How one southeastern city is connecting renewable energy, transit and electric cars

Last week, we published a blog on Chattanooga’s Empower Chattanooga program, a flagship project for local sustainability, non-profit green spaces, and low-income energy efficiency solutions. But, Chattanooga is also leading the way with some innovative new transportation initiatives. On October 24, as part of a hearing in Ringgold, Georgia (near the GA/TN border) of the Georgia [...]

How to beat EV range anxiety? Say hello to the Chevy Bolt!

Do you remember the first time you heard about the iPhone? Like me, did you think “why would I need a phone that did all that?” How long did it take before you were a proud owner and realized that you couldn’t live without it? My bet is that it didn’t take you long. Now, [...]

Another gas shortage? These simple fixes could save us

Recent news and panic of a petroleum pipeline leak in Helena, Alabama (south of Birmingham) is making its way up the East Coast. The pipeline, owned by Colonial Pipeline Company, supplies some 40% of fuel to drivers from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey. More than 336,000 gallons of fuel have leaked so far and those estimates could still rise as more is learned about the leak. The pipeline has been shut down for repairs and therefore has reduced the supply of gasoline to certain markets in the Southeast.

How are the White House’s transportation initiatives measuring up?

Three years ago, the Obama Administration outlined their goals for “Building a 21st – Century Transportation Sector” in their Climate Action Plan. The goal of the plan included increasing fuel economy standards and expanding advanced transportation technologies. We’ve come a long way in those few short years. The Administration has dramatically increased fuel economy standards for our cars, which aims to achieve a 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) fleetwide average by 2025. Through this initiative alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold (MY 2012-2025) will be cut, save families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, and further reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Just last week, new rules to dramatically improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions were also finalized.

EPA Takes Historic First Step to Plug the Leaks on Methane Pollution

In a historic announcement today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the first national standards for reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. These methane rules are part of the Obama Administration’s suite of new regulations aimed at reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released from our nation’s energy sector and [...]

EPA Administrator Talks Clean Air for Kids in Atlanta

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, joined moms in Atlanta last night to talk about air pollution and ways we can work together to provide cleaner air for our kids. The theme of her remarks was clear: “Keep talking.” She urged us to “keep making the case that the march to clean power [...]

How Electric Cars Trump Gasoline

With the Southeast’s heavy reliance on coal power, the emissions benefit of electric vehicles (EVs) has been brought into question in recent years. Not only that, but what about the associated emissions from manufacturing and disposing of EV batteries? In the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) new report, Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave, they answer [...]

Your Top 4 Questions on Electric Vehicles, Answered

National Drive Electric Week kicked off Saturday with more than 30+ events scheduled across the Southeast. If you haven’t checked one out yet, you still have a chance. Find an event near you here. Nearly 400,000 electric vehicles (EVs) have been sold in the U.S. in the last five years. Early owners of EVs, regardless of [...]

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week – September 12-20

National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) kicks off its fifth year this Saturday with hundreds of events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate electric cars (EVs). NDEW, nationally presented by Plug-In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, is an opportunity to highlight the clean-air benefits, cost-savings, and pure driving joy of electric cars. EV owners will [...]

GA Alternative Fuel Roadshow Touts Diversification

This week I had the pleasure of attending and participating in one of the Atlanta stops of the 5th Annual Alternative Fuel Roadshow hosted by Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols. Tuesday’s roadshow was at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, which was the perfect spot to kick off the Roadshow’s second week of activities. [...]