The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted Petroleum Reduction Technologies (PRT) Train-the-Trainer webinars for Clean Cities coordinators on Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 28. The NAFTC developed the PRT curriculum and conducted these webinars as part of the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative, to provide an overview of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in a format that coordinators could efficiently disseminate to broader audiences.
The PRT curriculum includes a section on each of the major alternative fuels: biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electric drive, as well as information on fuel economy, idle reduction, fleet applications, and an overview of the importance of petroleum reduction technologies. Credit: NAFTC
“The Petroleum Reduction Technologies materials are not as technical as traditional Train-the-Trainer courses,” said CCLP project manager Catherine Mezera. “The PRT curriculum focuses on providing Clean Cities coordinators with a broad range of tools to showcase the importance and types of alternative fuel vehicles to audiences with widely varying backgrounds, from lay people with no automotive background, to highly trained technicians.”
In the fall of 2012, the NAFTC hosted a series of six training classes for Clean Cities coordinators across the country. February’s webinars were geared specifically to those coordinators that were unable to attend one of the classes or who were interested in refreshing their command of the material. Approximately 50 coordinators attended the six training sessions and 41 attended the webinars.
In addition to these classes and webinars, every Clean Cities Coalition received a complimentary copy of the PRT Curriculum Instructor’s Manual. The manuals were sent out in early February to give coordinators time to review the material before the final webinars. The PRT Instructor’s Manual is a resource to aid in the awareness of the benefits of using alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. This manual was designed to be used for a variety of presentation deliveries for a variety of audiences, including: state, county, and local government officials; fleet managers; stakeholders; private and public organizations; the general public; automotive technicians; and concerned citizens. The materials are designed in a modular format which allows the instructor to include or exclude modules and lessons as needed.
The PRT curriculum includes a section on each of the major alternative fuels: biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electric drive, as well as information on fuel economy, idle reduction, fleet applications, and an overview of the importance of petroleum reduction technologies. The webinars provided an overview on how to use the materials and a walk through of the first section of the Instructor’s Manual: The Importance of Petroleum Reduction Technologies.