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Are School Buses Ready to Go Electric?

school buses

Photo: Zemlinki! via Flickr

We often blog about how businesses with vehicle fleets can be more fuel-efficient. But what about our nation’s largest fleet: school buses. Tasked with carrying 25 million children to school every day, our collective school bus fleet is the largest form of mass transit in the United States. Making the 480,000 buses in operation more fuel-efficient would go a long way to reducing oil usage in our country.

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UPS Commits to Renewable Natural Gas

A UPS worker refuels a truck that runs on natural gas

A UPS worker refuels a truck that runs on natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) got a boost this week when UPS announced an agreement to supply three of its California fueling stations with the fuel. According to UPS, nearly 400 of its vehicles will begin run on RNG starting this month, making it the shipping industry’s largest user of this alternative fuel.

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On the Road with CNG

CNG fill-up

Photo: Scott Lowe via Flickr

Earlier this year, Piedmont Natural Gas generously donated a bi-fuel van, meaning it runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and gasoline, to the Sustainable America fleet. We were thrilled to have the 2002 Chevy 2500 Express Passenger Van to use in our alternative fuel programming and educational outreach, but first we had to drive it from Charlotte, N.C., back to our headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Here’s how it went…

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The Future of Driving, Right in Our Parking Lot

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid was one of cars on display at our office on Sept. 18. Photo: It's Relevant

The first step to getting people to switch to alternative-fuel vehicles is to get them behind the wheel of one. That was the idea behind our “Cars and Cocktails” event last week in Stamford, where we assembled something for everyone—from super-affordable electric cars to a top-of-the line Tesla—all in one parking lot.

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Alt Fuels: One More Reason to Love Our National Parks

Glacier National Park has offered biodiesel shuttles since 2007

Glacier National Park. Photo: GlacierNPS via Flickr

The naturalist John Muir once wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” That may explain why more than 270 million visitors flocked to U.S. National Parks in 2013. All those people mean plenty of cars, though, so the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program is working to protect our parks from pollution by finding ways to support and promote clean and alternative fuel usage within their boundaries.

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Clean Car News: Tesla, Fuel Cells and…Tomatoes?

Tesla

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It was an exciting week in alternative fuel news. Here are some automotive headlines that sparked our interest.

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5 Alt-Fuel Vehicles We Liked at the New York Auto Show (video)

5 Alt-Fuel Vehicles We Liked at the 2014 New York Auto International Auto Show

Last week, the Sustainable America staff took a field trip to the 2014 New York International Auto Show to check out the latest in alternative-fuel vehicles. From concept vehicles that defy categorization to practical, road-ready cars with ever-improving gas mileage, we were excited to see the range of innovations at work in the auto industry. Check out our video recap of what caught our eye at the show.

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Nick Tiller Calls for Gas Conservation on CNBC

Sustainable America Founder Nick Tiller on CNBC

Part of our mission is to educate the public about food and fuel issues, and our founder, Nick Tiller, had a great opportunity to do just that recently. He was a guest on CNBC’s mid-day show Fast Money: Halftime Report, where he explained how his background as a financial analyst and portfolio manager in the energy and food sectors led him to start a nonprofit organization.

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9 Reasons to Get Excited About Cars in 2014

Ford’s C-MAX Solar Energi Concept Car

Ford’s C-MAX Solar Energi Concept Car could reduce a driver's annual greenhouse gas emissions by four metric tons.

With the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a wrap and the North American International Auto Show underway now, there has been a flurry of automobile news so far this year. While there were few truly groundbreaking announcements for alternative-fuel vehicles, there is plenty of good news to report. Thanks to increased fuel economy regulations, carmakers are continuing to tweak their cars to deliver more fuel economy at all levels of the market. While many innovations are ready to hit the roads, others are still aspirational ideas for the future. Here are nine reasons we’re excited about 2014’s new crop of cars and trucks.

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Fuel From Landfill Methane Hits The Market

Clean Energy Fuel releases Redeem, a truly renewable natural gas fuel made from landfill methane gas, to be sold at 40 filling stations across California.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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