Brief History of Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition

In 2014, the Coalition held an electric vehicle (EV) workshop targeting fleets as part of a partnership with The Pacific Coast Collaborative to help implement the PCC’s Action Plan on Climate and Energy (an agreement between the Governors of California, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington). From this workshop, the coalition developed a fleet managers toolkit with funding that was awarded by the 11th Hour Project to CWCCC to assist the PCC in meeting its Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) goal of 10% ZEVs in fleets by 2016. Additionally funding from the Coalition was given to CALSTART to develop and present a series of web based workshops for fleet managers on various subject matter that related to EV fleet adoption over the last half of 2015.

During the 2015 operating year the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition (CWCCC) achieved several of the goals including advancing natural gas as a transportation fuel and providing opportunities for renewable natural gas. The Oregon 2015 legislative session also removed the sunset to the Clean Fuels Program to help promote alternative fuels. Additionally, the Coalition sponsored, developed, and participated in several regional workshops this year.

The annual CWCCC and local NAFA (National Association of Fleet Administrators) chapter workshop in early February at the Portland International Auto Show is always a stakeholder favorite and was well attended. The fifth installment of the Green Transportation Summit & Expo (a continuation of the Green Transportation Conference) was a two-day event and had more than 450 attendees. EV Roadmap 8—one of the premier electric vehicle conferences in the country--was more popular than ever. CWCCC hosted and presented at several workshops and events including:

  • Propane Auto Gas workshop co-hosted by Linn-Benton Community College’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center and NW NAFA Chapter.
  • Legislative Energy Horizon Institute (LEHI) orchestrated private ride & drive for legislators and state representatives at the Renewable Energy Lab in Richland, WA.
  • CWCCC/National Biodiesel Board Training for fleet managers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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