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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes Oregon Leader for Furthering Alternative Fuels & Transportation

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

With over a decade in the role of Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities executive director under his belt, Brian Trice has invaluable influence in transportation in the northwest transportation.


On Wednesday, September 6, Trice was honored for his leadership of Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities by being inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame, which places him among a group of elite Clean Cities coalition directors who have been recognized for their resolute commitment and contributions to furthering alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in U.S. transportation.


“Brian’s efforts to advance clean transportation are non-stop,” said Dan Nardozzi of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Regional Manager of Clean Cities coalitions in the Northwest. “He knows everyone involved with transportation in the Pacific Northwest, and he uses his relationships to advance the Clean Cities mission.”


Nardozzi made the announcement during the Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit celebrating Clean Cities 30th Anniversary, where Clean Cities stakeholders and representatives from across the nation came together to honor the network’s successes.


Strong Leadership Increases Regional Influence


Brian Trice leads Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities through project funding proposals with great success. The coalition secured funding for the City of Roses Disposal & Recycling electric garbage truck project, the repower of Oregon-based Shaver Transportation Company tugboats, the replacement of diesel trucks and refrigerated trailers with all-electric to eliminate idling in Phoenix, Arizona, and much more. He established the Green Transportation Summit and Expo (GTSE) in 2011, now one of the largest regional conferences in the country and the Pacific Northwest’s largest fleet focused sustainable transportation event.


Trice recently led the coalition through redesignation while maintaining regional impact through hosting GTSE, as well as participating in the Portland International Auto Show for regional and national leaders of green fleet operators. He also ran year-round educational webinars, including Mindful Mobility Tech Talks from sustainability leaders on eco-friendly transportation topics.


Trice also supports fellow coalitions outside of the region, sharing his expertise in developing partnerships with key fleets, industry stakeholders, and government organizations to implement clean fuel and technology adoption, and supporting the creation of educational resources and grant and incentive proposals.



Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities coalition is a designated member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office national network of more than 75 active coalitions. Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, efficient, and clean transportation fuels and technologies. For more information, visit cleancities.energy.gov and cleancities.energy.gov/hall-of-fame.


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