Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition Earns National Designation
The partnership is a collaboration between the University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy.
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2014) – The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC), a partnership between the University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy, celebrated receiving official designation as a “Clean Cities Coalition” by the U.S. Department of Energy during a Nov. 17 ceremony.
The TBCCC joins more than 100 Clean Cities Coalitions nationally who have earned the designation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Clean Cities program is designed to advance the nation's economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Since its inception in 1993, it’s estimated that the program has saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum.
The TBCCC Designation Ceremony kicked off with a renewable fuel vehicle display outside the Patel Center for Global Sustainability highlighting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), propane and electric vehicle models.
USF System President Judy Genshaft welcomed stakeholders, government officials, and TBCCC members to the Designation Ceremony.
“This is a tremendous organization we are proud to house on campus,” President Genshaft said. “The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition is putting into action the ideas that will transform our community. What you’ve accomplished in this region really and truly makes a difference for our economic, environmental and energy security by reducing petroleum use in transportation.”
Linda Bluestein, Co-Director of the National Clean Cities program at the Department of Energy, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony and presented certificates to Clean Cities Coalition members.
“Tampa Bay, you have truly hit the ground running,” said Bluestein. “Thank you for all of your tireless efforts and for coming out today to celebrate the work that is already having an impact on the region’s petroleum use, energy security, and air quality. The work ahead of you is critical. We have the opportunity right now to make changes, to move forward with new technologies that will help save people money, reduce our contributions to climate change and improve air quality.”
The ceremony concluded with the TBCCC members signing a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to the respective responsibilities and procedures necessary to carry out the objectives of the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition program plan.
The TBCCC was founded in August 2012 with the mission of coordinating and promoting the use of non-traditional and cleaner energy fuels in transportation. The federal designation will help the Tampa Bay region identify funding opportunities for clean fuel projects through a nationwide network of partners on the cutting edge of alternative fuels.
Since being founded by the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy, the TBCCC has grown substantially. The coalition currently includes more than 30 public and private organizations around the Tampa Bay area, such as Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), Clearwater Gas System, Trillium CNG, and Precision Alternative Fuel Conversions (PAFC).