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Welcome from Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities!

Published on January 28, 2009 by in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome! Here’s some information on what Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) is and what we’re working to accomplish.

PRCC is a nonprofit membership organization designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.
  2. Serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development and grant writing and management of federal and state-funded projects.
  3. Serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program initiatives, including project funding.
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You’re Invited to Attend Our 2014 Odyssey Day

Published on August 13, 2014 by in featured

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, a program of West Virginia University funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), convenes every two years for Odyssey Day, a nationwide event to help educate fleet managers, municipalities, corporations, and others about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and the important role these vehicles play in providing solutions to our nation’s growing energy security and environmental issues.

Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is hosts their Odyssey Day every year in October and this years’ event will again be held at the West Hills Center of the Community College of Allegheny College on October 17, 2014 and we would like to invite you to attend.  Alternative fueled vehicles will be on display, and experts will be on hand that can answer any questions you might have.  Representatives from user organizations will be making presentations starting at 9:30 AM.


Our Theme is: “A Pathway to Energy Independence”


This years’ agenda will have breakout Sessions on:


Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Vehicle Conversions

Hear from Original Equipment Manufacturers as what new light duty vehicles are or will be available in the coming years Class 1-8 . Determine the best alternative fuel solution for your vehicles. A well rounded educational session on the various fuels and technologies that are available for today’s fleets private and public. What does the future hold in store for us ?


School Bus/School Districts/Shuttles/Taxi’s

Come and listen to different school bus companies, taxi companies and shuttle operators talk about their use of alternative fuels.


General Session (Infrastructure, Funding and Training etc)

Listen to vendors who sell and install all types of alternative fuel infrastructure from small home units to commercial refueling stations. Speakers will discuss what Federal, State Funding Programs are available as well as some other funding options that fleet managers and companies could consider for alternative fueled vehicles, as well as upcoming training opportunities.


Local Governments and Municipalities

Local Governments and municipalities talk about their use and/or planned use of alternative fuels and what was considered before they made the decision be use them.


First Responders

Come and listen to First Responders that are using alternative fuels in their vehicles and some of the things that they must be knowledgeable about.


Fuel Providers

Speakers will talk about what strategy they use in supplying fuel to projects and what should be considered.


Heavy Duty Vehicles

NEW” Heavy Duty Vehicles. Class 6-8 . An overview of New OEM vehicles that are currently available and future products. A must see for the municipal and private sector fleets.


Alternative Fuel at Well Sites

Presenters will talk about what their companies are doing to use alternative fuels at wells sites as well as to and from those locations.


To register click HERE

Vendors are welcome to register HERE


(Free to PRCC Members) $200.00 for Non Members

Sponsorships Available:

Breakfast ($500.00) (Logo on Program and Brief Morning Speech)

Lunch (Three each at $500.00 or one at $1500.00) (Logo on Program and Afternoon Speech)

Ice Cream: $200.00 (logo on Program and Recognition at announcement)

Drawings (Four each at $100.00, two at $200.00 or one at $400.00) Logo on Program and Recognition at Drawing.

To sign-up for sponsorship click here


For more information contact Rick Price at or 412-735-4114

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Upcoming CCAC ATV Training Courses

CCAC will be offering the following training courses this fall:

Light Duty CNG Vehicles

ATE-115-WH85 Tuesday/Thursday Evenings 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Sept. 9-18, 2014

Intro to Hybrid Electric Vehicles

ATE-136-WH85 Tuesday/Thursday Evenings 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sept. 16-25, 2014

CNG Fuel System Inspector

ATE-601-WH85 Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm—10:30 pm
Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2014

Servicing Hybrid Electric Vehicles

ATE-137-WH85 Tuesday/Thursday Evenings 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sept. 30—Oct. 9, 2014

Light Duty CNG Vehicles

ATE-115-WH59 Saturday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Oct. 25 – Nov. 1, 2014

CNG Fuel System Inspector

ATE-601-WH31 Monday/Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Nov. 3 – Nov. 4, 2014

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Come Join PRCC at Odyssey Day 2014

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Odyssey Day is a yearly, outreach and education event dedicated to promoting the use of AFVs and advanced technology vehicles. The 5th annual Odyssey 2014 will be held on October 17th, 2014 at CCAC – West Hills Center.


Odyssey Day offers unique activities designed to educate attendees about cleaner transportation technologies. Examples of such activities include:

  • ride-and-drives
  • vehicle displays
  • demonstrations
  • panel discussions

Additionally, industry experts are on hand to answer questions, and educational seminars are featured to provide detailed information about viable alternative fuel options and how they apply to your organization.

Collaborative Effort – Networking Opportunities

Odyssey Day provides significant networking opportunities to all who participate in this well respected, cooperative event.

This extraordinary collaboration includes national and local sponsors and partners including a vast number of like-minded companies, organizations, groups, and individuals.


The continued education made available through Odyssey Day is crucial in order for consumers to make well informed and environmentally friendly choices in transportation. In the midst of regularly rising gas prices, increased public awareness is an essential step toward helping to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and improving our quality of air. Odyssey Day makes a positive impact by bringing up-to-date information to consumers about energy efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels that are viable options to consider when purchasing a vehicle.

Odyssey Day provides much needed support and recognition to the manufacturers that make AFVs and advanced technology vehicles available for individuals everywhere.

Odyssey Day is a well defined endeavor that brings together industry experts and fosters ideas, research, and education in the alternative fuel and advanced technology fields.

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Cal U to Launch Land Mgmt. programs

Students seeking to advance their careers in the burgeoning energy sector can register now for 100% online programs being launched this fall at California University of Pennsylvania.

Cal U Global Online offers two new programs in land management that will prepare students for employment as “landmen,” key players in oil and gas exploration:

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Land Man- agement emphasizes legal topics related to the oil and gas industry, oil- and gas-related land management, surface and sub-surface geology, and geographical information systems (GIS). Designed for students who hold an associate degree or have completed at least 40 college credits, the bachelor’s degree program may be completed in four to six semesters, depending on the number of credit- hours earned prior to admission.

    Students who enroll in the bachelor’s degree program may be eligible for the Joe Hardy Scholarship for Land Management Studies.

  • The Land Management Certificate is an accelerated program for students with at least a high school diploma. The 30-credit program, which can be completed in five semesters, emphasizes legal topics, oil-and gas-related land management, ge- ology, and geographical information systems (GIS).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Both land management programs at Cal U prepare students for challenging positions in the oil and gas industry, including staff or operations landman, support staff for an energy company or third-party contractor, property manager, leasing manager, or title abstractor. Employees in these positions may research land titles and resource rights, acquire temporary rights-of-way, and negotiate leases between landowners and energy companies.

An occupational analysis completed by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh identified real estate manager, or landman, as a “target job” for employment and salary growth through 2020. Nationally, employment within the oil and gas extraction industry is growing faster than the private sector as a whole, and jobs for qualified landmen typically command high salaries.

Information about Cal U’s new land management programs is available online at http:// “land management” into the search box. For details, call 724-938 -5958 or (toll-free) 866-595-6348; or e-mail

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FYDA Energy Solutions Increases Staff

“Bob Bodkins of FYDA Energy Solutions and his staff are very busy these days,” states Rick Price. “While we were out at FYDA for the CCAC up-fit I was able to talk with Bob for a while and get an update on what they have been doing. Bob stated they were upfitting over 30 CNG trash haulers that were going to Florida. In fact I saw some of them driving down I-79 the mid- dle of April,” Price said.

“There were vehicles there from the City of Colum- bus, McCandless Township Sanitary Authority, Char- lie Brown, Southwest EMS and others. I remember when Bob only had 3 guys working on alternative fuels, and now they have 11. The increase in upfittings shows that alternative fuels is on the increase – and we have only just started,” stated Price.

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Schools Using 200+ Propane Vehicles

By NGT News

Student Transportation of America Inc. (STA) has been awarded new contracts from the Hempfield School District and East Penn School District, both based in Pennsylvania, whereby STA will provide ser- vice via more than 200 propane autogas vehicles.

“This is a great new addition to our rapidly expanding alternative fuel program in Pennsylvania,” says Tim

Krise, regional vice president of STA. “While we were not the low-cost bid, we demonstrated in the RFP and selection process that, over the contract term, it was significantly a better value.”

Both contracts are five-year agreements with the option to renew for additional years, and they both include customer-paid fuel.

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PRCC and PA DEP Hold Workshops

The PA Department of Environmental Protection held workshops around western Pennsylvania to help provide information about its upcoming Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program which closed May 30, 2014. There were six workshop held, and PRCC attended four of them to help PA DEP spread the information. “We also let them know what PRCC and the Clean Cities were about and that we were here to assist them,” said Executive Director Rick Price.

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PRCC Holds EV/PHEV Parade

On July 21, 2014, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) held an EV/PHEV Parade to showcase the many different EV/PHEV vehicles available from au- tomotive manufacturers. “It was to also show case some of the local infrastructure that has been in- stalled in the area,” stated Rick Price, Executive Direc- tor of PRCC.

Attendees were able to ride and even drive some of the vehicles to demonstrate the similarity of these vehicles to their petroleum counterparts. The trip started at the Community College of Allegheny Coun- ty – West Hills Center, located in Oakdale, PA, where attendees were greeted by Mary Lou Kennedy, Presi- dent of the North Campus. The parade then proceed- ed to the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport

where new Level I chargers have been installed. The vehicles next travelled to FEDEX Ground, where they were greeted by FEDEX. PRCC then moved to the Mall at Robinson where representa- tives from Forrest City met the group to explain how their chargers receive power from a solar ar- ray on top of the entrance to the Food Court. Next, the group proceeded to the Settlers Ridge Giant Eagle where there are two free chargers for shop- pers to use.

The parade proceeded downtown to the Conven- tion Center where Angelica Ciranni greeted the group to show their two chargers that are in the Convention Center garage and in use seven days a week. Then the parade travelled to UPMC Mercy

Hospital, where the group was greeted by Allison Robinson who discussed the stations that UPMC has installed at almost all UPMC hospitals. Finally, the parade ended at the Eaton facility in Warrendale where the group was treated to lunch and had an overview of the Eaton facilities and their charging sta- tions.

Vehicles in the parade included the Vet Taxi Tesla, Baum Blvd Chevy Volt, Bobby Rahal BMWi3, Ford’s CMAX and Fusion Energi, GM’s Cadillac, and West Hills Nissan’s Leaf.

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