Collaboration Aids Air Quality and Economic Enhancement Goals
Raleigh, N.C. (February 10, 2015) – The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University today announces the formation of a transportation technology coordinating committee that will facilitate collaboration among industry, academia, state government and advocacy organizations with the goal to enhance adoption of cleaner transportation fuels and efficiency. The North Carolina Clean Transportation Coordinating Committee (NCCTCC) is an outgrowth of the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project, a $6.2 million initiative focused on reducing transportation-related emissions with federal support from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). While the majority of CFAT funding supports direct adoption of emission reduction technologies through grants to public and private entities, the project also includes recognition of exemplary activities, education and outreach aimed at reducing transportation related emissions. Educational activities encompass organizing state and regional events, a public education media campaign and technical training. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation-related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality concerns.
The new committee, which will meet three times a year, will provide a forum to coordinate efforts and address state wide interests. “By fostering improved collaboration and partnership, this new committee will greatly enhance our existing efforts to promote environmental health, support new economic and business opportunities, and improve overall quality of life in North Carolina,” said NC Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata in support of the NCCETC initiative. Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council have already partnered with the NCCETC through the CFAT project and can participate in the group as a conduit for local government involvement and a link to U.S. Department of Energy efforts of the Clean Cities program. Piedmont Natural Gas, the NC Propane Gas Association and Piedmont Biofuels are founding business members of the NCCTCC. “We are pleased to provide a platform for technology and policy adoption that accelerates both environmental and economic enhancements,” stated NCCETC’s Executive Director, Steve Kalland. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the Center for more information about the coordinating committee.
About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech
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