The Town of Burns
Harbor is one of 11 communities in Northwest Indiana which will receive a
Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, South Shore Clean Cities is
South Shore Clean
Cities partners were awarded a total of $206,000 in Indiana Volkswagen
Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grants to aid in the expansion of public
electric vehicle charging stations.
Stations will be
located in Burns Harbor, Portage, Michigan City, Crown Point, Gary, Lake
Station, Whiting, Hammond, Highland, Merrillville, and Munster in Northwest
Indiana. Seven more will be located in the Michiana area, in Culver,
Elkhart, Goshen, Mishawaka, Plymouth, South Bend, and Warsaw.
The grants were
awarded through the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and
the Michiana Area Council of Governments, after being approved by the
Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Trust Fund Committee.
will help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and will serve as
destinations for electric vehicle owners, helping to support the local
economy while improving air quality,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of
South Shore Clean Cities. “We applaud the leadership at NIRPC and MACOG as
well as the municipal leaders they serve for their roles in embracing
sustainable transportation and encourage others to follow their example.”
represent 42 percent of the total number of grants awarded. The committee
approved a total of $493,000 in grants for 56 communities.
South Shore Clean
Cities partnered with NIPSCO for an incentive program dubbed “Project
Plug-IN” for this round of grant applications,” South Shore Clean Cities
said. “NIPSCO pledged a cash match of up to $500 for each successful grant
application submitted that met eligible criteria. Eligible entities included
public and nonprofit NIPSCO electric customers and Northern Indiana Green
Fleet Program members in good standing who worked with South Shore Clean
Cities to submit a proposal.
“South Shore Clean
Cities manages the Northern Indiana Green Fleet Program for NIRPC and MACOG,
the goal of which is to significantly improve the environmental performance
of business and government vehicle fleets through diesel retrofits and other
strategies. South Shore Clean Cities guides the member fleets to help
mitigate barriers preventing the adoption of sustainable transportation
“In Oct. 2017, Gov.
Eric Holcomb signed an executive order outlining steps to distribute
Indiana’s $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation
Trust Fund, which was established as a result of a settlement between the
U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation for its violation
of the federal Clean Air Act.
“These Level 2
electric vehicle charging station projects in particular lessen the burden
on taxpayers by maximizing the use of grant opportunities to fund
sustainable transportation infrastructure on public properties,’ Lisek said.
“South Shore Clean Cities is proud to play a role in strengthening our local
economies, improving air quality, and further positioning Northern Indiana
as a state leader is the adoption of sustainable transportation