Automotive and transportation instructors from Houston Community College and San Jacinto Community College joined together to bring the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) to Houston, TX to conduct a two-day Petroleum Reduction Technologies Train-the-Trainer Course June 23. The two schools plan to utilize the course material and incorporate the information into their existing classes.
This course is the first in a series of five to be conducted by the NAFTC as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) Houston-Galveston Clean Cities Coalition’s Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets grant.
The training is aimed at reducing petroleum consumption and its effects on the economy, health, and the environment. The course highlights six alternative fuels and two technologies and strategies that can help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Attendees participated in a series of interactive debates on the merits and limitations of biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electric drive over the course of the two-day training. The debate-style format encouraged active participation and engagement from all of the attendees.
Attendees were also given tips for increasing the fuel economy of their vehicles, tips on idle reduction, and information on how each alternative fuel is used in fleet applications.
Collectively, these six alternative fuels and two technologies and strategies can help to provide alternatives to gasoline, reduce emissions ranging from carbon dioxide emissions to particulate matter (PM), and create positive economic change.
Automotive instructors from San Jacinto College, one of the NAFTC’s member schools, also participated in the training.
The PRT training curriculum was developed as part of the Clean Cities Learning Program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Initiative. For more information, please visit http://naftc.wvu.edu/course_workshop_information/prt.