The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) created a comprehensive curriculum focused on Petroleum Reduction Technologies (PRT), as part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative. This fall, the NAFTC is bringing PRT training sessions to locations across the country.

In October, a training session was held in New Haven, Connecticut, and in early November sessions were held in Plano, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

Pete Polubiatko, Coordinator, Norwich Clean Cities Coalition speaks at the October PRT session at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. Credit: NAFTC.

“It was a great opportunity for us,” NAFTC executive director Al Ebron said. “We were able to inform the public about new developments in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles as we helped them seek out petroleum alternatives.”

The PRT sessions are primarily given over two days. The first day, a train-the-trainer session, is developed specifically for coordinators who then use the information to provide education to a number of different audiences, and covers the entire PRT curriculum. The curriculum has sections on 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. The second day of the training provides multiple sessions for various audiences, utilizing the many different topics and materials from the PRT curriculum.

The New Haven training was held at Gateway Community College, a NAFTC national training center member. This event was co-hosted by Gateway, the NAFTC, and Norwich Clean Cities. The training was conducted by Pete Polubiatko of the Norwich Clean Cities, Cathy Mezera of the NAFTC, and Wayne Demske of Gateway Community College. The training featured a presentation from Tom Gaudreu, a senior mechanic with Norwich Public Utilities, on Fleet Experience with Light and Heavy Duty Natural Gas and Electric Drive Vehicles.

One of the sections of PRT is a large overview of the Importance of Petroleum Reduction Technologies. This presentation was part of the Day One session at Gateway Community College in New Haven. Credit: NAFTC.

In Plano, the second day of the two-day session was held in conjunction with the fourth annual Texas Alt Car Conference and Expo. Mezera and Pamela Burns, of Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities, conducted the event. It was co-hosted by the NAFTC, Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities, and Tyler Junior College. The session featured workshops on natural gas, propane and biodiesel fleets hosted by David Briscoe of Tyler Junior College and concluded with a ride and drive event.

The Seattle session was held at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Mezera and Stephanie Meyn from Western Washington Clean Cities conducted the training. It was co-hosted by the NAFTC, Western Washington Clean Cities and Peninsula Community College. The training session featured a tour of the Seattle Tacoma International Airport’s facilities; the airport uses every major alternative fuel except ethanol in its daily operations.

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