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Chicago Area Clean Cities and West Chicago Fire Protection District Provide Alternative Fuels Training for First Responders

Friday, November 9th, 2018

WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 9, 2018 – Chicago Area Clean Cities and the West Chicago Fire Protection District teamed up today to provide training for first responders to learn how to handle incidents involving alternative-fuel vehicles. The hands-on training allowed participants to learn how to respond to emergency events via simulated emergencies, using alt-fuel vehicles provided by local fleets.

“Alternative-fuel vehicles are becoming more popular for many reasons,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “They have lower tailpipe emissions, they reduce the use of petroleum, they are quieter, and they can help fleets save money.

“With the growing number of alternative fuel and electric vehicles on the roads, it is important for first responders to understand the properties of fuels such as natural gas, propane, and ethanol, as well as the battery technologies used in today’s electric vehicles,” Walton said. “They are different than traditional gasoline and diesel fuels.

“For example, with electric vehicles, emergency responders may need to know where to cut power wires to disable high-voltage circuits,” Walton added. “Gaseous fuels are invisible. Propane is heavier than air, and natural gas lighter than air, so awareness of how to react relates to the fuel properties. The locations of fuel shutoffs on gaseous-fuel vehicles are different than liquid-fuel vehicles, as well.”

As a part of the training, first responders also participate in online, self-guided training provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more, visit http://chicagocleancities.org.

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Featured at Cook County Green Fair

Monday, September 17th, 2018

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill., Sept. 17, 2018 – As a part of the American Lung Association’s 7-state Midwest EVOLVE program, electric vehicles will be offered to the public for test drives at the Cook County Green Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Green Fair, hosted by the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability, offers attendees the chance to shred paper, recycle electronics, take a test drive in an electric vehicle, and learn about environmentally friendly solutions.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition is hosting an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive at the Green Fair as a part of the 7-state Midwest EVOLVE project, which emphasizes the clean-air benefits, cost savings, and fun of plug-in electric cars. The fair is being hosted at the Cook County Courthouse at 10220 S 76th Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455.

At Midwest EVOLVE events, consumers, government officials, fleet administrators, and dealership personnel have an opportunity to learn about the advantages of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work, or at public charging stations.

Cook County Green Fair participants include Chicago Area Clean Cities, the Cook County Sheriff, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and Citizens Utility Board.

The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more or locate Midwest EVOLVE events, visit MidwestEVOLVE.org or follow EVOLVE via TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit http://chicagocleancities.org.

To learn more, visit Green Fair. For questions about the fair, please email environment@cookcountyil.gov or call 312-603-3459.

 

 

Dozens of Ride & Drives Hosted in Midwest during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2018 – The American Lung Association’s seven-state Midwest EVOLVE project is serving as a catalyst to get people behind the wheel of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16.

The program, called Midwest EVOLVE, emphasizes the clean-air benefits, cost savings, and fun of plug-in electric cars. The vehicles are being showcased in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Nearly three dozen National Drive Electric Week events are being held in states that are part of Midwest EVOLVE – which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience – a partnership between the American Lung Association and Clean Cities coalitions throughout the Midwest to demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.

At Midwest EVOLVE events, consumers, government officials, fleet administrators, and dealership personnel have an opportunity to learn about the advantages of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work, or at public charging stations.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, due to the large number of models available, their extended range, decrease in cost, and more charging stations,” said Lisa Thurstin, coordinator of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, who oversees Midwest EVOLVE. “There’s no better way to experience the performance and clean-air advantages of electric vehicles than to get behind the wheel and experience them for yourself.”

As a part of Midwest EVOLVE, the American Lung Association and the Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwestern states are hosting events to educate consumers about electric vehicles. Events include ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest.

During National Drive Electric Week, dozens of events are being held in the Midwest, including:

“The Midwest is often overlooked as a market for electric vehicles,” Thurstin said. “Sometimes new EVs are first available in California or New York, so as a consumer you have to be vocal that you want the latest and greatest technology to be available at a dealer near you.

“Our Clean Cities partners throughout the Midwest are working with automakers and local dealerships to line up vehicles for test drives, to make sure that consumers in the Midwest get a chance learn about their advantages and figure out what best fits their needs,” Thurstin said.

Midwest EVOLVE launched in early 2017 with more than 60 partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, PlugInConnect, automakers, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships, and dealer associations. Midwest EVOLVE has had approximately 75,000 people attend more than 100 events since the program began.

Overall, more than 250 National Drive Electric Week events are taking place this year throughout the U.S. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up with local groups to organize events. For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit driveelectricweek.org.

The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more or locate Midwest EVOLVE events, visit MidwestEVOLVE.org or follow EVOLVE via TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn.

Clean Cities Hosts Clean Air Golf Outing, Clean Vehicle Seminar Highlighting Telematics

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2018 – The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition hosts its 18th annual Clean Air Golf Outing on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Maple Meadows Golf Club, 272 S. Addison Road in Wood Dale.

The day will kick off with a free Clean Vehicles Seminar on how to “Reduce Vehicle Emissions via Telematics and Connected Vehicles,” followed by an afternoon of golf and dinner.

Speakers from the following companies will discuss the advantages of telematics:

“Telematics and connected vehicles are a hot topic with fleets and for good reason,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “As they say, ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.’ By using a telematics system on your vehicles, you can save fuel and time, and reduce your environmental footprint while improving the fleets’ productivity. The right system helps you to cut costs.

“We’ll have experts available at the seminar and golf outing who will teach you to use telematics to more effectively manage your fleet,” Walton said. “We’ve been hosting our golf outing for nearly 20 years, and we have people join us from throughout the Chicago area who are experts at technological solutions that help fleets realize a fast return on investment, while also improving air quality and saving fuel.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 24 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency in the transportation sector in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, commercial fleets, auto manufacturers, dealerships, environmental organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use.

In 2017, Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition member fleets displaced 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 178,000 metric tons.

To register for seminar and golf outing, visit https://cleancitiesgolf.eventbrite.com. The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 31.

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit http://chicagocleancities.org.

When Fleets Are Converted to Run on Alternative Fuels, It Saves Consumers Money. Here’s Why.

Monday, July 30th, 2018

This story in the Chicago Tribune explains the advantages of why using alternative fuels for your fleet not only helps the environment, but it saves consumers money too. To read the story, click the photo or the headline.

Environmental and Economic Benefits of Propane Vehicles Showcased at Clean Cities Event

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

LEMONT, Ill., July 23, 2018 – In its drive to reduce harmful transportation emissions, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition, along with the Propane Education & Research Council, invites fleet managers, school administrators, vehicle providers, equipment manufacturers, fuel providers, and the public to attend a workshop about the advantages of powering vehicles with propane.

The program, called “Propane Power in the Preserves,” will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St. Lemont, IL 60439. Propane vehicles also will be available for test drives.

“There are many fleets throughout the Chicago area using propane to power their vehicles, including passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, police cars, delivery vehicles, cargo vans, shuttles, and school buses,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “Using propane to power vehicles has environmental and economic benefits. It’s a safe and easy-to-use fuel that has lower tailpipe emissions. It also is quieter than diesel combustion and costs less than diesel or gasoline.

“We’re holding the event with the Propane Education & Research Council to show commercial and government fleets how to go green while saving green,” Walton said.

The program is open to anyone who wants to learn about the advantages of using propane as a transportation fuel as well as those who currently own or operate propane-powered fleet vehicles. Register for the free event at https://propanepower.eventbrite.com.

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas, has a proven track record of success in a wide variety of vehicle applications, including school buses, public and private transit, delivery services, law enforcement, and work trucks.

Globally, propane is the most widely-used alternative fuel, and nearly 90 percent of propane supplies are produced in the U.S. Fleets can significantly reduce greenhouse gas, NOx, and SOx emissions compared to diesel and gasoline, while also cutting fuel and maintenance costs, too.

Propane comes from both the refining of crude oil and processing of natural gas. It is nontoxic and water insoluble. Unlike gasoline or diesel fuel, propane is a liquid only when under high pressure (as in a tank), so any leaks evaporate, preventing fuel from entering ground or surface water. Propane also burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 25 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent, as well as reducing emissions of other air pollutants.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Greg Zilberfarb, Propane Education & Research Council
  • Aaron DeWeese, Illinois Propane Gas Association
  • John Benish Jr., Cook-Illinois Corporation
  • Tom Thompson, Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Tom Hopkins, ROUSH CleanTech
  • Lynn Stafford, Stag USA
  • Christina Roberts, Suburban Propane

The program will culminate with a tour of the Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve, which features unique plants and rock formations.

Members of the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition include public and private fleets throughout the six-county Chicago area. Coalition stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use and lead to improved air quality.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane- powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. To learn more about propane autogas fleet vehicles, visit propane.com/on-road-fleets.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit http://chicagocleancities.org.

Chicago Area Clean Cities Member Fleets Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 178,000 Metric Tons in 2017

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

CHICAGO, June 20, 2018 – Chicago Area Clean Cities today announced that in 2017 commercial and government fleets that participate in its coalition displaced 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 159,000 tons.

“In one year’s time, our member fleets reduced the equivalent of greenhouse gases from 38,000 passenger vehicles and carbon dioxide emissions from 194 million pounds of coal burned,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities.

“Chicago has commercial and government fleets using all types of clean-vehicle technologies, including electric and hybrid, compressed natural gas, propane, and biodiesel,” Bingham said. “We work with some of the most environmentally responsible fleets in the nation. Their efforts help improve air quality and also provide a solid return on investment.”

Members of Chicago Area Clean Cities include public and private fleets throughout the six-county Chicago area. The Windy City is the third largest city in the U.S. with a population of nearly 9 million people in the six-county Chicago area.

The U.S. is 92 percent dependent on petroleum to transport goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2017, the U.S. imported 3.7 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $200 billion.

“The accomplishments of our member fleets in 2017 are equivalent to the COemissions reduced from 45 wind turbines,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “Combined with the efforts of other Clean Cities coalitions around the U.S., reductions in fuel usage and lowered emissions really add up and make a huge difference in our communities on air quality.

“The trend towards using more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels continues,” Walton added. “Fuel prices keep rising, and we forecast the use of clean vehicles to gain even more momentum as a result.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 24 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use.

“We are proud of the work of the companies and government agencies in our region that are taking steps to ‘go green’ with their fleets,” Bingham said. “They provide a community service by improving air quality and reducing our nation’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit www.ChicagoCleanCities.org.

Under Pressure from Environmental Groups, Illinois EPA Announces More Public Hearings for VW Settlement Funding

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

CHICAGO, May 16, 2018 – Last week, under pressure from environmental groups, the Illinois EPA (IEPA) announced it would host three additional public outreach sessions on its draft plan to use the state’s $108 million allocation as part of the Volkswagen diesel scandal settlement.

The Illinois EPA has posted a Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan detailing its proposal to spend 65 percent of funds on locomotive and non-road projects. CACC believes this allocation towards locomotives is disproportionate to NOx emissions sources in our region. IEPA’s own studies show that diesel emissions from locomotives only account for three percent of emissions in the Cook County, while emissions from the on-road diesel vehicles such as commercial trucks and buses are responsible for 29 percent of NOx emissions.

The new public hearings will be held in the evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, Illinois EPA Headquarters (North Entrance), Sangamo Conference Room, 1000 East Converse, Springfield
  • Thursday, May 24, St. Paul Baptist Church, 1500 Bond Avenue, St. Louis
  • Wednesday, May 30, James R. Thompson Center, Auditorium, 100 West Randolph, Chicago

“‪Chicago Area Clean Cities and its stakeholders support an open process for consideration of Illinois’ $108 million share of the VW Settlement,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “This has not been an open process, and so far, most of the IEPA’s process has taken place behind closed doors. There should be hearings that are transparent like in other states. There are many experts on clean transportation whose voices should be heard.”

Another example of the lack of transparency, said Walton, is survey results asking for public comment about the IEPA’s plan have not been made public. “Those results should be made public immediately,” Walton said.

This is the third part of a record $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal. According to the agreement and a mitigation trust fund that was established, $2.7 billion is being allocated to individual states, based on the number of affected Volkswagen owners, to use as the states see fit. The State of Illinois’ share of the settlement is $108 million.

“The $108 million could serve as a catalyst to reduce pollution and spur economic development in Illinois over the next 10 years.” Walton added. “We suspect that options for using the funding in the wisest manner have not yet been examined. The IEPA, as appointed by the governor to oversee this fund, seems to have a plan that hasn’t yet been fully vetted.”

Recently, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 3101 that would make it a law to have an oversight committee decide how the $108 million for Illinois is to be spent. The bill has been sent to the House. Chicago Area Clean Cities supports that bill, Walton said.

“The final plan should rely on the best way to reduce pollution per dollar spent, and an oversight committee should oversee the decision-making process,” Walton said. “We hope the IEPA will listen and incorporate the feedback it hears from the public, environmental groups, and clean-transportation experts on how the VW funding should be spent in Illinois.”

The IEPA’s initial window for public input was February 28 to April 20, 2018, while other states have allowed for up to a year of public hearings on how their share of the total $2.7 billion would be spent.

“In addition to reducing pollution, this money should be spent in Illinois,” Walton said. “There are dozens of Illinois businesses that specialize in clean-vehicle technologies, conversions, and alternative fuels. Spending large portions of this money with companies outside of Illinois is not a good solution to help economic development in Illinois.”

IEPA’s VW Settlement webpage, available at www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/air-quality/vw-settlement/index, includes information on the Agency’s Draft BMP and other aspects of the VW Settlement. Public comments on the draft plan should be sent to EPA.VWSettlement@illinois.gov.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition whose mission over the last 24 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of local governments, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce pollution.In 2016, CACC stakeholders reduced more than 26 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and 230,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is the equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions from 3,100 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline.

CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit www.chicagocleancities.org.

 

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Joe Koenig
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Major Green Fleet Conference Hosted in Naperville by Clean Cities

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

CHICAGO, May 10, 2018 – Three Midwestern Clean Cities coalitions are hosting a major Chicago-area green technology conference on May 17.

The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host the 2018 Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois.

“At Green Drives, we connect the people and technologies that help make sustainable transportation a reality,” said John Walton, chair of Chicago Area Clean Cities. “As one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest, this conference is a great opportunity to learn about electric vehicles, alternative fuels, charging and fueling infrastructure, as well as funding and incentive programs to help green your fleet.

“In 2017, more than 40 percent of our attendees were representatives from commercial and governmental fleets,” Walton added.

Speakers and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of “MotorWeek,” television’s longest-running automotive series.
  • John Boesel, president and CEO, CALSTART.
  • Dean Stapleton, senior manager, alternative fuels, Penske Truck Leasing.
  • Doyle Sumrall, managing director, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
  • Adam Goldstein, managing partner and chief technical officer for North American Operations, STAG USA.
  • Julie Furber, executive director, electrification business, Cummins.
  • Richard D. Cupka Jr., sustainability and Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program manager, commercial vehicles, Ford Motor Company.
  • Susan Keenehan, regional director, North Central Region, General Motors Fleet.
  • Advanced technologies, electric vehicles and alternative fuels will be showcased, including three-dozen green vehicles and 20 indoor exhibitors.
  • An alternative-fuel-vehicle ride-and-drive will be held.
  • Businesses and municipalities will discuss how they went green with their fleets and saved money!

“Green Drives showcases fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technologies for commercial, governmental and consumer use,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, which serves Northern Indiana. “It also shines the spotlight on fleets in the tristate region that operate using clean-burning fuels. Attendees will hear first-hand experiences from fleet managers who are using natural gas, propane, electric vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies.”

At the conference, the leaders of the three coalitions will also offer updates on funding opportunities and incentives that make clean transportation more affordable.

“Whether you are a small or large business, a fleet administrator, a dealer principal, a fuel supplier, a conversion company or work in clean technology and clean energy, there will be topics of interest and networking opportunities for you at Green Drives,” said Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities. “We understand the challenges of busy schedules and budget constraints. This one-day event provides attendees with all of the benefits of a multi-day conference in a central location to make it more accessible to a larger audience.”

NIU’s Conference Center is located at 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563. To register for tickets, or sponsor the event, visit https://2018greendrives.eventbrite.com.

About the Lake Michigan Consortium

The Lake Michigan Consortium is comprised of three Clean Cities Coalitions: Chicago Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities and Wisconsin Clean Cities. The three nonprofit coalitions are focused on promoting cleaner energy for private and public fleets in the Chicago area, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana.

Created in 1999, the consortium is made up of more than 500 member organizations. It serves a geographic population of nearly 16 million people with 11 counties that hold non-attainment status for the U.S. EPA 2008 Ground Ozone standard.

The trio of coalitions holds numerous outreach events and trainings aimed at educating the public, fleets, and automotive technicians. There are nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling and improve fuel economy and air quality. To become involved, visit www.ChicagoCleanCities.org, www.wicleancities.org, and www.southshorecleancities.org.

 

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Joe Koenig
(708) 613-5005

 

Chicago Science Expo to Feature Electric Vehicle Test Drives

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

CHICAGO, May 8, 2018 – Consumers attending the Illinois Science Council’s (ISC) Chicago Science Expo 2018 will have the chance to test-drive all-new electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vehicles available for the outdoor test-drives include the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF, new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. The test-drives are being hosted by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition, a nonprofit coalition focused on clean-transportation solutions for the six-county Chicago area, and are made possible via the American Lung Association’s Midwest EVOLVE program.

“If you’ve wondered what it’s like to drive an electric car, this is your chance to get behind the wheel,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “We’re offering free test-drives of some of the newest, best-performing electric and hybrid vehicles. For many, this will be the first time they’ve had the chance to check out the great performance and environmental benefits of electric vehicles.”

Consumers who would like to test-drive vehicles should attend the Chicago Science Expo and register at the Chicago Area Clean Cities table on the Merchandise Mart’s South driveway. The Merchandise Mart is located at 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654.

A solar electric car, two Formula race cars (electric and combustion), and a Baja car (combustion) will also on display. These cars are designed and built for competitions by student engineering teams from the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The race cars are available for viewing (not test-drives) and student engineers will be on hand to answer questions. More information and photos of the race cars are at  http://bit.ly/ScienceFestCarShow.

Midwest EVOLVE, a partnership between the American Lung Association and Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwestern states, emphasizes the clean-air advantages, cost-savings, and performance of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Midwest EVOLVE is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more, visit www.midwestevolve.org or follow Midwest EVOLVE on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean-energy and clean-air solutions for transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel efficiency and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. The coalition also is a partner in Midwest EVOLVE, a seven-state project to educate consumers about the clean-air and performance advantages of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. To get involved, visit ChicagoCleanCities.org.

Illinois Science Council (ISC) is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in our everyday lives. ISC showcases the scientists and research of the Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation’s true “City of Science.” ISC serves as the science and tech complement to the region’s arts and culture offerings by raising understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects. Science Expo Day on May 12 is part of ISC’s 4th annual Chicago Science Festival, a full week of events for the ‘science curious.’ Follow Illinois Science Council on TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn, and Chicago Science Fest at ChicagoScienceFest.org and #ChiSciFest2018.

 

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