South Shore Clean Cities is expanding its Northern Indiana nonprofit sustainable transportation organization to serve all of Indiana.
A name change for the statewide organization is expected to happen soon, the organization said. The group will maintain its headquarters in St. John.
In 2020, the Department of Energy, which operates the national Clean Cities initiative, selected Indiana to participate in a statewide Clean Cities coalition pilot program focused on expanding Clean Cities outreach activities and technical assistance statewide. As a Clean Cities coalition, South Shore Clean Cities was invited to submit an operating plan for a statewide designation, which was awarded Feb. 1.
“We are thrilled and humbled to be selected to manage a Clean Cities program serving the entire state of Indiana,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities. “Replicating our successful model of working with stakeholders to increase adoption of sustainable transportation fuels, vehicles and equipment will benefit all Hoosiers and we are excited about what lies ahead.”
Clean Cities organizations support the nation’s energy and economic security by building partnerships to advance affordable domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.
In 2020, South Shore Clean Cities assisted its stakeholders in securing more than $9.3 million in grant funds for more than 175 vehicles and equipment, including fueling and charging infrastructure. The nonprofit’s stakeholders have displaced more than 93 million gallons of gasoline since 2009 or the equivalent of removing roughly 180,000 passenger vehicles from the road for one year, South Shore Clean Cities said.
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