Jonathan is a life-long East Tennessean who truly enjoys meeting new businesses and fleets and discover alternative fuels and their ROI opportunities… and in solving problems. He says, “How often do you get to work on something that helps your community and country at the same time? This job is a blast!” Jonathan founded the coalition in 2002 with the support of many area businesses, organizations, nonprofits and research groups. If you ever ask him how he’s doing, expect to hear “Better than I Deserve” because he feels blessed by God and is genuinely happy to live and work in beautiful Tennessee… and has been the recipient of not one but two kidneys from other families through organ donation.
- Doing almost anything outdoors
- Disc golf
- Australian merlots
- Can’t-catch-my-breathe laughter
- Canned asparagus
- People who can’t laugh at themselves
- Folks who don’t use their turn signals
I have four kidneys (from two kidney transplants)
Project Manager / melissa [at] etcleanfuels.org / 865-974-9665
Melissa is thrilled to be a new resident of Knoxville, TN and to work with Tennessee Clean Fuels. Despite being a New Jersey native and graduate of Barnard College in NYC and her eternal love for New York bagels, Melissa has lived all over the U.S. She spent three years in Yosemite National Park’s Resource Management division, two years at Northern Arizona University completing a Master’s in Anthropology and environmental studies, and most recently, Melissa practiced the art of fundraising in the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Development office. She is passionate about clean air and clean fuels and looks forward to working with fleets and partners all over East Tennessee and beyond!
- Mountains, trees, rivers, etc.
- Good food – be it fine dining, sushi, or from a food truck!
- Red wine and craft beer
- Outdoor adventures — Running, climbing, biking, hiking
- Sci-Fi, Fantasy, History – your basic nerd genres
- People who are rude or outright mean
- Extremely crowded places
- Cottage cheese
- Irresponsible pet owners
- Reality TV (sorry…)
As an intern in Yosemite National Park, I lived in a tent for 2 months. You really do get used to the lack of refrigeration and the regular presence of bears.
Board of Directors & Advisors
President – Paul Leath, AGL Resources
Secretary – Carla York
Treasurer – Chris Wilson, Knoxville Utilities Board
Jim Coker, R&R Products
Jan Compton, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Dr. Chris Cox, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Scott Curran, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mark Mauss, Gold Coast Refining
Visiting Us – Addresses
311 Conference Center Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134
650 Locust Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
540 Locust Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
East Tennessee Clean Fuels serves the 48 counties in the eastern half of the state. We work closely with Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels to provide services to our partners in these counties and beyond.
Clean Cities coalitions that desire official recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy must complete a stringent process, gather partner support, and complete a detailed program plan. On October 12, 2004, East Tennessee Clean Fuels became an official, designated Clean Cities coalition. The process of designation took two years and was supported by many partners along the way. Over thirty partners attended the designation event and signed the supporting MOU along with the Department of Energy.
Awards & Recognition
2016 – Jonathan Overly receives U.S. EPA Region 4, Southeast Diesel Collaborative Visionary Champion Award
2016 – Tennessee Clean Fuels (both TN coalitions) receive Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, for Excellence in Clean Air
2015 – Jonathan Overly inducted into U.S. DOE Clean Cities Hall of Fame
2015 – ETCleanFuels receives U.S. National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award
2015 – Southeast Diesel Collaborative Leadership Award Nominee, granted to Jonathan Overly
2011 – Jonathan Overly receives Benjamin Watson Award
2007 – Jonathan Overly receives Air Conservationist of the Year Award from the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and GM Spring Hill Manufacturing
2006 – Jonathan Overly receives Blount County Environmental Achievement Award
2005 – Jonathan Overly Receives Tri-Cities Ozone Action Partnership “Ozzie Award”