On October 12, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities’ members gathered at Dean Transportation’s new training facility to learn what local stakeholders have accomplished over the past year and to provide input on future GLACC initiatives. GLACC has worked hard to facilitate and assist clean transportation projects in 2011, and the key ingredient to the success of these projects has been the collaboration amongst dedicated organizations working toward similar goals.

Our members have made huge strides in clean transportation efforts over the past year, and future plans ensure that this progress will continue. Here are some of the projects our stakeholders have been working on:

  • Michigan Flyer, a motorcoach company who makes frequent shuttle trips to and from East Lansing, Jackson, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metropolitan Airport, plans to replace four buses next year with low-emission buses.
  • Meridian Township has been working on a connective pathways system accessible to bikers and walkers to allow for more petroleum-free transportation trips. Meridian Township also held a clean transportation event at the Meridian Mall that GLACC participated in this past April.
  • State Representative Rashida Tlaib, with the support of Michigan Diesel Clean-Up Campaign, has introduced bills that would reduce fuel wasted by idling diesel vehicles.
  • The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is working to address challenges to the widespread deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV’s) through its Plug in Electric Vehicle Community Project. BWL and GLACC will also be a part of the U.S. Department of Energy electric vehicle infrastructure planning grant to prepare Michigan communities for new PEV’s.
  • Lansing Community College is working with GLACC and Clean Energy Coalition through the Michigan Green Fleets program on planning a first responder training for gaseous fuels and electric vehicles.
  • Michigan State University (MSU) continues to green their fleet with dozens of hybrid electric vehicles and has also installed GPS/idle tracking units on 100 vehicles to reduce fuel consumption. MSU is also a project partner on GLACC’s recently awarded EPA grant and will use this funding to install exhaust control equipment on 14 vehicles.

After the member meeting, GLACC hosted an EV community listening session open to any individual or organization with interest in the EV research and planning initiative that GLACC will be part of. The meeting focused on potential locations for EVSE’s and also assessed what could propel or hinder the momentum of EV’s in the Lansing area. If you were unable to attend this meeting, we still need your help. Please visit our web site and tell us what locations you think would be ideal for EVSE’s— either specific or broad suggestions are encouraged. If you have an further input or ideas that could be useful during our EV planning, please contact Maggie Striz Calnin at (517) 925-8649 at ext. 17 or by email at maggie@michigancleancities.org.