25 years ago in response to the Energy Policy Act, the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition originated in downtown Philadelphia. In the early years of the program, the coalition strived to help the city of Philadelphia, other local municipalities and utilities with their conversion to alternatives to gasoline and diesel for their vehicles. The coalition was housed within the mayor’s office and began to build a reputation as a resource concerning alternative fuels, vehicles and technologies within the region.
The coalition was designated to cover 5 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and was well served bringing resources to the region. One of our earliest success stories is helping Lower Merion School District with their foray into converting some of their school buses to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) over 17 years ago. Today they have over sixty buses running on CNG. The Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program has served the Delaware Valley for 20 years, adding major national fleets with the likes of AAA, Aramark and United Parcel Service as stakeholders; and projects to the region such as: The E-85 Corridor Project; Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, First in State and The Montgomery County CNG Conversion Initiative. Our diverse portfolio of alternative fuel projects and educational workshops has made us one of the premier organizations to work with in and around our area.
Today, we have a new re-designated territory, adding an additional 29 counties of central and eastern Pennsylvania to our coverage territory. Our expansion is indicative of the growing interest in alternative fuels and vehicles within our territory. To better serve our newly designated territory, we have changed our name and we work closely with our office of Department of Environmental Protection. This office helps deploy alternative fuel vehicles and projects around the Commonwealth.
We continue to help foster petroleum reduction; environmental stewardship; economic development and energy security in central and eastern Pennsylvania. We are poised to help fleets of all types with their transition to alternative fuels, and keep us “Driving Together, Toward a Green Tomorrow.”
In 1997, GPCC was organized as an IRS Section 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit corporation. Donations, contributions and dues are tax deductible as permitted by law.
For a complete list of stakeholders, click here.
For more information on the national Clean Cities program, visit the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities website.