TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2014) – The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, a partnership between the University of South Florida, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy, will receive its official designation as a “Clean Cities Coalition” by the U.S. Department of Energy during a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 17.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will present certificates to coalition members during the ceremony, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in USF’s Patel Center for Global Solutions, located on the Tampa campus.
The TBCCC joins more than 100 Clean Cities coalitions nationally who have earned the designation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Clean Cities program is designed to advance the nation’s economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Since its inception in 1993, the federal agency estimates the program has saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum.
The TBCCC was founded in August 2012 with the mission of coordinating and promoting the use of non-traditional and cleaner energy fuels in transportation. The federal designation will help the Tampa Bay region identify funding opportunities for clean fuel projects through a nationwide network of partners on the cutting edge of alternative fuels.
“Achieving DOE designation often takes many years,” said Margaret Rush, member of the TBCCC steering committee and sustainability coordinator at the Environmental Protection Commission. “Our ability to complete the task in two years speaks to the great strength of our community in supporting cleaner fuels and diversity in our fuel supply.”
Since being founded by the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and TECO Energy, the TBCCC has grown substantially. The coalition currently includes more than 30 public and private organizations around the Tampa Bay area, such as Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), Clearwater Gas System, Trillium CNG, and Precision Alternative Fuel Conversions (PAFC).
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.