Sparking the EV Transition: A Policy Toolkit for Local Government

Hosted by Colorado Renewable Energy Society – Boulder County

Public group


With a lack of leadership on climate policy from the federal government, Colorado cities have a unique opportunity to lead on climate. Many cities have taken action on emission reductions, significantly improving air quality and paving the way for states to set more ambitious climate and electrification goals. Cities have led the way to cleaner energy in the electricity sector with ambitious renewable energy commitments, and they can do the same in the transportation sector by setting bold targets for electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and by implementing policies and strategies to kick the EV transition into high gear.

In January of 2018, the state of Colorado released Colorado’s Electric Vehicle Plan, which sets the goal of nearly a million EVs on the road by 2030. Achieving this goal is key to meeting state targets for carbon emissions reductions and fixing our air quality problems. But it won’t happen without cities stepping up to meet the challenge.

A coalition of EV advocates, including the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), is launching the GoEVCity campaign and working with Colorado communities to transition their municipal, public transit, taxi/TNC, and public fleets to 100% electric vehicles. The presentation will outline a list of policies and programs that city, county, and state governments can use to electrify their transportation system. Our Speaker, Matt Frommer, will also lead a discussion on the status of Colorado’s adoption of the California Advanced Clean Car Standards in response to the Trump Administration’s rollback of vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

Speaker Biography:

Matt Frommer is an associate in SWEEP’s transportation program, which focuses on strategies to expand the adoption of electric vehicles, improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle fleet, and to reduce motor vehicle use. Matt received a Masters of the Environment in Sustainable Planning and Management from the University of Colorado in 2017. He focused his graduate studies on the electrification of rideshare fleets, and the expansion of electric-vehicle charging infrastructure in Colorado. Matt completed a capstone project with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mobility Transportation team before joining SWEEP. Previously, he worked with Colorado’s rural communities to promote environmental education and stewardship, while also helping them diversify their local economies.

This meeting is free for CRES members. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Learn more about CRES, and the benefits of membership at

Parking is available in Lot 556
The West Entrance Circle Lot (550) is pay-by-hour at all times

6:30 Networking, Light refreshments
7:00 Announcements, followed by the Presentation
8:15 Questions, Networking, Wrap-up and Clean-up

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