Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition
The mission of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition (TC4) is to reduce the impact of fuel and vehicle emissions on our environment and health. TC4 believes the effort begins with influencing consumer choice. We seek to raise consumer and fleet understanding of new technologies and products that are significantly better for our air quality. TC4 believes a majority of consumers and fleet drivers, when properly informed and presented with affordable options will make a Clean Air Choice®.
TC4 assists industry partners in raising consumer awareness of Clean Air Choices because we believe industry, when realizing the advantage in "doing the right thing," will be motivated to supply continuously improved clean air products. Building the TC4 as one of the 90-plus Clean Cities is an important step in continuing the efforts of Clean Cities as a voluntary program aimed at increasing the use of cleaner alternative motor fuels, such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, natural gas, propane, and others.
TC4 works to improve air quality, support economic development and curb dependence on overseas oil imports by increasing use of new cleaner fuels.
Designated May 31, 2001 and renewed September 2007, by the U.S. Department of Energy, the roots of TC4 and Minnesota's alternative fuels movement date back to the oil shocks of the 1970s. TC4 is coordinated by the American Lung Association in Minnesota's Clean Fuel and Vehicle Technologies program, with support of stakeholders including fuel and equipment providers, fleet managers, technical experts, non-profits, automakers and private citizens.
Transportation is the life-blood of our economy and essential to our daily lives. Unfortunately, our dependence on traditional fuels has endangered our health, economy, environment and national security. Increased public transit services and other transportation options are needed. However, in Minnesota, most businesses, governments, and consumers continue to rely heavily on individual vehicles.
What can we do? Vehicles that run on cleaner, American-made alternatives to traditional gasoline and diesel are one solution.
Coordinator: Lisa Thurstin - American Lung Association in Minnesota