Did you know it was mid-2012 when I realized our area needed a local support entity with informationdave johnson on alternative fuel vehicles? And thanks to a similar belief from Kelly Gilbert and Kay Johnson, Central Kansas Clean Cities was born in January of 2014. This would prove to be an amazing chapter for my desk!

Now initially, I thought it would be fairly straight forward and somewhat easy, but Kelly was right, it was not as easy as I saw it. Fortunately, along the way, I received some tremendous help from some wonderful people! Each of our current and founding board members extended themselves and joined our good fight. I would like to thank Dennis Brown, Tim Hess, Alan Martin, Mike Coburn, Abby Brungardt, Brian Meiers, Kay Johnson, Dennis Hupe, John Schlegel, Steve VanderGriend, and Kim Hynes-Trinchet. Your support has and continues to be the life blood of the coalition.

But we are not done yet! We are just a stone’s throw away from submitting our request for designation package to the DOE! Not to mention all the education, events, and resource services still needing to be tended to! Thankfully we picked up Shawn Schmidt this past October through the WSU intern program. During our time together, Shawn demonstrated professionalism, responsibility, and interpersonal skills to be envied! Shawn recently graduated with his BBA from WSU and when combined with his uncommon qualities, it’s with great excitement for the future of our Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition I announce that Shawn has agreed to replace me and pick up the now full-time Program Coordinator position. I am sure in a short amount of time you will see how very advantageous this will be for the organization. Please help me welcome Shawn to our family! He can be reached at 316-712-5051 or at Shawn@metroenergy.org.

As for me, besides being front line support for the coalition, there’s a little known tech company called Rental Geek. It’s a small three-man operation that has been working to digitalize the college town apartment rental process, and by Jove, I think we’ve done it. You can pick up and follow our story on social media. So this will be my last entry into this chapter of Dave’s Desk.

Viva AFV’s!

Dave Johnson

Rachel MacNair, Homeowner

Jim Rice, community development consultant.

Twana-Hall Scott speaks about Project Living Proof from a real estate professional’s point of view.

Lisa Hummel talks about how her Project Living Proof tour helped shape the decisions she and her husband made in their own home.

Steven Carter, Vice-President, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc writes a letter regarding the decision to halt production of the Honda Civic Natural Gas.

Read the Letter about the Honda Civic Natural Gas program

The Fuels Fix is a collaborative effort of all the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program coalitions in the United States working together to spread the word about actions that are taking place to reduce oil dependence, improve air quality and get advanced fuels, vehicle and vehicle technologies in use.
Fuels Fix is an online publication of Clean Cities Coalitions and alternative fuel news. The Ezine is a quarterly collection of stories from all over the U.S. about alternative fuels, hybrids, conservation and efficiency initiatives, emissions reducing technologies, and similar news from the coordinators themselves.

Read the Magazine

Membership with Metropolitan Energy Center through The Energy Network puts you at the heart of the green energy economy in America’s heartland. Whether the goal is improving home energy efficiency, deploying clean and domestic fuels for transportation and energy generation, or helping businesses green the bottom line, your financial support helps our programs cut foreign oil dependency, clean our air, and spark local economic vitality.

A variety of initiatives by MEC and The Energy Network – including our Clean Cities coalitions – produce a wide array of benefits, including technical assistance and funding for fleets and homeowners, sales and networking for vendors, and encompasses all of the below.

* Networking – MEC members and stakeholders encounter a cross-section of hundreds of experts on energy, design, transportation and sustainability from across the region and around the country.

* Education – Webinars, conferences and seminars throughout the year put you and your team in touch with the latest developments in the full spectrum of fuels, technology and policy.

* Branding – If your firm or organization is identified with MEC, it is associated with one of the oldest and most experienced energy non-profits in Kansas City and is recognized as a supporter of clean, green energy solutions.

* Publicity – MEC promotes your organization’s achievements through traditional and social media.

* Answers – Our members, presenters and stakeholders are in the field, the shop and the design studio every day, creating and deploying new ideas and new business concepts – and the questions they can answer may well be yours.

* Leverage – Whether it’s policy, procurement or planning, the years of experience we and our members have is at your service. Further, our resources are your resources, such as our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program.

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On April 18, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) elected its New Board Members for 2015. Our new Board members bring a wealth of talents, insight and life experience to our organization and we are grateful for their time and interest in our work!


Our Officers for 2015 are:

Luke Hagedorn, Polsinelli Law Firm

Vice Presidents 
Bob Berkebile, BNIM
Elizabeth Bejan, ReVolve KC
Chris DeVolder, HOK (former Board President)

Steve Kidwell, Eagle Materials

Bob Solger, Solar Design Studio


The following individuals have stepped down from the MEC Board in the past six months:  John Sommers, Henderson Engineers; Dennis Brown, Kansas Gas Service; and Gunnar Hand, BNIM.  We want to recognize and thank them for their contributions!

One of our longest serving Board members, John Sommers helped lead the organization through the transition between Executive Directors as well as many funding and program changes.  John served as Board Secretary in 2013 and 2014.

While Dennis Brown has stepped down from the MEC Board, he and Kansas Gas Service remain active partners with MEC on a variety of projects and Dennis continues to participate in the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition.

Gunnar Hand resigned from the MEC Board in the past month as part of accepting a job with an architecture and design firm in Los Angeles.  We wish Gunnar the best of luck and good fortune in this next stage of his career!


We are also pleased to welcome the following members to the MEC Board:

Gaylen Davenport, Worldwide Energy

Twana Hall-Scott, Scott Hall and Associates

Anne Melia, Blackstone Environmental Group

Kevin Pinkowski, BHC Rhodes

Gerald Shechter, City of Kansas City, MO

As a stakeholder with the KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition, your participation in our Annual Report is very important. The survey will collect information about the progress your organization made in 2014 with alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles and other clean transportation initiatives. We are collecting this data to analyze our region’s trends and successes in adopting clean transportation policies and alternative fuels.

In addition to KC Regional Clean Cities using the compiled data to better serve your needs locally, the information from coalitions nationwide are compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and conveyed anonymously in the aggregate to the U.S. Government—to members of Congress, the administration, and DOE staff. This data is crucial because the federal government uses it for the following:

• Justification of DOE Vehicle Technologies / Clean Cities program funding
• Justification of Clean Cities grant funding
• Strategic resource investment for Clean Cities and technical assistance
• Media releases and news stories in the national and local markets

Completed surveys are due to angela@metroenergy.org on February 20, 2015. If you are not able to aggregate the information necessary for this survey, please forward this email onto the appropriate person in your organization and cc me on your email.

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