GNA Celebrates 25 Years of Innovative Clean Transportation and Energy Initiatives

From global truck OEMs and Fortune 100 companies, to agribusiness and solid waste companies, GNA has worked with organizations on the most advanced clean technology projects in the on- and off-road sectors across the nation.


SANTA MONICA, CA—December 10, 2018—Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since its founding in 1993, GNA has been instrumental in the development of environmental programs and policies that have improved air quality, increased the use of clean fuels and advanced technologies in transportation, and that have spurred the creation of innovative public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors.

“It is amazing to think that we have been in business for 25 years,” stated Cliff Gladstein, founder and president of GNA. “Those first few years were very hard, and none of it would have happened without GNA’s first CEO, Terres Unsoeld.  She was the administrative glue that held the organization together at the inception and for the first seven years of the company.”

GNA has been at the forefront of several key transportation, air quality and clean energy projects since the company’s infancy, including the transformative Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), which was created in 1995 to expand alternative fuel vehicle use and refueling station access for heavy-duty trucks throughout the Western United States.

In addition, GNA worked on the first mobile source emission reduction credits and the first port-related clean trucks program, among many other initiatives. It was these early projects and clients that helped solidify GNA’s position in the industry as the leading consultancy focused on cleaning up the goods movement sector.

In the following decade, the company quickly expanded into new sectors, such as power generation, off-road equipment, renewable fuels, electrification, efficiency strategies, and many more. As GNA’s expertise continues to expand, so does its service offerings, which include a unique and comprehensive blend of technical, funding, and creative services to public- and private-sector clients.

“The future is phenomenally bright for GNA,” said Gladstein, “We have grown so much over the last 20 years, and most of our progress is attributable to our current CEO, Erik Neandross. It is his vision and eco-preneurial spirit that drives GNA. Coupled with our COO, Sean Turner’s leadership, GNA will propel forward for the next 25 years.”

All three of GNA’s core service areas – technical, funding and creative – have been integral to GNA’s success thus far and have positioned the company to support the future transportation and energy markets as new technologies and strategies emerge to improve air quality while strengthening national energy security.

GNA’s technical division works with on- and off-road fleet operators across North America to deploy advanced, low-emission vehicle technologies and fuels. Continuing to work with some of GNA’s first clients, including SoCalGas, Waste Management, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the technical team offers a wide range of services to help fleet operators and other stakeholders analyze ROI opportunities and translate complex technical and regulatory information into actionable plans.

GNA’s funding team helps clients track, evaluate, and apply for funding programs throughout the US and Canada. By using the company’s comprehensive suite of grant management solutions, clients gain a competitive advantage in leveraging key funding opportunities. GNA’s funding team surpassed $500 million in funding awarded to clients earlier this year, which includes $83 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF). The funding team’s expertise is unparalleled with a 91% grant application success rate, which has helped clients deploy over 5,000 advanced vehicles and equipment and build over 125 large-scale alternative fuel and charging stations. Looking ahead, the funding team is well prepared to offer assistance for those pursuing the recently available Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement funds.

GNA’s newest division, GNA Creative, which was launched in 2017, offers marketing strategy, media relations, and design services for companies in the clean fuel and advanced transportation industry. By having a laser focus on the clean tech space, GNA’s team of marketing strategists can quickly and effectively launch targeted campaigns that influence tangible change and reduce barriers to advanced vehicle and clean energy market penetration. GNA Creative works with clients of all sizes that range from some of the most well-known vehicle OEMs and global maritime companies, to investor-funded clean tech startups and non-profits.

In addition to supporting clients with suite of strategic communications services, GNA Creative plans and executes North America’s leading alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology conferences and expositions. The largest of which is the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, a conference and expo on real-world applications of the latest advanced transportation technologies, had its most successful year in 2018 with over 3,500 registered attendees. In 2019, the ninth annual ACT Expo will take place April 23-26 in Southern California. Other GNA-hosted events include Rethink Methane Symposium, a conference focused on educating California policymakers on how renewable methane can help the state immediately and cost effectively meet its air quality, climate protection, and economic development objectives; and the Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit (HHP Summit), which presents natural gas as a solution for off-road applications such as marine, mining, power gen and rail. Most recently, GNA, along with several co-hosts, launched the California Dairy Sustainability Summit, which brought over 200 dairy farmers and 650 dairy stakeholders together to discuss how the dairy industry can help California meet its sustainability goals.