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 locally based government/industry partnership, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the Greater Portland Council of Governments. Our mission is to expand the use of alternative fuels to gasoline and diesel fuel, advance affordable domestically-produced transportation fuels, and promote energy-efficient vehicle technologies. Funding for Maine Clean Communities projects and events is provided by the US Department of Energy, PACTS and GPCOG.

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 electric vehicles (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 measurable savings in transportation fuel use and emissions through a combination of technical assistance, education, outreach, and one-on-one support to fleets. In 2018 alone, Maine saved the equivalent of over 2.2 million gallons of gasoline and 14,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

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Resources:

  • Clean Cities Coalition Network – The Clean Cities Coalition Network provides coordinator contact information and emission reduction statistics for each Coalition nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Maine’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles Laws & Incentives – Incentives, laws, and regulations related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles for Maine.
  • AFDC Alternative Fuel Station Locator – Find fueling stations in Maine and around the US that provide electricity, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, hydrogen and ethanol.

 

Become a Maine Clean Communities Stakeholder!

By becoming a Stakeholder, you go a step beyond, showing your commitment to reducing vehicle emissions 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 Kaylei Coombs at 774-9891, ext. 226.

 


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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For more information contact Kaylei Coombs at kcoombs@gpcog.org.