SSCC Reduced Emissions by 607,000 Tons in 10 Years

SSCC Reduced Emissions by 607,000 Tons in 10 Years

In celebrating 20 years of service, South Shore Clean Cities shared details about its achievements across its programming and partnerships. The organization is a nonprofit, member-based coalition dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Northern Indiana.

In the last decade alone, South Shore Clean Cities members have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 607,000 tons and reduced the number of gasoline gallon equivalents by 93 million gallons. That is the equivalent of removing 175,500 passenger vehicles from the road for one year and eliminating the use of nearly 2 million barrels of oil.

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions members have reduced in just the last decade has increased substantially as well, from 2,461 tons in 2009 to 151,210 tons in 2019.

The coalition has seen tremendous growth in the last 20 years. South Shore Clean Cities now covers 18 counties in roughly the northern third of the state of Indiana and membership is now five times the level it was in 2005.

South Shore Clean Cities lives its mission through education and outreach, training, grant writing and funding acquisition, project management and the development of stakeholder partnerships. The organization has also assisted its members in successfully acquiring an approximate $90 million in grant funding since its inception.

Among the projects led by South Shore Clean Cities are:

NIPSCO’s IN-Charge Project: The project led to the deployment and management of more than 250 home charging stations and 159 public charging stations in 60 locations throughout Northern Indiana from 2012 to 2016.

The BP Cleaner Air through Diesel Emissions Reductions (BP CADER) grant program: The program provided $450,000 through a competitive grant process in 2013-14 aimed at reducing diesel emissions in Lake County. Projects included the Lake County Sheriff’s Department receiving nearly $25,000 to repower patrol/search and rescue boat engines with cleaner-burning engines and MediDock stations to reduce idling ambulances at Lake County hospitals. The unused funds remaining in the project went to the School City of East Chicago in 2017 to introduce propane buses into the fleet, marking the first use of propane school buses in the Region.

Green Fleet Program: South Shore Clean Cities manages the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s (NIRPC’s) and Michiana Area Council of Government’s (MACOG’s) Green Fleet Programs, which aim to improve the environmental performance of fleets in the two metropolitan planning organization’s respective territories. Through the program, South Shore Clean Cities guides nearly 60 municipal, county, school and university member fleets to help mitigate barriers preventing the adoption of sustainable transportation options while creating policies supporting petroleum and vehicle emission reductions.

Join the Celebration

A 20th Anniversary Celebration will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Highway in Merrillville, Indiana. The event is free thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including Best Equipment, Cummins, Family Express, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, NIPSCO, Ozinga and ROUSH CleanTech.

The business casual event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Registration is required and is available online at For more information, contact South Shore Clean Cities at (219) 644-3690.


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