Jonathan is a life-long East Tennessean who truly enjoys meeting new businesses and fleets and helping them 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 and Argentinian 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 (two are from the two kidney transplants that I have received, one in 1988 and one in 2011)
Project Manager / daniel [at] etcleanfuels.org / 865-309-6657
Daniel is a recent transplant to East Tennessee; born in Canada, he moved south in 2016 and has since fallen in love with the area’s mountains, culture, and history. Daniel is a problem solver with an eye for detail and a nose for creative solutions to difficult problems. He is an exuberant optimist about the future! He’s an experienced editor and rhetorician, a digital entrepreneur, and he’s thrilled to help ETCleanFuels members access the tools that they’ll need to save money and go green. In his spare time, you’ll find Daniel working in his gardens (he grows native wildflowers and vegetables), hiking in the mountains (he spent a month on the AT in 2014), cooking (he’s a trained vegetarian cook), or reading philosophy (he specializes in new realism and ecological ethics).
- Dark and stormy stouts
- Hiking with my dogs
- Friendly philosophical debates
- Self-reflexivity and critical thinking
- Star Trek
- Melons (they’re filler fruit!)
- Apathy and defeatism
- Criticism that hinders rather than helps
- Bottled water
- A world with no Star Trek
Despite my height, I am singularly terrible at basketball.
Board of Directors & Advisors
President – Paul Leath, Southern Company Gas
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
Jonathan Overly (nonvoting, ex officio)
Visiting Us – Addresses
311 Conference Center Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-4134
Click on either of the above linked physical addresses to open a Google map to show those locations. Also, you can click here to see a list of parking facilities in downtown Knoxville.
Our home in East Tennessee
Since 2001, East Tennessee Clean Fuels has been lucky to have the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) as its host organization. Housed in the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) — an organization affiliated with UTK’s Tickle College of Engineering — ETCleanFuels is grateful for the continued and considerable financial, advisory, and human resources support it receives. ISSE’s offices are located in the UT Conference Center, where a number of our events have been hosted, and ETCleanFuels staff are contracted through UTK. The University’s support continues to be essential to the success and growth of our organization; thank you, UTK!
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”