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Establishment of the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition

Jan 03, 2014
Clean Cities programs advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by partnering with and supporting local businesses to reduce petroleum consumption.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2014

Metropolitan Energy Center * www.metroenergy.org

CONTACT: David Johnson
Coordinator Central Kansas Clean Cities
Phone: 316-258-8322
David@KCEnergy.org

Central Kansas Clean Cities founding board member businesses: American Lung Association, Black Hills Energy, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas Gas Service, Kansas Soybean Commission, Metropolitan Energy Center, Mid American CNG, Propane Central, Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO), and Westar.

Wichita, Kansas (December 31, 2013) – With the help and support of the above local, regional and national businesses, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) announces the establishment of the Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition and invites local businesses and interested parties to attend the coalition’s first stakeholder meeting in Downtown Wichita from 1:00 to 3:00pm on January 23 in the Bank of America Auditorium, 100 N. Broadway, 67201.

"The momentum to establish an alternative fuel marketplace in Kansas is at a peak," said Kelly Gilbert, Transportation Director of MEC, "and we are very excited to provide this resource to businesses and municipalities across the state. Central Kansas Clean Cities will add a needed level of support to serve even the farthest reaches of Kansas."

The new coalition is based in Wichita, KS, where coalition coordinator David Johnson manages the advisory board and plans educational opportunities for stakeholder members. It is regionally supported by MEC and the staff of Kansas City Regional Clean Cities, which has been operating programs in central and western Kansas for the past few years. We are currently adding member organizations, so please call or write Mr. Johnson with membership inquiries or questions.

The Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition is a membership organization dedicated to expanding the use and availability of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Kansas and is one of nearly 100 coalitions in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative. Clean Cities, founded in 1993, has saved more than 4.5 billion gallons of petroleum nationwide and has helped to place more than 660,000 alternative fuel vehicles on the road. The coalitions are working on collectively saving 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year by 2020.

Metropolitan Energy Center is a non-profit corporation focused on energy conservation in mid-America. It manages two Clean Cities coalitions—Central Kansas and Kansas City Regional—that together provide Kansans education, technical assistance, training, access to grant funds and resources for the adoption of alternative fuels and technology that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Initiatives focus on alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid electric vehicles and idle reduction. MEC also provides resources and training for energy efficiency and environmental remediation in the built environment. Learn more at www.metroenergy.org.