire Clean Cities is a strong, regionally identifiable, memorable name that will allow us to work harder for our region and have a greater positive impact to the environment!” Empire Clean Cities is the local designated Clean Cities coalition by the United States Department of Energy (USDOE). The coalition is tasked with providing support and management skills necessary to advance the region’s economic, environmental and energy security through building local public-private partnerships towards promoting the use of technologies and practices that reduce petroleum consumption throughout New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties).

For more information or for interview requests, please contact
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Another Step in Increasing the Region's Energy Security - Westmore Fuel Opening a Biofuel Terminal in Port Chester

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

Port Chester, NY, October 10, 2012 – Westmore Fuel Company Inc. is proud to announce the grand opening of its new biodiesel terminal in Port Chester, NY! The new terminal provides complete integration of the renewable fuel biodiesel into both on-road diesel fuel and heating oil.

Location: Westmore Fuel Terminal, 2 Purdy Avenue, Port Chester, NY Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Time: 11AM – 1PM (Lunch will be Served)

Speakers at the event will include the Honorable Mayor Dennis Pilla from the Town of Port Chester, Mr. Tom Verry from the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF), Mr. Tom Barone from NYSERDA, Mr. Rick Bologna from Westmore Fuels, Ms. Christina Ficicchia from New York City & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC) and many more! The program will highlight what the creation of this new fuel terminal will mean for regional businesses, air quality and energy independence.

Westmore Fuel General Manager Rick Bologna notes, “Every drop of biodiesel we sell means less reliance on foreign oil. Of course we’re fuel dealers, but we wanted to do something good for the environment and the country’s energy security.  I’m the third generation of our family in the business, and want to leave the planet a better place for my own kids.”

“The transportation sector accounts for more than 78 percent of the fossil fuels consumed in New York State,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Governor Cuomo has stressed the importance of investing in energy efficiency and cleaner technologies to protect the residents and businesses in our communities as well as our environment. By helping Westmore Fuel expand its biodiesel facilities, we can broaden the use and acceptance of this fuel, while adding an element of renewability to a dwindling and costly resource.”

Made with 100% North American recycled fats and oils as a feedstock, the biodiesel is supplied by Ultra Green Energy Services, LLC, a leading Northeast distributor. The Westmore terminal expands the distribution area of biodiesel into southern Westchester and Fairfield counties, and serves as an important linchpin for the overall infrastructure base for biodiesel in the metro New York area.

Ultra Green Energy Services’ Vice President, Michael Cooper notes: "Ultra Green Energy Services is very proud to have been Westmore Fuel's sole supplier of biodiesel since 2008. As business owners, Dick and Rick Bologna have taken action and invested money to include biodiesel in all their products. As industry leaders they have led by example to improve the quality and image of the fuels they sell, as biodiesel blends positively impact national supply and the future of liquid fuels.  Ultra Green Energy Services salutes Westmore Fuel's investment and upgrade to blend biodiesel at their Port Chester, NY terminal. We look forward to years of continued success working with the Bolognas and Westmore Fuel."

This project was the culmination of five years of improvements to the business whereby Westmore Fuel installed a 20,000-gallon storage tank for B-100 biodiesel, as well as equipment to blend the fuel with other diesel fuels and distribute it on four tanker-truck filling racks. The project includes $200,000 in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project was also assisted by the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF) of Jefferson City, MO. The scope of the project was to increase market penetration of biodiesel into the downstate area. The project will expand availability of biofuels in Westchester County, Connecticut and the New York City metropolitan area.

NYCLHVCC’s Executive Director, Christina Ficicchia says, “Biodiesel is a cleaner burning domestic fuel that will make a real difference in cleaning the air for Southern Westchester and Fairfield counties. Westmore Fuels new terminal is a tremendous step in the continued education and acceptance of alternative fuels and technologies.”

NBF’s Executive Director Tom Verry notes, “We are thrilled to have such a great partnership with Westmore that will provide a reliable supply of high quality, precision blended biodiesel to such an important metropolitan region, reaching important new fleets and customers.  Biodiesel is where the market is heading, and we want to make sure people know it’s a choice they can make today.”

About Biodiesel: Biodiesel is a vegetable based oil which has become increasingly familiar as a domestic alternative to diesel fuel, and can be mixed into the petroleum based fuel to run in diesel engines or home heating oil equipment, most commonly anywhere from B2 to B20 (i.e. 20% biodiesel). A renewable plant based fuel, it burns more cleanly than diesel, saving on emissions and improving air quality in the region. Use of this domestic fuel offers energy security and greater price stability.

About Westmore Fuel Company, Inc.: Westmore Fuel Company, Inc. has been supplying fuel in the area since 1938 and recognizes the importance of meeting current customer needs but taking a hard look towards the future. They are a retail and wholesale fuel company, providing on-road diesel, heating oil, and any blend of biodiesel from B1 to B99.  The company maintains an office in Greenwich, CT and terminal storage in Port Chester, NY.  For more information, please call 203- 531-5656 and ask for Darren LeDoux, Sales Manager or Rick Bologna, General Manager. Its service area extends from southern Westchester County (New Rochelle) to the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge in New York, and from Greenwich north to Wilton and Westport.  See for full map:

About Ultra Green Ultra Green Energy Services' management has over 50 years of leadership in the biofuels and petroleum sectors. Beginning with grain trading in the 1970's and ethanol project development and marketing in the 1980's, UGES' management's activities have led to the development of unique hedging strategies and financial facilities to promote biofuels production and sales. In 2001, UGES' principals were the first heating oil dealers in the U.S. to market a biodiesel blend as retail Bioheat®. UGES has achieved success bringing biofuels to the wholesale petroleum market and is uniquely positioned as the New York Metropolitan Region's largest biodiesel terminal network. Visit for more information.

About The National Biodiesel Foundation: The National Biodiesel Foundation was organized in 1994. The mission of the National Biodiesel Foundation is to accomplish outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel and its co-products to improve rural economic development, national security, air quality and the environment. Visit for more information.
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Electric Cars Take Over Times Square - New York Joins More than 60 Cities in Marking National Plug In Day

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

New York, NY, September 23, 2012

WHAT: For the second year in a row, New York will mark National Plug in Day, an annual coast- to-coast celebration of technology, clean air transportation, and gas savings.  Join drivers, auto manufacturers, and city departments that have already made the switch from gas to batteries, making NYC greener and cleaner.

On display will be plug-in cars and trucks from the sporty Tesla model S, and Fisker Karma to the urban designed Smart Electric.

NYC’s event is one of more than 60 across the country where electric vehicle owners and interested citizens from Maui to New York will participate in electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, awards to leaders promoting EV-readiness, launches of new public EV charging stations, and other events.

For a complete list of Plug In Day events and event details, visit:

WHEN: Sunday, September 23 2012, 11:30am- 3:30pm WHERE: Times Square, Broadway between 41st-42nd Street

The event is organized by the New York City department of transportation in collaboration with NYCLHVCC and Mission Electric,


About NYC & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities (NYCLHVCC): NYC & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities has been tasked with providing support and management skills necessary to advance the region’s economic, environmental, and energy security by promoting the use of technologies and practices that reduce petroleum consumption. To achieve this goal we build local public-private partnerships that encourage businesses to convert their fleets to use alternative fuel vehicles.

About Mission Electric: Mission Electric is a partnership between the city governments of New York, Boston and Philadelphia to promote electric vehicle transportation. Our goal is to impact policy through public engagement in local initiatives. This is done through online and interactive campaigns that lead to real world changes.

About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. We drive electric. You can, too. 

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states.  The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. 

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. 
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The dasHAus Tour Gets Electrified

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

White Plains, New York, July 12, 2012 – New York City & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC) is proud to be partnering with the German America Chamber of Commerce for the New York stop of the dasHaus Pavilion Tour. The pavilion, which had recently made a stop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., is an internationally acclaimed exhibition that engages and educates the community and connects industry professionals in North America with advanced renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions from Germany. The highly anticipated dasHAUS exhibit will be open to the public from July 10-19 at 125 Court Street in White Plains.

“The German American Chamber of Commerce realize that reducing energy use and developing more sustainable energy systems are global issues, which will only be solved through international cooperation,” said Dr. Benno Bunse, President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce.  “We are pleased to present energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in dasHAUS that are ready to meet these goals today.”

dasHAUS is an integrated, multifaceted structure that demonstrates real-world technologies and solutions for meeting ultra-low energy building standards. It draws inspiration from the Technical University of Darmstadt’s 2007 and 2009 first-place entries in the Solar Decathlon, an international solar house competition presented by the US Department of Energy.

"We are thrilled to partner with the German American Chamber of Commerce to bring dasHAUS to the city of White Plains,” said Mayor Thomas M. Roach.  “dasHAUS is a wonderful model of energy efficiency for both residential and commercial properties. The renewable energy technologies showcased are a terrific example of sustainable solutions that will be a learning tool for families who own homes, students and professionals alike."

At the July 12th Grand Opening event, BMW will be showcasing their BMW ActiveE between 3-6PM. The ActiveE is the first vehicle available to customers that is 100% Electric, 100% BMW and 100% Zero emissions.

Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of NYCLHVCC says, “NYCLHVCC is honored to be taking part in the dasHaus Pavillion Grand Opening event! The event will showcase energy efficiency and technology being successfully developed in buildings. With the assistance of the BMW ActiveE we will also demonstrate how efficient and innovative technologies can be applied to on-road transportation!”

The BMW ActiveE’s powerful electric motor provides smooth, uninterrupted torque delivery from a standstill; accelerating from 0-60 in under 9 seconds makes it one of the quickest electric vehicles on the market. The BMW ActiveE comes equipped with an onboard battery charger that enables a full charge in 4 - 5 hours. Unique instrumentation shows the performance of the electric motor, indicating when it is using or generating electricity.

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City of White Plains Showcases New CNG Refuse Trucks!

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email:

Rye, New York, June 5, 2012 – On Tuesday, June 5th, 2012, Westchester County will be hosting their annual Fleet and Demo Equipment Fleet Show at the Rye Playland parking lot. The Demo day will be featuring the next generation of police vehicles and major car manufacturers. Municipalities, departments and vendors use this unique opportunity to show and share information about their fleet, equipment and specialty services. New York City & The Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc (NYCLHVCC) will be tabling at the event, educating the participants on the benefits of switching to alternative fuels and technologies in order to clean up our air. Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of NYCLHVCC says, “NYCLHVCC is proud to take part in this annual Fleet and Demo Equipment Fleet Show. Over the years we have seen a real shift in the number of alternative technologies and fuels used in the Westchester County region, and we are here to continue educating fleets to keep the momentum going!” The City of White Plains Public Works’ Sanitation Bureau will be showcasing their two new 2012 Freightliner M2 CNG Refuse Packers (one rear loader and one front loader type). These two new vehicles were funded with the assistance of US Department of Energy (USDOE), NYSERDA and NYCLHVCC though The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The new CNG Refuse trucks have allowed the City of White Plains to continue their work in greening their fleets. These trucks not only runs on compressed natural gas (CNG), a domestic fuel, but also assist in reducing noise attributed to traditional refuse trucks. Joseph Nicoletti Jr., P.E. White Plains Commissioner of Public Works/City Engineer says, “We are at an exciting time in the evolutionary use of CNG vehicles, as virtually every major auto manufacturer is offering cars and trucks using this clean burning, quiet alternative to diesel power. Our seventeen year history with this low cost motor fuel enables us to advise other fleets as to our experience with finding the best fit for CNG. The USDOE, NYSERDA, and NYCLHVCC have continually supported our alternative fuel efforts with two heavy duty trucks funded by ARRA funds as the latest example of a great partnership.” The Honorable Mayor Thomas Roach of the City of White Plains will be at the Fleet Show from 11:30-12:30PM to answer questions from the public and the press regarding the CNG Refuse Parker and other green initiatives.
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NYCLHVCC Highlights Advancements in Alternative Fuels and Technologies

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email: Queens, New York, May 10, 2012 – On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, New York City & Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC) will be holding its 4th Annual Stakeholder Meeting at the Queens Museum of Art. This year’s Stakeholder meeting will focus on the advances and upcoming opportunities in the alternative fuels and technology industry. The Meeting will commence at 9AM and will end at 11AM. “In 2011 NYCLHVCC and our stakeholders worked together to displace over 22.5 Million gallons of petroleum consumption, reducing 135,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.” says Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of NYCLHVCC. “This year’s Stakeholder meeting will continue to assist fleets to ensure clean air for future generations by going green!” The Stakeholder Meeting will showcase funding opportunities available to fleets and organizations, feature advances in Electric Vehicle (EV) parking solutions, discuss the role of Biodiesel as the advanced biofuel and show how existing fleets can integrate Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) into their business. Following the meeting; participants are encouraged to attend NYC Parks & Recreation 24th Annual Vehicle and Equipment Show directly outside NYVCLHVCCs stakeholder meeting at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NY. This annual fleet show showcases various medium to heavy-duty vehicles, as well as many alternative fuels and technologies available to fleets. The CODA all Electric Sedan, the Piaggio Electric Vespa, the BAF CNG Ford F-250 Pickup and much more will be on display! Mr. Keith Kerman, Chief Fleet Officer with the Department of Citywide Administrative Offices (DCAS) says, “New York City spends over $225 million a year in fleet and equipment resources to serve New Yorkers. The Parks fleet show is the one opportunity each year to bring together staff from City and other public agencies, and the general public, with the many private sectors firms who supply our fleet, and to learn about new developments in equipment technology, especially for reducing fuel emissions. “
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NYCLHVCC's Compressed Natural Gas Workshop A Huge Success!

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email: On Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC) organized a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Workshop at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. The standing room only workshop had over 95 individuals and companies attend to learn how CNG, a domestic resource, can benefit their operations and improve air quality in our region. The Workshop focused on upcoming funding opportunities at the Federal, New York State and New York City levels, it reviewed the policy behind CNG usage and highlighted public safety codes in the development of maintenance facilities and infrastructure development. “As a participant in NYCLHVCC’s CNG Workshop,” says Mr. Barry Carr, Coordinator, Clean Communities of Central New York “I want to thank the team at NYCLHVCC for bringing together so many interested parties. Clean Cities, representing the US DOE, did a wonderful job facilitating discussions between likeminded groups that will result in increased use of CNG vehicles and natural gas as a transportation fuel!” The Workshop concluded with success stories from Metro Taxi and Phoenix Beverage who have both successfully implemented CNG vehicles into their fleets. Both companies reported that the new vehicles made less noise than a traditional diesel engines, were preferred by their maintenance staff and local communities and most importantly resulted in a significant savings in fuel! “The CNG Workshop succeeded in educating NYCLHVCC’s stakeholders on the benefits of this domestic fuel,” says Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of NYCLHVCC. “Attendees are now empowered with the tools to green their fleets while helping their bottom line!” The CNG Workshop was sponsored by Clean Energy, Clean Vehicle Solutions, Innovative Energy Solutions, Trillium, Air & Gas Technologies, Cummins Westport, Engineered Energy Solutions, Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program, Landirenzo and National Grid.
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NYCLHVCC Organizational Update

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director, Empire Clean Cities Phone: (212) 839-7728 Email: New York, New York, October 31, 2011 – New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC) is a 501C3 organization focused on stimulating the use of alternative fuels and technologies in the NYC & Lower Hudson Valley areas. Traditionally its goal has been obtained by working with private fleets, utilities, automotive partners, fuel providers and state and federal government to bring alternative fuels and alternative technologies programs and projects to the NY metropolitan area. “The past few months have been very productive for NYCLHVCC, Inc.” says Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of NYCLHVCC. “Our organization has been growing past our original mission, and we are now an established resource to all individuals and organizations looking to use alternative fuels and technologies in a variety of applications.” Recently, NYCLHVCC, along with The Department of Energy and 15 other organizations won awards for the Clean Cities' community readiness and planning for plug-in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure stations program. This $8.5M that has been dispersed among the organizations will lead the way to begin one-year projects that will help communities address their specific needs, which include updating permitting processes, revising codes, training municipal personnel, promoting public awareness, or developing incentives. Looking into the further uses of alternative fuels and technologies NYCLHVCC has also launched a new resource for BioHeat® users in New York City; 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city come from buildings, and switching to a cleaner burning fuel such as BioHeat® greatly reduces the negative side effects of those emissions. The website takes New Yorkers the rest of the way toward understanding and starting to use Bioheat® in their homes, by debunking common myths, demonstrating how switching will start saving them money on heating and how it will clean the air that they breathe.
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