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The clean energy economy in transportation

CLEER takes a three-part approach to clean energy in transportation. We recognize that in rural Colorado, cars and trucks are necessary for business and family life. We also know that nationwide, transportation accounts for about 40 percent of total use of fossil fuels.

We have many opportunities to reduce petroleum consumption through better driving, vehicle maintenance, and purchasing modern, fuel-efficient vehicles when the time comes. CLEER works with communities and fleets to help them learn about advances in clean vehicle technology and what they can do to make the vehicles they own today operate as efficiently as possible.

No car, less car, efficient car

No car: Healthy active transportation via bicycles and walking, combined with safe routes for bicycle and pedestrian travel within and between communities.

Less car: Use of public transit systems, combined with safe routes for bicycle and pedestrian access to bus stops. CLEER also supports carpooling.

Efficient car: Vehicle efficiency through use of hybrid and plug-in electric cars, compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, and driving habits that increase mileage and efficiency.

CLEER’s history with clean energy transportation

CLEER has deep roots in clean energy transportation issues. CLEER’s founder and executive director, Alice H. Laird, is the former director of the New Century Transportation Foundation. NCTF served as an educational and fundraising resource for clean energy transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley, working closely with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).

New Century Transportation Foundation mobilized more than $800,000 in funding for RFTA to complete the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, and organized political and community support for the RFTA’s bus rapid transit system, VelociRFTA. The trail and the BRT are now very successful means of non-car transportation. The Rio Grande Trail has also become a big draw for tourism in the valley, complementing other recreational cycling trails in the region.

CLEER’s expertise in vehicle efficiency and alternative fuels

Mike Ogburn leads CLEER’s vehicle transportation team. His resume includes engineering work with Rocky Mountain Institute, Ford Motor Co., Ballard Fuel Cells, GE Aircraft Engines and Cummins. Mike has direct experience with efficient vehicle design, fuel efficiency, hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.

CLEER's transportation projects

Bike and Walk to School Challenge Visit the Garfield Clean Energy Bike & Walk to School Challenge webpage

Refuel Colorado Fleets

The Colorado Energy Office contracts with CLEER to manage the Refuel Colorado Fleets program. CLEER provided the inspiration for this project by applying its successful model of energy coaching to work with fleets. Refuel is a pilot program involving 14 Colorado counties with the goal of building market demand for alternative fuels by working with government and private sector fleets.
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Western Slope CNG Collaborative

The Western Slope CNG Collaborative is a project of Garfield Clean Energy. This effort works to expand use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel by providing an information-sharing network and advocacy for fuel providers, auto dealers and vehicle drivers, particularly fleets. Visit the Western Slope CNG webpage.