When I first joined the Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) team, I felt at home because of the people — the CFO members and the staff supporting them. I know it sounds schmaltzy, but it’s true. I’m a people person; I always have been. And over the last 20 years, CFO has welcomed many incredible people and organizations to become members. Many of them I know well and consider friends.
I think it’s time to welcome even more members to help us face our climate crisis head-on by securing an unbiased clean energy future. How? By creatively expanding our reach to more diverse organizations and industries.
We’ve done a great job promoting electric vehicles (EVs) as part of our Clean Cities Coalition work … but we can do more. We can spur the alternative fuel transition among the ENTIRE transportation sector. Of course, that doesn’t mean we halt our EV work, it just means we’ll bring more industries and cleaner fuel alternatives into the fold — like rail and heavy equipment or hydrogen and natural gas (a clean choice compared to historical fuels used for electric generation). Including other transport types and other greener fuels leads to cleaner emissions. If we’re going to make a difference, we must broaden our reach.
Over the next several months, you’ll likely be reading more stories about our efforts to include new types of members and embrace new types of alternative fuels. I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunity this holds for CFO and our members, and I genuinely hope you are, too.