Charging Forward: Revitalizing Underutilized Sites into EV Charging Stations
As the number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road rapidly rises, more Americans will pass gas stations in favor of a charging station – leading to a necessary shift in fueling infrastructure. The Federal Government projects 50 percent of new cars sold in 2030 will be electric, however, for this goal to be met, charging infrastructure must expand.
A broader charging infrastructure network is needed to power the ever increasing number of EVs on the road. In order to build out this infrastructure, properties are needed to site a network of charging stations that serve people in their communities, much like our service stations do now. Financial support for this transition is available on the federal, state and local level. This webinar will walk you through how to identify underutilized and potentially contaminated sites with EV charging potential, access available funding, and provide real-world examples from East Bay Community Energy’s ambitious EV charging infrastructure program to meet the needs of both light-duty passenger vehicles and medium- and heavy-duty goods movement vehicles.
This webinar hosted by CCLR, EPA, ICF and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) will share the value of EV charging stations and how you can leverage available grants to transform underutilized and potentially contaminated sites into EV charging stations to serve your community.
A five-time Phoenix award winner, Ignacio leads elements of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) technical assistance program for brownfields reuse and restoration. Ignacio spent 20 years with the City of Emeryville (California) Redevelopment Agency, leading the city’s Brownfield Program. He has over 30 years of experience in public sector development including: affordable housing, infrastructure, climate change, stakeholder participation, public financing, and project development planning and outreach. With CCLR, he has assisted cities, tribes and states obtain more than $150 million in state and Federal grants over the past 10 years. He also teaches sustainability, livability and resilience at Golden Gate University, and is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).
Vanessa works on transportation electrification initiatives at East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), including developing the agency’s public EV fast charging network and supporting the regional transition to zero-emission goods movement in and through the service area through work on EBCE’s Blueprint grant from the California Energy Commission. Prior to joining the Transportation Electrification team, Vanessa worked closely with the COO and CEO on strategic planning and ran EBCE’s 2020 utility-scale renewable energy and battery storage solicitation. Before joining EBCE, Vanessa worked in the building decarbonization space running marketing and business development for a Commercial PACE financing provider. She is a proud alumna of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and holds a B.S. in Conservation & Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.Sc. in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford.
Emily Blanton is an urban planner with 6 years of experience in community and economic development,
environmental/open space/trail planning, and sustainable revitalization programs. Her support to EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization over the last 4 years has involved direct technical assistance to cities and towns that face challenges in redeveloping contaminated properties. She has helped these communities to assess and clean up contamination, develop site reuse visions, understand market economics, suggest transportation improvements, and implement actionable strategies for sustainable reuse. She has also supported several small area, neighborhood, and comprehensive planning efforts across city and community scales. She holds an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Pennsylvania) and a B.S. in Environmental Science (University of Virginia).
Emily White supports transportation electrification projects for Federal, state, and utility clients at ICF. She primarily provides technical assistance, research and analysis, database management, and program support to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, and Natural Resources Canada through her work on the U.S. and Canadian Alternative Fueling Station Locator databases and the Energy Policy Act State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet program. Over the last year and a half, she has supported the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization by conducting analyses on the technical and financial feasibility of installing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on former brownfield sites. Emily also supports National Grid’s fleet electrification assessment program for municipal fleets in Massachusetts and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s EV charging infrastructure grant programs. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (Tufts University) and a B.A. in International Relations (Boston University).
Eric Byous is a Brownfields Project Manager with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He helps communities identify opportunities and coordinate funding resources to redevelop brownfields and other impacted sites into electric vehicle charging stations, renewable energy installations and other sustainability-focused reuse opportunities.