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2018 Green Drives$ Conference and Expo

When Thursday, May 17, 2018
from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
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Where NIU Naperville Meeting and
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1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
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The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host the 2018 Green Drives Conference & Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville on Thursday, May 17.

Green Drives is one of the largest green-transportation conferences held in the Midwest. The annual conference is a must-attend event for public and private fleets, including commercial and municipal fleet managers, as well as federal, state and local government officials, dealerships, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, small businesses, and clean-tech and clean-energy professionals.

Speakers and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Boesel, president and CEO, CALSTART.
  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of “MotorWeek,” television’s longest-running automotive series.
  • Doyle Sumrall, managing director, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
  • Julie Furber, executive director, electrification business, Cummins.
  • Advanced technologies, electric vehicles and alternative fuels will be showcased, including 40 green vehicles and up to 25 indoor exhibitors.
  • An alternative-fuel vehicle ride-and-drive will be held.
  • Executives from automakers will discuss their newest vehicles and technologies.
  • Businesses and municipalities will discuss how they went green with their fleets.


Going green pays off, and Clean Cities wants to show you how!

About the Lake Michigan Consortium

Lake Michigan Consortium Logo copy 2The 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 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.


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2018 Green Drive$ Conference & Expo – Agenda

8-8:30 AM Registration and Coffee & Tea with Atrium Exhibitors
8:30-8:45 AM Welcome by Lake Michigan Consortium
8:45-9:20 AM John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART

Doyle Sumrall, Managing Director, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry

John Davis of MotorWeek Television

9:20-9:25 AM Transition to Breakout Sessions
9:30 AM Chevrolet | Cummins | Automaker TBA | Alt Fuels 101
10 AM Sessions repeat
10:30 AM Sessions repeat
11-11:15 AM Refreshment Break with Atrium Exhibitors
11:15 AM Visit Vehicle Displays and Exhibitors / Ride & Drives
12:15 PM Lunch - Sponsored by TBA
12:30 PM Luncheon Remarks: The Payoff for Going Green for Private and Public Fleets
1:15 PM Transition time
1:20 PM Breakout sessions

  • Financing & Leasing
  • Telematics & Connectivity
  • Fleet Success Stories
2:10-3 PM Sessions Repeat
3 PM Conclusion of Afternoon Sessions
3-4:30 PM Reception

Our Speakers

John H. Davis
Creator, Host and Executive Producer

John H. DavisJohn Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, will serve as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at Green Drive$. Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, Velocity and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country.

More than three decades after its debut on public television in 1981, MotorWeek remains the leading source of unbiased information on automotive safety, fuel efficiency and in-depth car and truck reviews. Davis oversees the show’s editorial content, travels the world covering auto shows and new vehicle launches, and steers the series’ increasingly high-profile efforts in covering green-motoring technologies and the use of alternative fuels.


Doyle Sumrall
Managing Director
NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry

Doyle SumrallDoyle Sumrall’s insights come from more than 30 years of engineering and business management experience. Prior to his current management role at the NTEA, he held several executive positions, including vice president of manufacturing for Stahl/Scott Fetzer Company and director of engineering and operations and general manager of hydraulics for WALTCO Truck Equipment Co. Doyle also serves as managing director of the Green Truck Association, NTEA’s well-known affiliate division which focuses on green truck products, truck technology developments and alternative fuel initiatives. Doyle is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SA) and serves on the Board of Clean Fuels Ohio.

Julie Furber
Executive Director of Electrified Power
Cummins, Inc.

Julie FurberJulie Furber is the Executive Director of the Electrified Power segment at Cummins. She is responsible for overseeing the development and acceleration of Cummins knowledge and capability in electrification, positioning the company to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in commercial and industrial markets.

A disruptor at heart, Julie has been at the forefront of identifying the products and solutions critical to the success of Cummins customers. Prior to leading the Electrification business, Julie was responsible for product planning and product management across the company’s $8-billion Engine Business, the largest of Cummins’ four business segments. This included all new product programs, market-based innovation and new business incubation.

Julie joined Cummins in 2005 as the Global Finance Director for Cummins Generator Solutions, based in Stamford, England. She then moved to the United States where she has held a variety of key commercial roles, which included leading the global off-highway business for Cummins Emission Solutions, serving as the Global Integrated Account Management leader for PACCAR, Cummins’ largest customer, and leading the entire North American Truck team.

Prior to joining Cummins, Julie had more than 15 years of business leadership experience in sales, operations and finance in diverse industries, including security printing, glass and food.

A native of the United Kingdom, Julie is a qualified accountant and holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Oxford University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Julie and her husband, Paul, have two daughters and reside in Columbus, Indiana.


Event Sponsors & Exhibitors To Be Announced