The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that furthers the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. We were first designated a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition in October 1995. The GNHCCC covers New Haven County and other areas of Connecticut as it handles federal grant projects.
The GNHCCC brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies. The goal is to improve air quality, support economic development, increase energy security, and reduce dependence on petroleum. We do this by providing education and training, technical expertise, networking opportunities, and funding assistance to our stakeholders.
Over 20 Years of Advancement
GNHCCC was designated in October of 1995 as a coalition of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Nationally, there are nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions that advance the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cut petroleum use in transportation.
To learn more visit the National Clean Cities website.
Why Clean Cities?
The United States relies heavily on foreign oil to power its transportation sector. Our country imported about 40% of the petroleum it consumed in 2012, and about two-thirds of these imports came from outside North America, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Support U.S. Economy and Energy Security
Transportation accounts for about 71% of U.S. petroleum consumption
Reduce emissions impacting air quality and public health
Gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles are major sources of greenhouse gases, smog-forming compounds, particulate matter, and other air pollutants
Lee started the New Haven Clean Cities coalition in 1995 and has served as the coalition’s coordinator for the last 20 years.
As part of his Clean Cities mission, Grannis has developed projects and obtained federal and matching funding for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, light duty electric vehicles, electric transit, hydrogen hybrid, and biodiesel projects, and related outreach project funding. He has provided alternative vehicle and fuel consultation and assistance to many organizations in Connecticut and outside the state, including several towns and cities, metropolitan transit authorities, utilities, community colleges, universities, laboratories, and airports. He serves as an on-call advisor to Connecticut state government staff and Connecticut’s U.S. Congressional and Senatorial staff. Recently, his coalition, in partnership with the three other Connecticut Clean Cities coalitions and 27 other partners, was awarded $29 million (including partner match) from the U.S. Department of Energy for alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicle deployment in Connecticut. Grannis was selected as the Northeast Region Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004 and 2008 and was inducted into the national Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2016 Grannis was awarded the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award from the Clean Cities Coordinator Council.
Grannis retired after 23 years as a lieutenant colonel infantry from the U.S. Army. He held several combat and logistical positions, which included two combat tours in Vietnam. He attended several military schools and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Grannis has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Grannis is on the Board of the Greater New Haven Transit District, and was recently elected the organization’s treasurer.
Paul worked his way up from Clean Cities stakeholder to board member to co-coordinator.
Paul Wessel leads the integration of the Parksmart parking and transportation certification into the GBCI family. Paul was previously the Executive Director of the Green Parking Council, a national 501(c)(3) organization developing and dispersing green parking practices through certification and credentialing programs, open-sourced standards, professional leadership and educational development and training. GPC worked at the intersection of parking, green building, clean technology, renewable energy, smart grid infrastructure, urban planning and sustainable mobility. Earlier, Paul served as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator and the Director of Traffic and Parking for the City of New Haven as well as a board member of the New Haven Parking Authority and the Greater New Haven Transit District. Under his leadership, the City introduced new electric vehicle shuttle buses, upgraded parking enforcement and meter technology and dramatically increased parking revenue. He currently sits on the board of and co-coordinates the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition. Paul has extensive experience in legislative and community advocacy, foundation and non-profit engagement in community development and municipal economic development. He holds a M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from New School University and a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University.
Nearly 15,000 stakeholders contribute to Clean Cities’ goals and accomplishments through participation in nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country. Private companies, fuel suppliers, local governments, vehicle manufacturers, national laboratories, state and federal government agencies, and other organizations join together under Clean Cities to implement alternative-transportation solutions in their communities.
Agrifuels | Air & Gas Technologies | All American Waste | Biodiesel One, Ltd. | CabAire | City of Hamden | City of Meriden | City of New Haven | City of West Haven | Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro | Control Module | CT Center of Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) | CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection | CT Parent Power | CTTRANSIT | Cumberland Farms | Cusson Automotive | Eversource Energy | Ford Motor Company | Frito Lay | Gateway Community College | Greater New Haven Transit District | Greenleaf Biofuels | Hocon Gas | Leahy Fuels | Metro Taxi | Nissan | North American Equipment Upfitters Inc | Park Smart | Propane Gas Association of New England | Propark | Proton Onsite | Regional Water Authority | Roush CleanTech | Santa Energy | Sikorsky Airport | South Central Regional Council of Governments | Southern Connecticut Freightliner | Southern Connecticut Gas | Stevens Ford | Sustainable America | Tasca | United Illuminating | Verdeck | Veterans Administration | Yale University
We work with fleets of all vehicle sizes, vehicle numbers, and vocations to find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.
Alternative and Renewable Fuels
Many different fuel options exist which can help displace petroleum consumption and reduce emissions. These fuels are defined in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, propane. Alternative fuels may include both renewable and non-renewable fuels, and interest in their use is expanding among the general public as well as large fleets. Although availability of different fuels has sometimes been a challenge in the past, refueling infrastructure is expanding throughout the country and specifically Connecticut to meet the growing demand.
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane autogas, has been used worldwide as a vehicle fuel for decades. It is stored as a liquid, and propane fueling infrastructure is widespread.
Find and compare alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), engines, and hybrid systems for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.
Gallons of petroleum saved in 2016
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
As vehicle technology continues to advance, the variety of vehicle types available is increasing rapidly. Consumers and fleets can now choose to purchase vehicles that use an alternative fuel, an advanced hybrid powertrain, all-electric vehicles, energy-efficient diesel, or simply a highly efficient conventional gasoline engine. More choices, such as fuel-cell vehicles are on the horizon. The Department of Energy provides a list of energy-efficient technologies that are offered on many vehicles available today. AFVs are available either as conversions or as original manufacturer equipment, and come in both light-duty passenger vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment. Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), as defined by the EPAct, include any dedicated, flexible-fuel, bi-fuel, or dual-fuel vehicle designed to operate on at least one alternative fuel. To the right are the definitions of each type.
Designed to run only on the alternative fuel.
Capable of operating on gasoline, E85, or a mixture of the two.
Designed with two separate fueling systems that allows for operation on natural gas or propane and conventional gasoline.
Requires both alternative fuel and diesel fuel storage and delivery systems. Mainly developed for heavy-duty applications-usually out of warranty.
Find case studies and other information about fleets that have successfully adopted alternative fuels and advanced vehicles
Find and compare alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), engines, and hybrid systems
Overview the individual medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, listed by application
GNHCCC and its stakeholders have received several grants throughout the past few years! Click on the tabs below to find out what projects are being funded thanks to these awards.
- Advancing PEV Adoption in New England
- EV Smart Fleets
- CT Clean Cities Future Fuels Project
- New Haven Trolley Line
Public fleets are seeing huge benefits from the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). By eliminating fuel consumption, EVs reduce costs to fleets, promote energy independence and help protect the environment. Although EVs are increasingly becoming a successful application for fleets, higher incremental costs, procurement processes, and insufficient charging infrastructure remain as critical barriers to adoption.
EV Smart Fleets seeks to address these barriers by aggregating state and local fleet purchases for EVs and charging stations through a multi-state aggregated EV solicitation and procurement agreement. EV Smart Fleets will leverage the purchasing volume of public fleets across the country in order to reduce vehicle and infrastructure costs, improve contract terms, provide access to a wider range of EV models, and expand access to charging infrastructure. This multi-state procurement will be issued and managed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) through its ValuePoint Program.
Funded in FY2008, the BioWatz Project allowed the GNHCCC to work with Chris Glynos at BioPur, Inc., located in Bethlehem, CT, to build on the biodiesel production facility operated by Glynos. The project engaged an integrated team to design, develop and deploy a Power Generation System at the BioPur facility which would enable the production of electricity with biodiesel. The project proved to be very successful, allowing Glynos to sell his renewable power to the local power company — after he uses some of it to provide power for the biodiesel production facility. The project collected data through a system designed and installed by Sabre Engineering of Colorado and Innovation Drive, the project management firm provided support to the growth of this operation. The federal project officially ended in late 2010.
Fleets in New Haven county using alternative fuels
Tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided in 2016
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Connecticut Clean Cities
Greater New Haven Clean Cities is one of four coalitions in the state of Connecticut. Together, the four coalitions cover the entire state. For more information about the other Connecticut coalitions, please contact the appropriate coalition coordinator.
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