Colorado Communities Join Forces with Drive Clean Colorado

June 7, 2022

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June 6, 2022

Contact:Amber King, Drive Clean Coloradoamber@drivecleanco.org | 785-543-7082

Colorado Communities Join Forces with Drive Clean Colorado

The partnerships reflect communities’ growing interest in alternative fuel transportation options

[DENVER, CO] – Drive Clean Colorado announced today that four community organizations have joined DCC’s mission as Community Partners: City of Colorado Springs, City of Lafayette, City of Lakewood and Denver Water. These sponsorships reflect the increased opportunities for communities to partner to advance Drive Clean Colorado’s mission of equitable clean transportation and efficient mobility choices with the goal of reducing greenhouse gases for cleaner, healthier air in Colorado.

Drive Clean Colorado Community Partners gain access to alternative fuel transportation resources such as event hosting, like electric vehicle Ride and Drives for community members, and facilitated connections with other stakeholders to share best practices in alternative fuel technology adoption.  DCC also provides coaching services for clean fleet and infrastructure deployment, fuel transition education and grant application coaching.

“Partnerships with communities throughout the state are a critical step in speeding up the transition to cleaner fuel transportation, from fleets to public transportation to individuals’ vehicles,” said Bonnie Trowbridge, Executive Director of Drive Clean Colorado. “We can work together to increase adoption of alternative fuels by providing education, support and connection to show how it is possible to make Colorado’s air cleaner and healthier for all. ”

“As we look to the future, alternative fuel transportation will be a major part of our community,” said Carlos Tamayo, Manager for the Office of Innovation of the City of Colorado Springs. “The partnerships forged by Drive Clean Colorado that bring together utilities, technologies, manufacturers, peer networks and foster community engagement are vital elements that will help our City be prepared for, and lead the charge to, that future.”

“The City of Lafayette is thrilled to be a Community Partner with Drive Clean Colorado,” said Elizabeth Szorad, Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Lafayette. “Transitioning to an alternative fuels fleet, electric vehicle infrastructure, and navigating grant opportunities is challenging. Having DCC as a resource to assist us with these processes is invaluable.”

“Being a Community Partner with Drive Clean Colorado has already brought immense benefits. DCC helped us host an Electric Transportation Hub at Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration and coordinated an EV showcase and EV Ride and Drive event where over 100 residents were able to test drive electric vehicles,” said Jonathan Wachtel, Sustainability Manager for the City of Lakewood. “That opportunity can help change the types of vehicles Lakewood residents drive and make an impact on the quality of Lakewood’s air.”

“Connecting with Drive Clean Colorado is an excellent way to bring in the knowledge and support we need to be able to take our fleets into the next era of transportation”, said Kate Taft, Sustainability Manager for Denver Water.  “Partnering with Drive Clean Colorado is helping put ideas into action and move our organization toward cleaner fuel vehicles.

“Drive Electric Colorado welcomes the City of Colorado Springs, City of Lafayette, City of Lakewood and Denver Water as Drive Clean Colorado sponsors.  We applaud these organizations’ commitment to supporting alternative transportation choices as their leadership is a key component in moving toward a future with reduced emissions,” said Julia Davila, Communications and Engagement Manager at Drive Clean Colorado.

Organizations interested in becoming a sponsor of Drive Clean Colorado can learn more by contacting Gabriella Perkins at gabriella@drivecleanco.org.

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