CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2016 – Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has been named the 2016 Clean Fuels Champion by the Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) Coalition.
“The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is one of the most impactful regional planning agencies in the country,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “They are a leader of clean-vehicle, clean-air, and congestion-mitigation projects for our region, and we’re proud to name CMAP as our 2016 Clean Fuels Champion. Their leadership and willingness to support Clean Cities’ mission to reduce emissions and improve air quality has been a catalyst for clean-transportation solutions.”
CMAP, the regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, developed and implemented the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. The agency and its partners are now developing ON TO 2050 to establish coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
The agency also oversees the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, which provides federal funding for transportation improvements designed to improve air quality and alleviate congestion.
CMAP programs more than $100 million annually through CMAQ projects, which are carefully reviewed by agency staff and a committee of local government officials. The alternative fuel and diesel emissions reduction projects funded in part by CMAQ include:
- The Drive Clean Chicago Program
- Chicago-area alternative fueling stations for municipalities
- The Chicago-area Green Fleets Grant Program
- The Indiana Harbor Belt CNG Railroad Project
“We deeply appreciate this honor from Clean Cities,” said Joseph C. Szabo, executive director, CMAP. “Effective, long-term regional planning is critical to dealing with the issues that come with population growth. And part of that process is for CMAP and its partners to program projects that help improve air quality and reduce congestion. This can include upgrades to bus and locomotive fleets, and supporting transportation alternatives such as bicycling.”
The Clean Fuels Champion was awarded last night at the coalition’s end of the year meeting. The award is given annually to an individual, fleet, organization, or business that promote alternative fuels, reduces petroleum usage or reduces emissions. Recent award recipients include Testa Produce, Ozinga Bros., Trillium CNG, the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and Groot Industries.
At the awards ceremony, CACC also named its 2016 Green Fleet award winners, including Alpha Baking Company, R&D Bus Company and Starfish Transportation of Chicago, Gold Standard Transportation of Crestwood, Ill., and DuPage County. Each company was recognized for its success in using alternative-fuel vehicles.
About Chicago Area Clean Cities
Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting cleaner energy for transportation and automotive fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit www.ChicagoCleanCities.org.