Press Release: Department of Energy Awards The Forest Foundation and Triangle Clean Cities Coalition over $12 million in Green Jobs Funding

This entry was posted Friday, 30 July, 2010 at 12:20 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               Contact: Marc Dreyfors

Department of Energy Awards The Forest Foundation and Triangle Clean Cities Coalition over $12 million in Green Jobs Funding

The Forest Foundation, Carolina Biofuels and Greenway Transit, in collaboration with Triangle J. Council of Governments, received close to $300,000 in funding for alternative fuel infrastructure, green transportation and green jobs initiatives here in the Triangle.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA (June 29, 2010)—The Forest Foundation (TFF), Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit based in east Durham has been awarded funding from the Department of Energy (See USDOE). as a part of the Carolinas Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative grant (See Triangle Council of Governments, TJCOG) Through it’s subcontractor, Carolina Biofuels and others, TFF will assist in improving the infrastructure for alternative fuel at seven sites within Triangle, four of which are retail pumps a part of the B100 Community Trail.

The Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative is one of 23 national projects selected for the National Clean Cities Act by the US Department of Energy. Funding will introduce energy efficient vehicles, new infrastructure, and green job training in an effort to reduce the country’s reliance on petroleum. The Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative along with the Forest Foundation will focus on increasing energy security and reducing pollution within the Carolinas. The goal is to promote technological innovation in North and South Carolina, using a 1 to 1 matching grant system.

The Carolinas Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative will improve and establish fueling stations for hybrid, electric, compressed natural gas, biodiesel fuels, and propane E85 infrastructure as well as help purchase alternative vehicles. The effects of this financial award will make over 9,000 alternative fuel vehicles available in addition to the construction of 542 alternative fuel stations. It is expected that 132 electric recharging stations will be built in total, along with 45 E85, B20 and B100 pump stations.

In addition to fueling infrastructure, the project will introduce 563 new vehicles to the Carolinas which are more fuel efficient and will increase the availability of green transportation options. The 563 vehicles will consist of 363 propane vehicles, 89 hybrid electric vehicles, 55 compressed natural gas vehicles, and 56 neighborhood electric vehicles.  The Department of Energy predicts that the combination of fueling infrastructure and the new vehicles could offset the use of 724,000 gallons of petroleum yearly, and is expected to create over 300 jobs directly.

Marc Dreyfors, the President of nonprofit organization, The Forest Foundation, is one of many governments, environmental organizations and companies who will be participating in the The Carolinas Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative as a part of the Department of Energy’s.

“We are excited about this grant and hope it will get us back on track to making a significant contribution to the area’s greening initiatives.  We hope this funding will leverage additional capital,” stated Mr. Dreyfors, “as this is a good start to shifting the paradigm away from dirty energy.”

Additional matching investment and grants will help with green job training and alternative fuel production and distribution infrastructure.  TFF and it’s partners have been working with the City of Durham’s Sustainability Office, Office of Workforce Development and Durham Tech.’s Brownfield’s Program, Durham Economic Resource Center (DERC) and the Green Oil and Light (GOAL) partners at its site in East Durham.

GOAL Partners include: Shimar Recycling, Truckin’ Movers, Godar’s Garage, Omar’s Garage, Orange Recycling and Bull City Biodiesel Cooperative. “Our dream is to create local, decentralized, closed loop, community-based, sustainable energy systems, that train and help businesses grow within this new green economy,” says Mr. Dreyfors.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release contact Marc Dreyfors at info@theforesfoundation.org or visit www.TheForestFoundation.org.

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