On June 22, 2021, CUTR’s Austin Marie Sipiora joined Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried and other community members to discuss the importance of energy equity in Florida. Sipiora is a researcher with the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, a program focused on implementing alternative fuels, fuel-saving technologies and practices, and new mobility choices.
“As the coordinator for the federally-designated Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, we seek to support the Tampa Bay region’s energy, economic, and environmental security by building partnerships to advance energy efficient mobility, part of which involves encouraging the adoption of clean, efficient transportation and energy solutions for low-income communities,” said Sipiora. “We see these trends with household transportation energy needs, as well. A recent study from Argonne National Laboratory found that household transportation energy burden alone varies significantly by census tract. This variation is in part due to household income levels (lower-income households spend a lot more of their budget on fuel), on top of added energy costs in total. This has demonstrated need for more equitable access to clean transportation and clean energy solutions, such as outreach and investment for energy efficiency, solar, and access to clean transportation technologies including alternative fuels, electric vehicles, and charging equipment.”