Our mission is to promote and assist in measurable improvements in regional reductions in the use of petroleum-based fuels through a strong coalition of effective partnerships; increase the use of alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure; promote economic opportunities in clean energy technologies; and, encourage academically focused research on increased utilization of transportation energy efficiency options.
Our vision is to become nationally recognized as the leader in promoting best practices and achieving excellent results that support our mission. While initially focused solely on alternative fuels, Clean Cities expanded to include other relevant technologies. The five Clean Cities technologies are alternative fuels and vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, idle reduction technologies, fuel economy measures, and fuel blends. Clean Cities Coalitions determine which combinations of the five technologies will best help their cities and regions reduce petroleum consumption. The U.S. Department of Energy provides direction for coalitions by establishing goals that can be achieved within the framework of these five technologies. Coalitions use their local organizational skills and strategies to promote and implement these goals.
Succeeding the Clean Cities program previously hosted by the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, the GWRCCC was organized in October 2011 jointly by its current staff and board members to focus on programs and events in the nation’s capital metro area. Our service area is comprised of the District of Columbia, and the surrounding cities and counties of Maryland and Virginia. GWRCCC has initially enlisted over 40 stakeholders and partners from the private transportation sector, fleets, local governments, academic institutions, and environmental organizations which share its vision and mission.
Clean Cities Coordinators lead local, geographically-based, independently operated Clean Cities Coalitions composed of local fleets, fuel providers, and decision-makers that focus on a united goal: petroleum reduction.There are nearly 90 coalitions covering areas where 229 million U.S. citizens live—approximately 78% of the country’s total population. Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities and its stakeholders have displaced more than 2 billion gallons of petroleum. We enthusiastically look forward to providing the highest level of services possible and making a difference in the years to come.
Ira Dorfman, Executive Director and Coordinator of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, is an internationally recognized expert in energy policy, alternative fuels, environmental transportation policy and international project development. His distinguished career includes positions as Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; state government official; food industry trade association executive; and entrepreneur, establishing his own consulting firm, eMobility International.
Dorfman has represented a wide variety of organizations and worked extensively with corporate and municipal fleets in the United States to make them more environmentally conscious. He has collaborated with Anheuser-Busch on its environmental efforts in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, NY to increase its use of natural gas in its delivery truck fleet, and to install particulate traps and other emission controls on its older trucks. He was instrumental in bringing natural gas transit buses to Montgomery County, Maryland, both helping the County find funding sources for the project and working with them to identify available technologies.
Dorfman served as Chairman of the Washington, DC Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers; Chairman of the Energy Users Group, an ad hoc organization of Washington area food and agriculture organizations; and Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.
Diaka Sow, Program Analyst at the Greater Washington Clean Cities Coalition, is a graduate student at Georgetown University studying Urban & Regional Planning. Diaka joined the Coalition in September of 2016 as an intern and is in charge of managing several projects and developing recommendations to increase the performance of the Coalition.
Diaka has been working with non-profit organizations since graduating from Frostburg State University in 2014 where she acquired a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sustainability Studies. At the International Foundation of Electoral Systems, she worked in a fast environment, assisting election administrators in Haiti. In addition, she interned at two environmental departments in the United States ( Maryland ) and in Conakry ( Guinea ), where she gained experiences in promoting sustainable practices to preserve the environment.
Passionate about the environment, her move to the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition was a natural fit. She believes that the Coalition is indispensable in the region in order for industries and organizations to switch to clean alternative fuels which will help the District of Columbia and the nation become more energy independent. Diaka mentors ESOL students from various High-Schools in her free time and loves to listen to music. She also speaks French fluently.
Kimberly Harden is the Managing Member of K. Harden & Associates, LLC a Maryland-based event planning and association management company. Her company works with small businesses, non-profit organizations, corporations and trade associations. Ms. Harden is also the principal of Majestic Day Event Planners which is a social event planning company that provides event planning services and products to consumers. With nearly twenty-five years of experience in the event planning and association management industry, Ms. Harden has become noteworthy for her abilities, creativity, and keen attention to detail. She is well able to handle multiple tasks, refer her clients to reputable vendors, develop and comply within specified budgets, and provide money saving tips while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
Ms. Harden, a Business Administration major at Villa Julie College (now known as Stevenson University) and a graduate of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) has been afforded several business opportunities and resources. From these learning institutions, she has acquired a passion for learning. Education and her strong commitment to her clients have been invaluable to her company. Her most recent accomplishment includes completion of the Meeting Planning Management course at Goucher College in June 2000. Ms. Harden looks forward to the future as she plans to move into higher dimensions with her business. Her primary goal is to provide optimal customer service to every client and to continue to strive towards being noted as a cutting edge event planning and association management firm.