The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) was represented at the eighth annual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Feb. 6-9 in Phoenix.

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron and Odyssey Manager Virginia McMillen attended the event, where they exhibited materials from the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program.

NAFTC Odyssey Manager Virginia McMillen, right, talks with Joanna Schroeder of

NAFTC Odyssey Manager Virginia McMillen, right, talks with Joanna Schroeder of at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Feb. 6-9 in Phoenix. Credit: NAFTC

Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board at the Phoenix Convention Center, the conference featured keynote speaker Michael Shermer, educational sessions, presentations and the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase. The showcase highlighted the latest biodiesel-powered vehicles from Ford, Volkswagen and Audi. In addition, representatives from Arizona Biodiesel, States Logistics and the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car shared their groundbreaking biodiesel initiatives and experience with the fuel

The expo hall also housed more than 100 exhibitors representing the latest biodiesel technologies and innovations, helping to power these vehicles for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future. The expo was frequented by biodiesel producers and marketers; fuel distributors; biodiesel consumers; feedstock growers and processors; farmers; local, state and federal government officials; fleet managers and others.

The Audi TDI

The Audi TDI is displayed at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Credit: NAFTC

“The Biodiesel Conference and Expo presented excellent opportunities for the NAFTC to network with stakeholders in the biodiesel industry,” McMillen noted. “I enjoyed meeting others who share the goals of energy independence and clean air and promoting the biodiesel training available through the Clean Cities Learning Program.”

The CCLP First Responder Safety Training is designed specifically to reduce the risks taken by first responders when responding to accidents involving alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The classroom materials include information on emergencies involving biofuels and biofuel vehicles as well as gaseous fuels and gaseous fuel vehicles, hydrogen and hydrogen-powered vehicles and electric drive vehicles

“Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are the future of transportation,” Ebron said. “These next generation vehicles will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and help keep our air clean. Because alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles are becoming more prevalent and will continue to increase in popularity, first responders must understand the differences between these cars and trucks and conventional, gasoline-powered vehicles. The First Responder Safety Training provides a proactive approach to keeping emergency personnel and the citizens they serve safe.”

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