WE ACT Promotes Clean Air through Alternative
Fuels Partnerships in Northern Manhattan

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Friday, May 4, 2001
City College of New York (CCNY)
9:00AM - 1:00PM

In partnership with the Department of Energy's project called Clean Cities, WE ACT is working to promote the use of cleaner exhaust technologies. Alternative fuels can be electricity, compressed natural gas, and others that pollute less than dirty, unhealthy diesel fuel. The goal of the project is to inform local business people and fleet managers as to the availability of cleaner products and to help those who own diesel fleets to access federal money available for conversion. This Spring, WE ACT will host an Alternative Fuels Workshop for Northern Manhattan.

The operations of cleaner vehicles in Northern Manhattan is important for the community because of the high rates of asthma and other pollution-related diseases. The alternative fuels project targets business owners who can create great community relations by cleaning up their vehicles. The local community also learns more about the need for alternative fuels and their benefits, and WE ACT creates solid partnerships with businesses that want to learn how to stop polluting.

If you know of a business that is a good candidate for conversion or a business that is parking trucks or buses in your neighborhood, or for more information on the alternative fuels project and the upcoming Alternative Fuels Workshop, please contact Sarah Massey at (212) 961-1000, ext. 304.

Please visit the Clean Cities website at http://www.ccities.doe.gov and the the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide at http://www.epa.gov/autoemissions/.


Alternative Fuel Vehicles Workshop for Northern Manhattan: Local Government, Businesses and Residents Partnering for a Healthier Community

Friday, May 4, 2001 at Steinman Hall at 140th and Convent Avenue, from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Why Clean Fuels Now?
Clean fuels help decrease air pollution and reduce health-related costs.
With unstable fuel prices, the cost of clean fuels is becoming competitive.
Clean fuels can help businesses meet federal pollution mandates.
Federal and State incentives now exist to enable conversion.
Clean fuel use can help prevent the region from losing federal transportation funding.

Thinking About a New Truck? Consider a Clean Fuel Vehicle
More than one third of the air pollution in our region is caused by motor vehicles. These pollutants degrade public health and quality of life, while adding to the costs of living and doing business in our communities. They also threaten our region with reduced federal funding assistance for transportation.

How can the overall problem of air pollution be addressed? There isn't any one solution. Rather, attempts must be made to bring technology, public policy and market incentives to the fore. We face a significant crossroads in the early part of the 21st Century. There are a growing number of technological options which, combined with diesel fuel price increases and state and federal incentives, make alternatives competitive.

We must begin to make our choices now. At the local level, community and business interests can now begin to work together to put the most effective clean fuel technology in place to reduce the impacts of emissions from vehicles of all sizes on the health and well being of residents and workers alike. In Northern Manhattan, a coalition of such interests has organized "Alternative Fuel Vehicles Workshop for Northern Manhattan: Local Government, Businesses and Residents Partnering for a Healthier Community" - a half-day forum which will bring together community organizations, businesses, public agencies, and elected officials to explore incentives for converting fleets to use clean fuels.

Join us at City College on May 4, 2001!


9:00 to 9:30 AM
Continental Breakfast courtesy of US Department of Energy

9:30 to 9:55 AM
Key Note Address
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields

9:00 to 10:45 AM
Alternative Fuels Overview
Hear what is currently going on regarding alternative fuels from a Federal, State, and Municipal perspective along with the various incentives that are available.

11:00 to 11:25 AM
Fuel Providers
Fuel Providers explain which fuels are available and how they may be obtained.

11:30 to 12:30 PM
Vehicle Manufactures
Vehicle Manufacturers will explain what vehicles are currently available and Engine Manufacturers will explain what engine are available for various large chassis.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Vehicle Viewing & Networking **
Manufacturers and presenters will be available throughout the display area to answer questions, especially about cost and maintenance. Vehicles will be available for viewing onsite throughout the day.

** Lunch courtesy of Con Edison

For More Information Call:
Sarah E. Massey, WE ACT (212) 961-1000, ext. 304

To Fax: Dial (212) 961-1015
E-Mail: Sarah@weact.org


West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT)
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields
Con Edison
United States Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Manhattan Community Board 9
Manhattan Community Board 10
Manhattan Community Board 11
Manhattan Community Board 12
Environmental Business Association of New York State, Inc.
City Councilman Stanley Michels
City Councilman Bill Perkins
City Councilman Philip Reed
125th Street Business Improvement District

Additional Support

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council

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