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Empire Clean Cities Newsletter

August 24, 2021

ECC Announcements
Join Empire Clean Cities for the 12th Annual Stakeholder Meeting!

You're invited to the Empire Clean Cities 12th Annual Stakeholder Meeting! Join us for a morning of networking, panel discussions, updates on local initiatives and funding opportunities, and more.

The event is held in conjunction with the NYC Annual Equipment and Vehicle Show, which gives you a firsthand look at vehicles and equipment with alternative fuels and emissions reducing technologies. Due to COVID-19, this year our event will be held outside under the Unisphere in Flushing-Meadows Park.

Interested in partnering with us? Sponsorship opportunities are now available! To learn more about sponsorship and speaking opportunities, please see this year's sponsorship deck and contact Joy Gardner.

Registration is free and a light breakfast is served. Agenda to follow.
Register Today
We're Hiring! Multiple Positions
Empire Clean Cities is hiring! We are looking to fill three positions this fall with passionate, transportation and energy-minded individuals. Learn more about each position below:

1) Program Manager
2) Communications & Outreach Coordinator
3) Mission Electric Intern (part-time)
Learn More
Manhattan Beer Distributors Receive First All-Electric Volvo VNR Truck
On August 12th, ECC member Manhattan Beer Distributors unveiled its first of five Class-8 Volvo Trucks North America VNR electric trucks. The vehicle is the first full battery-electric Class-8 truck on the East Coast. Funded with help from the NYC Department of Transportation Clean Trucks Program, the truck joins Manhattan Beer Distributor's warehouse in the South Bronx, where company leadership is committed to reducing the company's environmental impact and doing their part to reduce local air pollution from diesel vehicle emissions.

Congratulations to all parties involved! We look forward to seeing more electric trucks in the Bronx and New York City.
Does your fleet use biofuel or biodiesel in downstate New York?
Calling all downstate fuel users! Does your fleet use biofuel or biodiesel? If so, we'd love to speak with you!

Empire Clean Cities is working with the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association to help promote upstate corn and soy production that helps feed biofuel stocks, as well as downstate biofuel users. If you're interested in participating and sharing your biofuel story, please contact Lidia Henderson,
Upcoming Events
What: Climate Week NYC
When: September 20-26, 2021

Climate Week NYC is a week-long, virtual and in-person series of events with a focus on fulfilling and increasing climate commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations. Climate Week NYC is hosted by the Climate Group in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York. Learn more about this year's events here.
What: ECC 12th Annual Stakeholder Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 22, 8:00-11:00 AM

The Empire Clean Cities 12th Annual Stakeholder Meeting brings together industry leaders for a morning of networking and discussion on the latest advances in emissions reduction technologies and policies. The event is held in conjunction with the NYC Annual Equipment and Vehicle Show under the Unisphere in Flushing-Meadows Park. Register here.
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to know about? 
Empire Clean Cities is here to spread the word about alternative fuels and clean air. Contact us with any event inquiries or opportunities!
Funding Opportunities
For a full list of funding opportunities and incentives, visit the 'Incentives' page on our website.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to accelerate the development of new or enhance/increase existing anaerobic digestion capacity and infrastructure in the United States. Deadline to apply: October 7th, 2021.

New York State Volkswagen Settlement Funds: Current Programs
Rebate incentive funding is now available for fleets and businesses in NYC Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) for the replacement of older, diesel-fueled trucks with alternative fuel or electric vehicle technologies. Funding available from $12,000 to $185,000 per truck replacement, depending on fuel type and truck class size.
*UPDATE: Funding has been exhausted for Class 8 PHEV, HEV, CNG, and Propane Vehicles*
NYTVIP provides vouchers to fleets across New York State for the replacement of older diesel vehicles with the purchase or lease of electric, conventional hybrid electric, compressed natural gas, or propane medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Voucher amounts are based on a percentage of the incremental cost of the vehicle.
Visit Empire Clean Cities VW Settlement page to learn more.
What We're Reading
"Volvo VNR Electric Makes its East Coast Debut"
Last week, ECC member Manhattan Beer Distributors announced their first of five Volvo Trucks North America’s VNR Electric trucks to join their fleet of 400 delivery vehicles. The vehicle is the first all-electric VNR truck on the East Coast, serving customers throughout New York City, Long Island, and upstate New York. 
"USDA awards $26 million for higher-blend biofuel infrastructure"
Projects in 23 states across the nation will receive $26 million from the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grant to install pumps, tanks, and other equipment for selling higher-blend biofuels. The projects are expected to expand the availability of higher-blend fuels by 822 million gallons annually.
"Recovery for All of Us: New Yorkers to Create an Accountability Framework on Environmental Justice Issues"
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Environmental Justice Advisory Board announced the a public comment period from August 5th to September 5th, 2021 to give New Yorkers the power to influence the scope of the Environmental Justice for All Report. You can submit public comment here.
"Energy Justice: Key Concepts and Metrics Relevant to EERE Transportation Projects"
National Renewable Energy Labs published a new report to provide the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office with a “primer” of key concepts and metrics relevant to energy equity and justice. 
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