The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium unveiled the full version of its new Petroleum Reduction Technologies (PRT) curriculum in Pittsburgh.

This July, the NAFTC held a PRT train-the-trainer event at the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Campus in Pittsburgh. NAFTC project manager, Catherine Mezera, led the PRT train-the-trainer presentation.

“I believe the class will help coordinators do a better job of educating the public on specific fuels and reductions,” Executive Director of Pittsburgh Clean Cities Rick Price said of the trainings. “I definitely plan on using the materials provided.”

Attendees were given a complimentary copy of the Petroleum Reduction Technologies instructor’s manual, a large binder covering each of the sections that PRT offers. These sections address each of the major alternative fuels: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Natural Gas, Propane, Hydrogen, and Electric Drive, as well as sections on Fuel Economy, Idle Reduction, Fleet Applications, and an overview of the importance of petroleum reduction technologies. PRT can be modular, with each of the sections used as their own particularly focused workshop.

During the Fleet Application section, Mike Lickert, a corporate fleet manager for the supermarket chain Giant Eagle, explained his process of changing his fleet over to natural gas. Lickert’s story is also included as a case study in the Fleet Application section of PRT.


NAFTC project manager, Catherine Mezera, presents an overview of the Petroleum Reduction Technologies curriculum in Pittsburgh. Credit: NAFTC.

“The PRT curriculum materials are going to be an invaluable resource for Clean Cities Coordinators,” Mezera said. “It was rewarding to see the participants’ reactions to the materials presented as part of the Pittsburgh training. The ability to customize the presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes is something that really makes this curriculum unique.”

“The audience was excited to see how the material all comes together for a complete overview of petroleum reduction technologies, or can be used independently for a variety of audiences. During our presentation, the participants started collaborating and bouncing ideas off one another. There’s no better compliment to our materials than folks being excited to start using it.”

PRT was completed as the second project of the Clean Cities Learning Program, funded by a grant from the United States Department of Energy Clean Cities Program. The first project of the grant is the First Responder Safety Training.

Clean Cities regional manager Kay Kelly is the NAFTCs Clean Cities Learning Program award project manager and encouraged Clean Cities coordinators to attend the program. Coordinators are the main-focus of the train-the-trainer sessions.

Clean Cities regional managers, Mike Scarpino and Erin Russell-Story, who both work out of the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, attended the PRT training.

“Clean Cities Coordinators and stakeholders will clearly benefit from participating in the PRT training,” Russell-Story said

“From the technology/fuel specific training, outreach materials, videos and fleet manager focused materials, the training has many items that can be mixed and matched for various forms.” Scarpino added.


PRT attendees at Allegheny Community College in Pittsburgh. Credit: NAFTC.

This fall, six additional PRT train-the-trainer sessions will be held across the country. All of the events will last two days. One day of the training will be focused on the train-the-trainer model with the Clean Cities coordinator in mind. The second day of the training will provide multiple sessions for various audiences, utilizing the many different topics and materials from the PRT curriculum. All events are free to attend.

The tentative locations and dates for the upcoming PRT trainings are:

September 12-13: Charleston, West Virginia
Clean Cities Coalition host: Kelly Bragg

October 4-5: New Haven, Connecticut
Clean Cities Coalition host: Pete Polubiatko

November 1-2: Dallas, Texas
Clean Cities Coalition host: Pamela Burns

November 6-7: Seattle, Washington
Clean Cities Coalition host: Stephanie Meyn

November 14-15: Birmingham, Alabama
Clean Cities Coalition host: Mark Bentley

TBD: Whittier, California
Clean Cities Coalition host: Curtis Martin.




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