Meet the Board of Directors
Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition
1000 Innovation Road; Suite 209
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6044
Office: (631) 504-5771
Fax: (631) 504-5757
Rita D. Ebert is the key staff member of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition since 2007, where she has been the Program Coordinator. She administers all contractual and reporting duties for approximately $10 million dollars in federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funding and close to $15 million dollars in DOE’s Clean Cities American Recovery Reinvestment Act funding. As coordinator of one of the nation’s largest Coalitions, she represents the interests of over 400 regional stakeholders in the promotion and advancement of Alternative Fuel technologies and programs.
Rita is recognized for her leadership and contribution to the business of clean fuels and the benefits they bring. She has been appointed to national boards where she contributes her experience and regional ideas for our nation’s future energy policies. These include the Boards of the National Clean Cities Coordinators Council as Co-Chair and the National Transportation Energy Partnership. In 2009 Rita was the Northeast Region Nominee for Coordinator of the Year for Clean Cities. Rita was recognized for outstanding leadership, creative thinking, and accomplishment in achieving greater use of alternative fuels, other clean vehicle technologies, and petroleum reduction practices. In 2013 Rita was inducted into the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame. Rita also received the Benjamin Watson Leadership award from the Clean Cities Coordinator Council.
Asst. to the Commissioner of Sanitation, Town of Hempstead-Dept. of Sanitation
1580 Merrick Road
Merrick, N.Y. 11566
Phone: 516-378-2200 ext. 6278
Dominick Longobardi has been employed with the Town of Hempstead for 25 years where he currently serves as the Assistant to the Commissioner of Sanitation, working on all aspects of departmental operations.
Dominick is an active member in a number of professional organizations. These organizations include the Long Island Sanitation Officials Association where he currently serves as Treasurer and the New York Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association, where he is president of the Long Island Branch, Past-President and current Delegate to the national organization. Dominick is also a member of the Association of Long Island Recycling Officials. Outside of the Town Of Hempstead, Dominick’s background in accounting and banking has given him the opportunity to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Town of Hempstead Employees Federal Credit Union, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Water Authority of Western Nassau County and he is currently an elected Trustee in the Village of Floral Park.
As a founding member of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, the Town of Hempstead understands the need for forward thinking and leadership in the use of alternative fuels for transportation. With the Town’s support, Dominick plays an active role in the Coalition. Dominick’s history with the coalition started over 15 years ago when he became a member of the CMAQ Advisory Committee. This committee reviews grant applications from Stakeholders/Members and recommends them for funding to the Executive Committee. Dominick soon became the Coalition’s Treasurer and he now serves as its Chairman, where he is involved in all aspects of the Coalition’s operations and business.
Russ Barnett has been involved in environmental issues, including alternative energy, for over thirty years. He is currently the director of a local government environmental protection and waste management department for a community of 118,000 people. He holds advanced degrees from Columbia University, the State University of New York, and Long Island University in the fields of Environmental Science, Waste Management, and Geography. He is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America, the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management, and the Association of Long Island Recycling Officials. Russ conceived and put in place the East Coast’s first 100% compressed natural gas fueled refuse collection fleet to improve local air quality and to cut collection costs. His experience with NGV’s includes light duty sedans and pick-up trucks, shuttle buses, dump trucks, snow plows, street sweepers and Class 8 heavy refuse trucks. He has additional experience with alcohol fuels, biodiesel, renewable natural gas, hybrid technologies, battery electric vehicles, and both solar and wind power. His work with alternative fuel has been widely reported in the national, regional and local media.
Senior Business Development Manager, Direct Energy Business
425 Broadhollow Road, Suite 422
Melville, NY 11747
Richard Locke is Senior Business Development Manager for Direct Energy Business (formerly Hess Energy Marketing). He is responsible for the sale of commodity/ solutions products to large size businesses/ customers throughout the Metro New York region. Prior to his current position, Richard worked for the local electric/natural gas utility for more than 20 years, most recently as Manager of the NYC/ Long Island Large Key Account Strategic Sales Group. He attended Long Island University (BS) and Hofstra University (MBA) and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Housing Partnership.
Richard has been involved with the coalition for more than 10 years and is a firm believer in the use of alternative fuels as a means to lessen our dependence on foreign fuels, as well as providing a cleaner environment. He believes additional funding, necessary to bridge the gap in first cost requirements, is critical in continuing the market’s momentum.
Business Development Manager, Clean Energy
27 President Street
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Cell: (718) 598-1027
Sheree Jeanes been involved with GLICCC since 2008, which was when she started working for Clean Energy Fuels—and also when she became involved with Alternative Fuels. Clean Energy has developed partnerships with multiple townships throughout Long Island to implement CNG fleet conversions, and has built/upgraded CNG stations to accommodate more than 200 new trucks. They operate the CNG fueling stations for Nassau County’s public transit system, NICE Bus, fueling 300 CNG buses daily. In partnership with local utilities and the state, Clean Energy operates public CNG fueling stations locally and throughout the region. She would advise fleet managers to learn about today’s alternative fuels—to become thoroughly educated about the fuel, vehicles, engines, and the return on investment. Transitioning to an alternative fuel opens up opportunities to achieve sustainability goals, maximize fleet fuel costs and fuel efficiencies, and can be a competitive advantage with customers, clients and vendors. Clean Energy has seen a wave of ever increasing utilization of alternative fueled vehicles for both business and consumer use. Clearly the cost savings and environmental benefits of cleaner fuels have been driving the marketplace and the public imagination and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Downstate Commercial Leader, National Grid
448 E. Main St.
Patchogue, NY 11772
Keith Sperling has been involved with GLICCC for several years, and has been involved with alternative fuels for well over a decade. He has worked with customers and industry reps for many years to increase awareness of alternative fuels and develop projects. In the next ten years Keith would like to see alternative fuel/vehicles industry significantly expanding on a national level, especially the electric vehicle market. He advises fleet managers to be open for new opportunities because of the possible economic and environmental benefits for their organizations.
Vice President of Transportation, Rides Unlimited of New York, Inc.
108 Hoffman Lane
Islandia, NY 11749
Robert Quinn has been involved with GLICCC for 7 years, and has worked with alternative fuels for 10 years. He has contributed to the alternative fuel industry by helping to convert 58 vehicles from unleaded or diesel fuels, to compressed natural gas within the past 3 years. His organization also has 15 hybrid vehicles in their fleet and their facility is powered by solar energy. In the next ten years Robert sees alternative fuels becoming a bigger part of our economy. Robert would like to see lower incremental costs for alternative fueled vehicles to make it more cost effective for fleet managers to consider purchasing those types of vehicles. He advises fleet managers to research the pros and cons of alternative fuels, perform a detailed return on investment analysis, and then determine if alternative fuels could be the right move for their business.
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