U.S. Department of Energy Honors Illinois Leader for Success in Reducing Petroleum Use in Transportation

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 4, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Samantha Bingham for her dedication and outstanding accomplishments in reducing Illinois’ dependence on petroleum in transportation.

DOE’s National Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith and Co-Director Linda Bluestein inducted Bingham into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame on Sept. 3 while in Lemont, Ill., where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions from across the country gathered for the 2015 Clean Cities Coordinator Workshop.

Bingham was inducted along with two other coordinators who lead the Lake Michigan Consortium – a collaboration between Wisconsin Clean Cities, Chicago Area Clean Cities, and South Shore Clean Cities – in a team recognition.

Created in 2007, the Consortium is made up of more than 500 member organizations. It serves a geographic population of nearly 10 million people with 11 counties that hold non-attainment status for the U.S. EPA 2008 Ground Ozone standard. The Consortium – which offers more than 40 years of combined experience in the Clean Cities program – works closely to provide support and technical expertise for stakeholders using or considering alternative fuel vehicles. The trio of coalitions also holds numerous outreach events and trainings aimed at educating the public, fleets, and automotive technicians in an effort to reduce petroleum use.

“Samantha has led her coalition for nearly a decade and has aggressively sought CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program) funding to implement many successful projects across the Chicago area,” Bluestein said. “Her coalition has more than 150 active members and provides support to many well-known fleets.”

Bingham is an environmental policy analyst for the City of Chicago and has served as the coordinator of Chicago Area Clean Cities since 2006. In 2014, the coalition’s member fleets saved more than 25 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and nearly 240,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions through the deployment of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, and fuel economy improvements. These savings equate to removing 53,000 passenger cars from the road.

“I am grateful to the U.S. Department of Energy for this prestigious recognition,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “I would like to thank our coalition’s members for their dedication to our mission to achieve clean vehicles, clean fuel, clean air, and clean cities. We are making terrific progress in the six-county Chicago region to protect the environment, and the commercial fleets and municipalities that are our stakeholders in the coalition deserve the real praise for our successes.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a designated member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. Clean Cities advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements and emerging transportation technologies. For more information, visit www.cleancities.energy.gov and www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/hall_of_fame.html. To learn more about Chicago Area Clean Cities or to become involved, please visit: chicagocleancities.org.

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