New Clean Cities Tools to Help Improve Our Communities


By utilizing Argonne Laboratories Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool, stakeholders can estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by using simple spreadsheet inputs. The tool uses data from Argonne's Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model to generate necessary well-to-wheels petroleum use and GHG emission coefficients for key fuel production pathways and vehicle types. In addition, Environmental Protection Agency’s MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) and certification data are used to estimate tailpipe air pollutant emissions. Various sources are used to provide default cost data, including the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards.

In addition, IdleBox now contains a PowerPoint presentation geared to general audiences.  One Easy Habit To Help You “Go Green”:  Reducing Personal-Vehicle Idlingpresentation will help you get informed about the value of reducing personal-vehicle idling. You will learn about:

•        Idling myths and habits

•        The real impacts of idling

•        The 10-second guidance

•        Opportunities to reduce idling

Sandra Philpott