Clean Transportation

Our region’s rapid growth has put a strain on our transportation system and our environment. Vehicles in Southern Maine are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. And our transportation infrastructure faces a multitude of challenges, such as deteriorating roads and bridges, aging public transportation fleets, growing traffic, and limited transportation options for large rural areas.

GPCOG is working to provide Clean Transportation options to address many of our ongoing issues.

  • Promoting the use of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles to reduce petroleum consumption, emissions and energy costs.
  • Supporting the seven transit agencies serving Greater Portland in their efforts to decrease the number of vehicles on the road and increase use of public transportation through improved service and coordination.
  • Working with our members on active transportation planning to help develop walkable and bikeable neighborhoods that are less dependent on personal automobiles. 


GPCOG EV Lending Program- To borrow this all-electric Chevy Bolt (with a range of 238 miles) for up to a week at a time, click here.


 

Maine Clean Communities

The Maine Clean Communities (MC2) Coalition is a program of GPCOG. Its mission is to reduce petroleum dependence and improve air quality by supporting the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies by Maine vehicle owners.

Maine Clean Communities was formally designated as a statewide US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program coalition in 1997, and is one of nearly a hundred coalitions around the country.  It has been a central piece of GPCOG’s work for two decades, resulting in transit agencies switching to cleaner fuels, adoption of EVs into municipal fleets, and reduction of pollution and reliance on oil.

The coalition is administered by GPCOG, and comprised of fleet managers, state and local officials, clean fuel providers, and other groups and individuals. It achieves measureable savings in petroleum use and emissions through a combination of technical assistance, education, outreach, and one-on-one support to fleets. In 2016 alone, Maine saved the equivalent of over 2.3 million gallons of gasoline and 10,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

Funding for Maine Clean Communities projects and events is provided by the US Department of Energy, PACTS and GPCOG.

Staff:

  • Benjamin Lake – Clean Transportation Manager & Maine Clean Communities Coordinator
  • Kaylei Coombs – Maine Clean Communities Intern

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Resources:

  • Alternative Fuels Data Center – The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.

 

Become a Maine Clean Communities Stakeholder!

By becoming a Stakeholder, you go a step beyond, showing your commitment to reducing petroleum by incorporating the use of alternative fuels and fuel reduction strategies. In addition, stakeholders have the option to be listed on our website and some promotional material, and are also eligible for future Department of Energy Clean Cities Program funding opportunities that require Stakeholder status in their eligibility criteria. Becoming a Stakeholder helps your company/organization formalize its commitment to reducing its reliance on gas and diesel. How does my organization become a Maine Clean Communities’ Stakeholder? It’s FREE AND EASY.

    1. Read the Maine Clean Communities Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
    2. Print out, fill out, and sign the Addendum to the MOU and send it to Maine Clean Communities, Attn: Benjamin Lake, Greater Portland Council of Governments, 970 Baxter Boulevard, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04103, e-mail a PDF copy to blake@gpcog.org, or fax it to us at 774-7149.

Questions? Call Benjamin Lake at 774-9891, ext. 206.

 


Drive Electric Maine (DEM) is the state’s first public and private-sector electric vehicle (EV) stakeholder group working together to drive adoption of plug-in EVs and EV charging infrastructure through state-based opportunities. These opportunities are focused on growing workplace charging, engaging utilities, and attracting business, consumer and tourist investment.

The Drive Electric Maine EV stakeholder group is co-managed by Maine Clean Communities, a program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments and ReVision Energy‘s EV Division.

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Contact:

For more information contact Benjamin Lake at blake@gpcog.org