Who We Are
Founded in 1994 the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition (CWCCC) is committed to encouraging both public and private fleet operators to convert their fleets to alternative fuels where economically practical. CWCCC’s main goal is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector through education and outreach. Our coalition is an integral part of a greater national effort by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. CWCCC is one of almost 100 coalitions across the United States who are working together to reduce petroleum consumption on a grassroots level.
The Coalition is registered as a subchapter 501(c) 3 non-profit with a coordinator from Linn-Benton Community College running the day-to-day administration of CWCCC. The eight member board of directors has the authority to vote on expenditures and general administration of the coalition. The board has a president, vice president, and treasurer with the coordinator providing administrative support.
The national Clean Cities effort has roots that date back to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) was established in 1991 to collect, analyze, and distribute data used to evaluate alternative fuels and vehicles (AFVs). The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 required certain fleets to acquire AFVs, in response the U.S. Department of Energy created Clean Cities in 1993 to provide informational, technical, and financial resources to EPAct-regulated fleets and voluntary AFV adopters. In its 20th year since inception, Clean Cities is comprised of nearly 13,000 stakeholders and nearly 100 coalitions nationwide, and its efforts have helped save over 5 billion gallons of petroleum.
The Portland Clean Cities Coalition was established in 1994 by the State of Oregon, the City of Portland, Tri-Met, Portland General Electric, Northwest Natural Gas, Pacific Power, and ten other public agencies and private companies. As the Coalition grew, more stakeholders in the surrounding region became involved, and in 1999 it was redubbed the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. In 2000, CWCCC was incorporated as a sub-chapter 501 (c) 3 of the National Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. As of the current fiscal year CWCCC has 64 member organizations.