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September 26, 2003

Lansing, Michigan, Joins DOE's Clean Cities Program

DOE designated the Greater Lansing Clean Cities Coalition as the newest member of its Clean Cities Program on September 26th. Earning such a designation from the program, which promotes the use of alternative fuels, is not a simple task: The Lansing, Michigan, group has been working for seven years to advance the use of alternative fuels in the area. After the City of Lansing partnered with St. Johns and other area communities and groups to form the coalition, DOE helped the coalition to build a market foundation for alternative fuel vehicles, form its own group of stakeholders, hold meetings, identify a coordinator, define goals, and develop an action plan to achieve those goals. The Clean Cities designation recognizes the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition as working to strengthen the nation's energy security, improve air quality and stimulate the local economy by creating new alternative fuel markets. See the DOE press release.

Clean Cities is a locally based, voluntary government and industry partnership, coordinated by DOE, which is designed to promote the use of alternative fuels. The program just launched the Web site for its next national conference, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in early May 2004. See the Clean Cities Program Web site and the Web site for the 10th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo.