VW Trust Effective Date

The final paperwork for the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust was filed today, and the Trust Effective Date is October 2, 2017. States will have 60 days to submit their Certification for Beneficiary Status, which will allow them to become Beneficiaries of the Trust. A fillable Certification for Beneficiary Status and other applicable forms will be uploaded to the NASEO and NACAA VW Clearinghouse by the end of today.

For more information, please contact Cassie Powers at [email protected], or visit the NASEO & NACAA VW Settlement Clearinghouse, www.vwclearinghouse.org.

Executive Director Melissa Howell Receives Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award

GOLDEN – (August, 2017) – Melissa Howell, executive director of Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership has been voted this year’s Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award recipient.  The award was presented at the 2017 National Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.

“Melissa is our longest serving coordinator,” said Dennis Smith, director of the program. “She has been a persistent force to be reckoned with.”

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Job Opportunity: KCFC Executive Director

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is seeking qualified applicants for Executive Director. Open until filled.

Job Title: Executive Director
Organization: Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
Location: Kentucky
Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience
Type:  Full Time employment (35 hours per week)
Benefits:  Flexible hours, telecommuting from within Kentucky, health insurance stipend, other

Description: The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director position is a full time, salaried, at-will position which reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of KCFC and for its effective management.

KCFC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect providers and consumers of fuels across Kentucky with the best information and education available about clean transportation technologies.  KCFC has been a designated U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities partner since 1994. KCFC has over 50 member organizations with a 2017 annual budget of $150,000.


Provide support and council to Board of Directors to ensure smooth operation of all board functions. Serve as staff liaison to Full Board and committees.  Develop, maintain and support a strong Board of Directors.  Meet regularly with Board President, develop agenda for quarterly board meetings, lead efforts to identify and recruit new Board members.

Working with the Board of Directors, develop and articulate a long range vision for KCFC and strategy for implementation.


  1. Offer regular, purposeful, and appealing member meetings.
  2. Provide relevant current information via the website, email, social media, and print materials.
  3. Adhere to Clean Cities Partnership requirements for programming offerings.
  4. Actively seek out projects, partners, and funding that advance KCFC’s strategic plan.

Provide comprehensive and timely reporting to U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities, and all fiduciary responsibilities for monies received.

Recommend, administer, and interpret policies/ procedures for the safe and sustainable operation of KCFC.

Hire and manage staff,  independent contractors, and interns, including maintenance of position descriptions, personnel files, annual performance appraisals, and compensation.

Develop and maintain annual operating budgets, multi-year strategic planning budgets, and asset management.  Prepare and submit regular budget and expenditure reports to the board and provide expense documentation to board Treasurer and CPA.

Personally participate in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual memberships. Identify and pursue potential leads, maintain strong relationship with funders, coordinate grant writing and reporting efforts, direct organizational finances.  Develop and implement sponsorship and any giving campaigns. Evaluate need for a comprehensive membership and fundraising plan.

Represent the KCFC before the community. Serve as an external presence for the media on behalf of the organization. Communicate members’ and KCFC’s successes.

The director performs other duties as directed by the Board of Directors.

KCFC does not have office space and the director must work remotely, as well as provide his/her own vehicle for travel.

Vehicle miles traveled are reimbursed at the federal reimbursement rate. 10-20% travel required, primarily throughout Kentucky.



– Bachelors degree

– Experience working on environmental issues and collaborating with diverse groups of people.

– Experience in fund raising and budget management preferred


– Minimum three years of management experience

– Experience working with a non‐profit board of Directors strongly preferred


– Excellent written and oral communication skills and proficiency in public speaking

– Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information


– Strong organizational and project management skills

– Self starter, able to work independently off-site with limited in person contact with board.

– Commitment and ability to articulate KCFC mission

– Ability to relate to people of all ages

– A sense of humor, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit

– Must pass a background check

– Ability and desire to learn


Proficiency in using word processing and spreadsheet software.
Proficiency offering and attending  web based meetings and webinars.

MORE INFORMATION To learn more about KCFC, please go to http://kentuckycleanfuels.org/.


Email resume’ with contact information and three professional references as PDF attachments to [email protected] before August 15, 2017.

Fuels Fix Summer 2017 Edition

The Fuels Fix is a collaborative effort of all the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program coalitions in the United States working together to spread the word about actions that are taking place to reduce oil dependence, improve air quality and get advanced fuels, vehicle and vehicle technologies in use. The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition takes the lead in putting together the ezine and it is published on a quarterly basis.

The Ezine is a collection of stories from all over the US about alternative fuels, hybrids, conservation and efficiency initiatives, emissions reducing technologies, and similar news from the coordinators and their working partners on projects.

Click this link to read this summer’s edition of the Fuels Fix

School Transportation News Webinar

School Transportation News hosted a free recorded webinar: VW Settlement & Beyond: Emissions Funding Opportunities for School Bus Deployments. This recorded webinar not only highlights key programs throughout the U.S. that fund new, cleaner school buses, but also how you can position your fleet to compete and potentially secure Volkswagen funding. Click Here to Listen to the Webinar.

Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition Fleets Save 20 Million Gallons of Fuel in 2016

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition through its programs and projects across Kentucky displaced approximately 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 160,800 tons. These reductions are in large part due to the extensive work of member fleets in the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program. KCFC hosted the sixth annual Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12th in Frankfort, KY. The program had the largest participation in program history at 37 fleets. The combined sustainability efforts in 2016 of the participating fleets led to a reduction of gallons of gasoline used by over 11.1 million GGEs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by over 48,000 tons of GHGs.

Green Fleets of the Bluegrass aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. Green Fleets of the Bluegrass is a voluntary recognition program of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. The participating fleets in 2016 reduced petroleum use through operating alternative fuel vehicles, preforming preventative maintenance, and focus on anti-idling and efficient driving practices.

Fleets Recognized with Leadership Awards

Greenest Third Class Municipal Government Fleet – City of Somerset








Greenest Public School Fleet – Crittenden County Board of Education








Greenest First Class Municipal Government Fleet – Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government








Greenest Medium Freight Fleet (under 500 vehicles) – M&M Cartage








Greenest Corporate Fleet – Mercer Transportation








Greenest Transit Fleet – Transit Authority of River City








Greenest Freight Fleet (over 500 vehicles) – UPS









Greenest Refuse Fleet – Waste Management of Kentucky








Other Fleets Recognized

Bourbon County Schools









City of London









Irvington Gas









Jefferson County Public Schools









Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection








Kentucky Division of Fleet Management









LaRue County Schools


















Louisville Metro Government









Mammoth Cave National Park









Murray State University


















Trimble County Schools









University of Louisville









Zenith Motors









Other Green Fleets Participants

Allen County Schools

Bath County Schools

Carrollton Utilities

Darling Ingredients

DoubleTree by Hilton

Fort Campbell

Hardin County Schools

Kentuckiana Cleanfuel

Louisville Gas & Electric/ Kentucky Utilities

Metropolitan Sewer District

Nicholas County Schools


Taxi 7

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is honored to be able to celebrate and recognize the sustainability efforts of fleets across the state of the Kentucky.

Cummins Oks Renewable Diesel For B6.7, L9 School Bus Engines

News that Cummins, Inc. approved paraffinic fuels for its B6.7 and L9 school bus engines could be the push needed to open the renewable diesel market to the student transporters.

The conclusion resulted from an 18-month field trial of paraffinic fuels Cummins performed to compare efficiencies and differences with standard diesel. Cummins determined that the paraffinic renewable diesel met EN 15940 specifications and is now approved for B6.7 and L9 engine platforms as well as the company’s B4.5 that meets Euro 6 emissions standards.

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Webinar: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology Update – Options Under the VW Settlement

NASEO will host a webinar on Thursday, June 1 at 3:30pm eastern time that will review the latest on-road, medium- and heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicle technologies eligible for funding under the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement. Through the VW settlement, states will have an opportunity to replace old diesel vehicles with on- and off-road alternative fuel vehicles. During this webinar, participants will hear updates on various alternative fuel vehicle technologies and their expected emissions benefits, and will have an opportunity to ask questions of their peers. Our speakers will include: Kent Leacock with Proterra and Leslie Eudy with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who will provide an overview of electric transit buses; Hugh Donnell with Cummins Westport, who will discuss recent developments in the heavy-duty natural gas vehicle industry, including “near zero” natural gas engines; and Tucker Perkins with the Propane Education & Research Council, who will provide an overview of the latest on-road propane vehicle applications. To register for the webinar, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7661374315484547842.
Additional information on the Volkswagen Settlement can be found on NASEO’s website at www.naseo.org/volkswagen-settlement. For more information, please contact Cassie Powers at [email protected].