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About South Shore Clean Cities

South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. (SSCC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is one of nearly 100 active U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalitions in the United States. The coalitions are designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends and fuel economy. Designated as the 71st Clean Cities Coalition on June 15, 1999, South Shore Clean Cities was founded on the principle that motivated individuals working together for common goals best accomplish our nation's objectives of:

  • Improving Air Quality,
  • Developing Regional Economic Opportunities and
  • Reducing the use of Imported Oil.

South Shore Clean Cities covers 18 counties across Northern Indiana including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Newton, Jasper, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, Pulaski, Fulton, Whitley, and Benton County.

The lower part of Indiana is covered by Greater Indiana Clean Cities.

Mission and Strategies

South Shore Clean Cities mission is to preserve and revitalize Northern Indiana by promoting the use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies.

South Shore Clean Cities works toward its mission through education and outreach, training, acquiring necessary funding to implement projects, and develop stakeholder partnerships. The coalition's fuel portfolio includes biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas, and propane. Additionally, the coalition advocates idle reduction and fuel economy technologies. 

What Is Clean Cities?

Clean Cities is a government/industry partnership designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends and fuel economy. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Cities contributes to the environmental, economic and energy security of our nation by reducing our dependence on imported petroleum. To learn more visit the Clean Cities Website.

Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium

In addition to collaborating with Clean Cities coalitions around the country and with regional and national U.S. Department of Energy program leadership, South Shore Clean Cities works especially close with the two other coalitions in the loosely constituted Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium. To our north, Wisconsin Clean Cities, and to our northwest, Chicago Area Clean Cities, are SSCC's steady partners in educational events and special conferences. If you find yourself in the Milwaukee area or in the Chicagoland area, we encourage you to visit the other members of our consortium.

Legacy Environmental Services, Inc.

Legacy Environmental Services, Inc. is a woman-owned, future-focused environmental consulting firm that works with businesses, industries, schools and municipalities in their efforts to incorporate green, clean and sustainable activities and practices into their everyday existence. Legacy was founded in 2003 by Carl and Lorrie Lisek and serves as the executive management for the U.S. Department of Energy, South Shore Clean Cities and Wisconsin Clean Cities (which serves the entire state of Wisconsin). Legacy develops, writes and submits grant applications on the client's behalf and also offers grant management for each project. All efforts among these businesses work toward a cleaner future through air quality and emission reductions, alternative fuels, promotion of renewable resources and use of environmentally friendly GREEN products.