The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) unites Clean Cities Coalitions across the country with students interested in changing the future of on-road transportation. CCUWDP was born out of a partnership between Clean Cities and Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs), and both have worked together on many initiatives focused on mutual goals. CCUWDP has been a pathway to success and careers in sustainability for the students who have been participants.
Recently, a CCUWDP student was awarded for his contribution to sustainability in the Colorado area. Robert Morrison, intern at the Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition, was awarded the 2013 Colorado Mountain College Clean Energy Innovation Student Award for his contribution to sustainability in the Colorado area.
Robert plans on a career in sustainability, and has been preparing for this through the CCUWDP program while working with alternative fuel vehicles at Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition. One of Rob’s recent achievements there was organizing a National Plug-In Day event held in Carbondale, CO in September.
For the Denver Clean Cities Coalition, interns have helped them prepare plans to increase electric vehicle infrastructure in the area. The Colorado Electric Vehicle and Charging Infrastructure Readiness Plan, released in December 2012, was an instrumental piece of the Fostering Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies grant. Two CCUWDP interns, Tyler Svitak and Kevin Szewc, assisted with this grant by managing membership databases, organizing meetings, preparing materials for sessions, writing and reviewing website content, conducting education and outreach, and working with the media. Tyler Svitak went on to become the Energy Coordinator for the Coalition after his internship.
Michelle McCutcheon-Schour was a former CCWUDP intern for the State of Vermont Clean Cities Coalition in 2011. During her time at the Coalition as an intern, Michelle worked on a wide variety of projects, including developing a video about on-farm bio-diesel production and assisting with fleet manager meetings throughout the state. Thanks to the experience she received through CCUWDP, Michelle was later appointed Coordinator for the Coalition in July 2013 and now leads their vehicle electrification projects and workforce development initiatives.
Congratulations to all of the CCUWDP students on their achievements in the past year, and stay tuned for more highlights of Clean Cities successes through EcoCAR 2!