The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) attended both the Clean Cities 20th Anniversary celebration and the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo.

The Clean Cities 20th Anniversary: Celebrating Today, Envisioning Tomorrow event was held on June 24th and highlighted the history, lessons learned, and successes of the program. Clean Cities, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy, was established in 1993 with a goal of reducing U.S. dependence on petroleum. With a national network of nearly 100 local coalitions, Clean Cities projects and activities have saved more than 4.5 billion gallons of petroleum and helped place more than 660,000 alternative fuel vehicles on the road. Clean Cities is also working to save 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year by 2020 through replacing petroleum with alternative and renewable fuels, reducing petroleum consumption through smarter driving practices and fuel economy improvements, and eliminating petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.

The event included a review of the history of the program, lessons learned, a look ahead to the next 20 years, and many special recognitions and awards.

The following transportation leaders were saluted during the event:

2013 Clean Cities Hall of Fame Inductees
•Yvonne Anderson, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator
•Rita Ebert, Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator

Industry Marathon Champions
•Cummins Westport: Natural gas truck and bus engines
Longest continuously available heavy-duty dedicated AFV product line
•American Honda: Civic Natural Gas
Longest continuously available light-duty dedicated AFV product line

Alternative Transportation Pioneer
•Melissa Howell, Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership Coordinator

Benjamin Watson Award
•Rita Ebert, Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator

Lifetime Mentors and Trusted Advisors
•Beth Ardisana
•Dave Gelman
•Jill Hamilton
•Mike Laughlin
•Cliff Gladstein
•Dr. David Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


_Rita Ebert (left), Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator, was honored as the recipient of the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award. Stephanie Meyn (right), Western Washington Clean Cities (Seattle)Western Washington Clean Cities (Seattle) presented the award, developed in honor of Benjamin Watson, a founding member and long-time coordinator of Kansas City Regional Clean Cities. The award is presented by the Clean Cities Coordinator Council each year to the coordinator who best provides inspiration and motivation to other coordinators. _

The NAFTC’s Acting Director, William A. (Bill) Davis, and Assistant Director—Communications and Outreach, Judy Moore attended the anniversary event. Moore noted, “The NAFTC was created in the same timeframe as the National Clean Cities Program and has had a long-standing partnership with the program. We were excited to attend the celebration of the Clean Cities Program 20th anniversary. The hard work and dedication of the Clean Cities Program staff and coalitions has made a significant difference in lessening our dependence on foreign oil over the last 20 years. The anniversary celebration was a true walk through the past of the great successes of the program and the coalitions, and the room was bursting with pride. Congratulations to the Clean Cities Program for a fantastic 20 years and we can’t wait to see what the next 20 bring.”

Following the Clean Cities event, the ACT Expo was held June 24-27. The ACT Expo helps to expand industry awareness and adoption of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The Opening Keynote Address, presented by Thomas O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of TravelCenters of America (TA), addressed TA’s plan to construct and operate a network of natural gas fueling lanes at its existing locations, as well as the key considerations for fleets considering clean vehicle technologies. Other workshop sessions presented the latest OEM technologies and aftermarket solutions, fueling infrastructure solutions, total cost of ownership case studies, industry trends, and important public policy considerations.


Dennis Smith, National Clean Cities Director, Office of Vehicle Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy, provided the conference welcome and opening remarks at the ACT Expo Opening Lunch. Credit: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

The ACT Expo exhibit hall featured a wide array of display vehicles with alternative fuel systems, including natural gas, hybrid, electric, propane, hydrogen, and clean diesel. Attendees were able to test-drive over 30 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles during the Ride & Drive Event.

“The ACT Expo was a fantastic event that showcased the cleaner choices in transportation available to the fleet managers and general public. Natural gas, propane autogas, biofuels, hydrogen, and electric drive vehicles were all on display in the exhibit hall. The displays included light-duty cars and pickups, medium-duty vans and delivery vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, and over-the-road tractor trailers running on various fuels. The education and information sessions were very helpful in understanding the industry of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The networking available was invaluable in bringing together the industry and the consumers. (And Schwan’s reminded everybody that they have been using alternative fuels for a long time, by providing ice cream treats to attendees in the exhibit hall from their propane fueled vehicle.)” – Bill Davis, NAFTC.


Shell and TravelCenters of America LLC have finalized an agreement to develop a U.S. nationwide network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling centers for heavy-duty road transport customers. A Shell liquefied natural gas fueling station unit was on exhibit at the ACT Expo. Credit: NAFTC

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