Natural Resources & Resilience

Clean air and clean water are important to maintaining regional quality of life and economic competitiveness. Centralina works with local governments to find opportunities for efficiency and sustainability measures, looking at how our transportation infrastructure and economic development choices impact air and water quality.

In addition to protecting natural resources, Centralina helps equip our local governments with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for and recover from natural disasters, economic hardships and other unforeseen events. Our goal is to create a sustainable and vibrant region filled with resilient communities.

OUR WORK

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition

Launched in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) works to foster economic, environmental and energy security by working locally to advance affordable domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Given the significant cost fleet fueling and vehicle operations can represent, the increasing expectations of city and county fleets to meet local climate and energy goals and the shift from fleet management to “mobility management” professionals, the CCFC is especially focused on ways to support local government fleet operations.

 CCFC is comprised of a diverse partnership of public and private stakeholders representing fleets and technology providers from across the region. The CCFC program promotes, accelerates and expands the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector, which includes biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas and propane. CCFC services include a comprehensive and alternative fuel/technology provider look at methods to reduce petroleum use. Typical strategies include:

  • Alternative and renewable fuels
  • Idle-reduction measures
  • Fuel economy improvements
  • Practice and policy changes
  • Emerging transportation technologies

Solid Waste and Recycling Managers Network

Centralina convenes quarterly meetings of the region’s municipal and county solid waste and recycling staff to discuss shared challenges, emerging technologies, new legislation and learn about each other’s projects and successes.

Lake Wylie Marine Commission Administration

Centralina staff provides administrative support and bookkeeping services for the Lake Wylie Marine Commission. The mission of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission is to promote public policies and support regulations for the preservation of Lake Wylie and its wildlife and for the education and safety of the citizens who use this beautiful natural resource.

E4 Carolinas Alternative Fuel Infrastructure for Storm Resilience Plan

The goal of this project is to develop and implement the Carolina Alternative Fuel Infrastructure for Storm Resilience plan. This plan addresses disaster preparedness, recovery planning and resiliency by increasing the use of alternative fuel vehicles for emergency response fleets. These fleets provide critical post-infrastructure disruption, cleanup, utility restoration and recovery operation services. Centralina is tasked with documenting alternative fuel suppliers, infrastructure and fleet, as well as the impact storms could have on fuel supplies and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure. We also seek to provide best practices for resilience and future recommendations.

Local Government Fleet Support

Transportation expenses are one of the biggest line items for any city or county. Many local governments are also passing climate and energy goals that require their operations to adopt new technologies, policies and procedures. However, governments do not always have the staff capacity to research best practices for sustainable fleet planning and operations or the time to invest in creating a comprehensive strategy.

Centralina has experience developing efficient fleets and working with the clean transportation sector to reduce service costs, strengthen local economies and improve local and regional air quality. Our staff can provide current research and resources, connect fleet managers with national peer leaders and experts and help them to implement the latest in fleet guidelines.

While every jurisdiction’s fleet is unique, there are commonalities that can be honed for optimal productivity. A typical fleet system review and analysis includes:

  • Organizational goals or targets
  • Fleet purpose and related duty cycles
  • Operation and management systems
  • Contracting and procurement
  • Fleet composition
  • Acquisition and disposal
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Fuel efficiency and tracking

Success Story

Environmental Quality:

Land Monitoring Program Ensures Land Conservation Quality for State of North Carolina

Since 2015, Centralina has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to help maintain and monitor a major portion of the NC Land Conservation tract inventory. We do this by periodic monitoring inspections of these conservation sites to prevent development, dumping, clearing and other unlawful activities that could negatively affect the land preservation, environmental quality and security. Centralina currently provides monitoring services for approximately 130 conservation sites, ranging in size from two acres to 562 acres, covering 47 counties (practically half the state of North Carolina).