Tuesday’s “Compelling Case for NGVs” workshop at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport was attended by more than 125 people, comprising a broad cross-section of public and private fleet operators, policy makers, and stakeholders. The all-day event was hosted by the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF) and co-hosted by Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC—home of the Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership), the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (Dept. for Energy Development and Independence and Dept. of Environmental Protection—Division of Air Quality), Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, and the Kentucky Gas Association. NGVAmerica is an underwriting sponsor of the “Compelling Case” series.
The day was eventful, with three (yes, count ‘em—three) fire alarms that added a bit of commotion to an already packed agenda and high-energy day, but the resulting program was well received. After welcoming remarks by Melissa Howell (KCFC Executive Director) and Bill Jacob (KCFC President and UPS V.P. for Airport Ground Support Equipment), Stephe Yborra delivered the core curriculum, who was assisted by guest OEM and SVM presenters in the “Wheels” session and Kris Kyler (Indiana Geothermal) and Jim Doyle (Waste Management) during the “Been There – Done That” session. The day included networking breaks, a selection of OEM and SVM vehicles on display outdoors, an end-of-day site visit to the nearby Clean N Green station co-owned and operated by Waste Management and PetroCard, and fifteen tabletop vendors whose additional financial support helped cover workshop expenses.
During lunch, State Representative Steve Riggs led a ceremony in recognition of KCFC’s NGV market development work in Kentucky. After reaffirming his own support of NGVs (including legislative initiatives), Rep. Riggs presented each KCFC Board Member a Kentucky State Legislature citation.
There are just two full-day “Compelling Case” workshops slated for the rest of 2012: Nashville (August 8) and New York City (fall date still to be determined). In addition, about six more half-day mini-“Compelling Case” seminar sessions are included in other organizations’ upcoming NGV events. For more information, contact Stephe Yborra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.829.2520.