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East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition

The East Tennessee Clean Fuels coalition works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to reduce petroleum use in transportation.
East Tennessee Clean Fuels coalition

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Jonathan Overly
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Clean Cities Coordinator

Jonathan Overly
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Jonathan Overly founded the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) in 2002 and has managed it since its inception. He has spoken to thousands of people across east Tennessee including over 100 companies and organizations about partnering to expand alternative fuel use in the area. Many government and industry fleets are coalition members. Although biodiesel was an early lead fuel for the coalition, more recently the coalition has expanded activities to focus more on all of the alternatives, and has projects underway that are focused on expanding the use of CNG, propane, biodiesel, E85, TSE (truck stop electrification), and full-size light-duty electric vehicles.

ETCleanFuels chose in to put a major focus on K-12 schools in 2005, and since has seen its annual student reach grow from 700 students in 2006-2007 to almost 5,000 in 2009-2010. The presentations are typically PowerPoint-based for middle and high schools but changes to more hands-on work for 1st through 5th grades. The coalition has developed such tools as "Clean Fuels Jeopardy" and "The Oil Timeline" to help draw kids into the learning process. Clean Fuels Jeopardy is a Jeopardy-style game setup in PowerPoint (complete with Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy) and allows the class to be split into 3 teams that compete for a prize.

Overly serves on the National Clean Cities Coordinators Council as a co-chair and manages the Networking/Branding Team. The team serves to help coordinators and coalitions learn about and use social media tools, and move to using a Wiki for managing information that we all share. The branding work seeks to expand the Clean Cities brand by getting coalitions to assist in the overall marketing effort for the entire program.

In 2004, under his leadership, the ETCFC succeeded in becoming a designated participant in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program. Overly has a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee. At the 2006 Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference he was named the Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year.

East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
311 Conference Center Bldg
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134

East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition Success Stories

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East Tennessee Clean Fuels coalition Statistics
Population: 2,380,161
Area: 13,971 sq. mi.
Boundaries: Counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington
Designated: October 12, 2004   
Alternative Fueling Stations:
   Biodiesel (B20 and above): 19
   Natural Gas: 8
   Ethanol (E85): 27
   Electric: 344
   Propane: 38
Petroleum and GHG Savings*
Total Gallons
Total GHG
by AFV
by AFV
Annual petroleum savings: 5,512,337 gasoline gallon equivalents
See the Gallons by AFV tab for a breakdown of AFV-based petroleum savings.
Annual greenhouse gas emissions avoided: 44,448 tons of CO2
See the GHG by AFV tab for a breakdown of AFV-based greenhouse gas savings.
Annual petroleum savings by alternative fuel vehicle project type: 5,431,319 gasoline gallon equivalents
Greenhouse gas emission reduced by alternative fuel vehicle project type: 43,533 tons of CO2
*2013 metrics