This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

April 22, 2003

New York City Joins DOE's Clean Cities Program on Earth Day

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the occasion of Earth Day 2003 on April 22nd by designating the New York City Clean Cities Coalition as the newest member of DOE's Clean Cities Program. New York City uses alternative fuels in a number of buses, garbage trucks, and light-duty vehicles, and 200 natural-gas taxis operate in the city. DOE coordinates the Clean Cities Program, a locally based voluntary partnership of government and industry. Program partners help deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting alternative fuel infrastructure. See the DOE press release and the Clean Cities Program Web site.

Although the official Earth Day 2003 theme, "Water for Life," seems far afield from energy issues, water conservation also helps to save energy. Energy is used to pump, purify, and heat water, so any action to save water (especially hot water) will also save energy. To learn more about the Water for Life campaign and its connection to energy efficiency, see the Earth Day Network Web site and the related press release from the Alliance to Save Energy.