Virginia Clean Cities Announces Partnership with James Madison University
VIRGINIA BEACH (October 8, 2009) ---
Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with James Madison University (JMU). The partnership enables both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities. "Clean Cities is at a cross-roads," said Chelsea Jenkins, Executive Director of Virginia Clean Cities. "We are faced with a broad and increasingly complex portfolio of alternative fuel and advanced technology strategies covered under the Clean Cities program, compounded by an increased demand for stakeholder assistance. Additionally, the recent successes in securing funding for high-profile petroleum reduction and air quality projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southeast compel us to take an interdisciplinary approach moving forward." To most effectively address these needs, VCC has expanded its capability and reach through the opening of a second office housed within JMU's Institute for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (IEES).
There is an urgent need for advanced transportation community facilitators, and the Clean Cities Program serves an important role in this community. Stakeholders across the country are looking to Clean Cities Coalitions to lead consensus building amongst a diverse group of stakeholders involved in transportation petroleum reduction initiatives. "We believe this new partnership will broaden our reach and provide access to resources and faculty that will take the organization to the next level," said Jenkins.
The first milestone related to the VCC-JMU partnership will be JMU involvement in the Propane AutoGas Corridor Development Project recently announced by Secretary Chu, Vice President Biden , and Governor Kaine. JMU will work with VCC to manage the program on behalf of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. "JMU is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship, and we have considerable experience deploying successful energy outreach and technology projects. The VCC-JMU partnership will expand both organizations' contributions to the community," said Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman, Executive Director of the JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World.
VCC will serve as a cornerstone program in IEES under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Public Service. Among the other deployment endeavors underway in IEES are: Valley 25x'25 and the Wind Power Applications and Technologies initiative. Dr. Noftsinger remarked that "JMU is taking an important step toward solidifying our statewide energy and environmental leadership role by creating a cohesive effort to establish partnerships toward a green economy."
Ken Newbold, Director of Research Development, will lead the Institute and work with faculty to develop innovative solutions. "The partnership with Clean Cities builds upon JMU's recognized leadership and programs in air quality and critical infrastructure protection. We are excited about working with Clean Cities to advance environmental stewardship in Virginia," stated Newbold.
Clean Cities is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's FreedomCAR & Vehicle Technologies Program. The partnership addresses the challenge of moving the United States away from the infrastructure and practices that contribute to dependence on imported petroleum and toward energy independence and security. In support of this challenge, Clean Cities assists the nation in meeting its objectives for renewable and alternative fuels use. To find out more about the Clean Cities program, go to http://www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities. To find out more about the Virginia Clean Cities program, go to http://www.hrccc.org/.