Webinars and Presentations
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
- How the Volkswagen Settlement Could Impact Regions
After it was determined that Volkswagen (VW) had intentionally violated emissions controls, VW has agreed to settle by spending up to $14.7 billion to remediate the excess NOx emissions. A majority of this money is going to vehicle buyback and modification programs ($10.03 billion) for affected consumers — but $2.7 billion of this settlement money is going towards NOx reduction programs via the Environmental Mitigation Trust with an additional $2 billion going towards ZEV programs around the country. Ben Prochazka from the Electrification Coalition provides an overview that includes general information about the current status of the consent decree (as of 11/2016), the anticipated timeline, and how this funding can be used to accelerate vehicle electrification.
- Clean Cities: Tools and Resources to Support Alternative Fuel Deployment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program supports local actions to cut petroleum use in transportation through nearly 100 local coalitions around the country, some of which are housed in regional councils. The program maintains a variety of unbiased, informational resources and interactive, data-driven online tools that fleets and consumers can use to learn about ways to lower emissions, save money, and use less petroleum. This set of tools allows users to calculate a fleet’s footprint, including economics, greenhouse gas emissions, and petroleum use; compare alternative fuel vehicles and technologies; locate alternative fueling stations; identify relevant incentives and laws; find case studies on how public and private fleets are using alternative fuels; identify and track trends in alternative fuel deployment; get answers to technical questions; and much more. In this webinar, we will learn about Clean Cities and its initiatives, take an in-depth look at some of these tools, and hear how your organization and your stakeholders can benefit from using them.
2016 Presidential Election
- 2016 Election Outcomes and Impact
During this webinar, NARC provided an in-depth analysis of the 2016 election results and examined what regions can expect in the near future. The webinar focused on the post-election lame-duck period and potential policy changes during the first 100 days of the new administration on issues such as infrastructure and economic development. In addition, NARC staff briefly discussed key leadership and congressional committee changes, President-elect Trump’s cabinet choices, the presidential transition, and House and Senate election outcomes.
- Cooperative Purchasing and Shared Services: Information to Guide Local & Regional Interest and Implementation (October 2012). Responding to increasing member requests and activities in the areas of cooperative purchasing and shared services in addition to reductions in federal, state and local government funding, NARC compiled the following information highlighting the benefits and successful examples of, as well as steps to achieve these programs through regional planning organizations. Please use this information to educate local elected and appointed Board members, staff, stakeholders and citizens. Click HERE to access the PowerPoint created by NARC.
- Understanding Sequestration and Its Impact on Local Governments and Implementation (October 2012). Since 2011, NARC has been providing detailed, user-friendly information on the national debt, budget cuts and related issues. To continue this effort, we welcome you to use this federal budget sequestration PowerPoint to educate local elected and appointed Board members, staff, stakeholders and citizens involved in the regional planning process on what sequestration is, what its predicted effects are and what is happening in DC. Stay tuned as NARC will continue to push additional information on this topic. Click HERE to access the PowerPoint created by NARC.
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