So long as state and local governments are willing to get creative with funding mechanisms, a two-to-three year return on investment is easily attainable, National Association of Regional Councils environment committee members discussed on Monday at the National Conference of Regions..
Preparing our communities for disasters and emergencies is essential for minimizing loss and ensuring swift recovery. Transportation services are a crucial aspect of emergency planning and petroleum is often in short supply when a disaster strikes. The Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles (iREV) is addressing the challenge of these disruptions by developing resources for emergency planners to help communities integrate alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) into their fleets. Diversifying emergency response fleets, by incorporating AFVs, can help communities better prepare for disasters by removing their dependence on petroleum.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy created Clean Cities Tools, a group of resources consumers can use to calculate and inform themselves about ways to lower emissions, spend less money, and consume less petroleum. This set of tools allows consumers to compare different eco-friendly vehicles and systems; calculate the amount, cost, and impact of petroleum and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a fleet produces; locate alternative fueling stations; research how companies, fleets, and agencies are using alternative fuel; and much more. To view apps and mobile tools, please visit cleancities.energy.gov/m and fueleconomy.gov/m.