Clean Fuels Ohio (Columbus, OH)


  • Name:Charlene Brenner
  • Title:Grants Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clean Fuels Ohio
  • Address:530 West Spring Street, Suite 250
    Columbus, OH 43215
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:614-884-7336
  • Main fax:866-945-9548

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  • Mission:
  • Clean Fuels Ohio is a member of Clean Cities and is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government, and the general public.

  • Overview:
  • Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002 and dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government, and the general public. CFO is one of 87 Clean Cities Coalitions designated nationally by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Clean Fuels Ohio provides services under the five following program areas: 1) Drive Electric Ohio, 2) the Ohio Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Policy Education Initiative in which significant effort is targeted at decision-makers within specific state government agencies along with local government officials, 3) the Ohio Green Fleets program which aims at educating transportation professionals on the range of green technologies available as well as the associated costs and benefits of deployment, 4) the Ohio Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Partnerships, and 5) the Grants Development Program . CFO’s work in each area is targeted to meet sustainable transportation needs and dramatically increase the deployment of environmentally beneficial alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and associated infrastructure throughout the region.

    Through its work in the program areas, CFO has conducted hundreds of educational seminars, conferences, webinars, lunch-and-learns, safety trainings, and ride-and-drives over the past ten years to many different types of audiences on topics such as: hybrid and electric vehicle applications, natural gas and renewable biogas, propane, biodiesel and ethanol, anti‐idling efforts, diesel retrofits and other cleaner transportation strategies and choices.

  • History:
  • Established as a program of the Columbus Health Department in 1999, Clean Fuels Ohio became an independent nonprofit organization in 2002 under the name Central Ohio Clean Fuels Coalition (COCFC). That same year, COCFC was designated as a Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy and received an award for “one of the best (market development) program plans ever received.”

    Since that time, we have worked extensively to increase the availability of alternative fuels by assisting with station development and promotion, especially related to E85, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas (CNG). In addition, much work has been done to assist fleet managers in greening their vehicle fleets— resulting in positive environmental and health benefits to the community. In 2005, we changed our name to Clean Fuels Ohio to reflect the growing reach of our programs. In 2007, Clean Fuels Ohio was presented with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Clean Air Award for efforts to improve the air quality in Central Ohio. We have grown to a full-time staff of 11 and moved to new offices in downtown Columbus. We continue to focus on greening fleets across the state through our Ohio Green Fleets program and on educating the public and decision-makers about responsible and sustainable transportation options.

    Since its launch in August 2008, Ohio Green Fleets program has engaged hundreds of fleets across the state in workshops, seminars and individual meetings. This work has resulted in the active enrollment of 140 public and private organizations—all of who have provided fleet data and begun the process of earning Ohio Green Fleet certification. The 55 designated Ohio Green Fleets have displaced a combined total of 6,580,808 gallons of petroleum and eliminated over 517 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 58 tons of particulate matter (PM 2.5), 18.3 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 84,863 tons of carbon dioxide.

    In the ten years since its founding, Clean Fuels Ohio and its Executive Director, Sam Spofforth, have received numerous awards highlighting its many achievements including the following:
    • In February 2013, CFO was re-designated as an official Clean Cities Coalition by the US DOE.
    • In 2012, Clean Fuels Ohio displaced over 7 million gallons of petroleum in its work with fleet partners throughout Ohio.
    • In 2011, Spofforth was inducted into the “Clean Cities Hall of Fame” by the US Department of Energy.
    • In 2010, CFO was awarded by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio for its Ohio Alliance for the Environment Award.
    • In 2007, CFO was selected as the Clean Cities Coalition of the Year by the US DOE.
    • In 2008, General Motors selected CFO as their top “Clean Cities Rewards” winner.
    • In 2008, CFO also earned “Outstanding Project” award from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.

  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:10


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:04-3595329

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:043595329
  • Organization Name:CLEAN FUELS OHIO
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:530 W SPRING ST
  • Organization City:COLUMBUS
  • Organization State:OH
  • Organization Zip:43215-2381
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2000
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:C60
  • Asset Amount:$436,946
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$895,687
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$895,687
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:23:00 pm

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