The Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) is a voluntary, locally-based government-industry partnership whose goal is to expand the use of alternative fuels. This is accomplished by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and developing local alternative fuel refueling infrastructure. Active membership is the heart of the C5 coalition, with members from local schools & universities, fuel and vehicle providers, local government, and the general public. With the help of these stakeholders, the program is enabled to strive to accomplish its goals. In addition, with the support of the SLO Air Pollution Control District, C5 has made great strides with the promotion of alternative fuels on the Central Coast.
C5's Goals As an officially designated Clean City, C5 strives to obtain the following:
- Increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and expand the alternative fuel infrastructure in SLO County; improve the clean fuel corridors between Los Angeles, San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley
- Identify local fleets and educate fleet managers/purchasers of the federal and state mandates regarding AFV requirements (i.e., identify total fleets in SLO County, identify fleets required to meet EPAct requirements, support the development of fleet compliance plans)
- Promote AFV maintenance and technician training programs and provide listing of training sites and dates
- Secure grants to promote AFVs and alternative fuel infrastructure throughout SLO County
- Promote AFV benefits and awareness to public and private sectors alike
A Nationwide Program
The National Clean Cities Program was established as a way to direct federal energy funding into projects and programs that would create, maintain and increase AFV use throughout the United States. Representing a nation continually striving for energy independence, the Department of Energy created the Clean Cities Program as a means to educate the public and private sectors of the benefits that alternative fuels can offer.