Fuel for Thought
Fuel For Thought: Reducing Green House Gas Emissions Through Alternative Fuels
Earth Day Coalition (EDC) is honored to receive support from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund to produce the Reducing Geenhouse Gas Emissions project, which will include three Fuel for Thought workshops designed for local fleet directors and one Workforce Development Opportunity in Alternative Fuels workshop for area educators. Fuel for Thought presentations will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about alternative fuels, funding availability for vehicles and infrastructure, and personnel training required for operating alternative fuel fleets. In partnership with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, EDC will develop career pathway materials that outline workforce opportunities within the alternative fuel industry that will be presented at a final workshop for educators in May.
The first of three Fuel for Thought workshops was held at Greater Cleveland RTA on Friday January 27. The workshop highlighted fleet applications of compressed natural gas with presentations from Bill Davis from the National Alternative Fuels Training Center, Marcus Gillette from the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, and Ace Taxi Owner Devo Bavishi. Environmental, economic and general benefits of CNG and renewable CNG (rCNG) were presented to local fleet managers, industry representatives and sustainability program managers. Bavishi, who operates a fleet of CNG taxi’s and manages a Clean Energy CNG fueling station, presented on the process of installing a CNG station as well as the benefits and challenges of operating a CNG fleet.
The following Fuel for Thought workshops will be held:
- The next workshop will highligh propane fuel, vehicles and infrastructure with presentations from Bill Davis (National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium) and Micheal Taylor from the Propane Education Research Council. The latest information on current funding opportunities, such as the Volkswagen Consent Decree and Partial Settlement and Alternative Fuel Loans, will be discussed. The Propane workshop will be held on Friday, February 24 from 9AM - 11AM at Bass Mazda.
Register HERE for the propane workshop!
- The Electric Vehicle worskhop will be held on Friday, March 24 from 9AM - 11AM at MotorCars Honda and will feature Daniel Dessauer from NASA Glenn Research Center, Jimmy Smith from Ohio EV Solutions and Micheal Smyth from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.
About our Partners
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), is a training organization that develops and disseminates state-of-the-art, award-winning curricula for automotive technicians, first responders, fleet managers, and numerous other audiences on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Founded in 1992, the NAFTC is a fuel-neutral organization, and presently offers more than 35 courses and workshops. The NAFTC consists of National and Associate Training Centers located nationwide, with international centers in Canada and China. Each center provides Training with Impact through its experienced instructors and real-world shop facilities. Numerous other members from small business, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission.
Bill Davis is the Director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC). He has been with the NAFTC for 17 years. He oversees daily operations of the NAFTC and its member educational institutions. He has managed funding of more than $37 million and was instrumental in the establishment of a new national headquarters operation and training facility; the growth of the NAFTC Headquarters from four personnel to 20; and the expansion of the National Training Center membership from 18 to its current size of nearly 50. Mr. Davis served with the U.S. Army for 16 years, attaining the rank of major, serving as company commander, support operations officer and U.S. Army Armor School branch chief. Prior to returning to WVU, he worked as an advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard as a curriculum development specialist and worked in sales and customer service for five years.
Micheal F. Smyth is the Assistant Director-Curriculum Development & Training for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) and has been with the NAFTC for six years. He directs the development of curricula and training programs for the NAFTC and maintains curriculum development and training coordination and collaboration with NAFTC members, West Virginia University, industry trade organizations and other organizations. Mr. Smyth has more than 15 years of experience in program and project management centered on information technology consultation, education and development.
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is a member-led non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of renewable natural gas (biogas, biomethane or 'RNG') as a clean, green, alternative and domestic energy resource. The RNG Coalition advocates for renewable natural gas development and deployment so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy supply.
Propane Education Research Council
The only energy council of its kind, PERC educates consumers about propane's many uses and benefits, leads safety and training efforts among propane retailers and consumers, and drives technology development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, affordable, American-made energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial building, agriculture, and material handling.
Ohio EV Solutions
As a Chargepoint distributor, Ohio EV Solutions can provide consulation and installation services for worksplace, municipality, retail lots and residential charging.
Mr. Gillette has represented the Renewable Natural Gas industry with the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) since 2014. He became Director of Public & Government Affairs in 2015. Based in Washington, DC, he advocates for biogas and RNG, educating policy and regulatory decision-makers on the benefits and deployment opportunities for RNG in North America. Mr. Gillette holds a Bachelor’s in Economics & Business from Westmont College and an MBA from American University’s Kogod School of Business.
Micheal Taylor joined PERC in March 2012 as the Director of Autogas Business Development. Michael’s primary role focuses on maintaining the sustainable growth of propane autogas vehicles in the U.S. through the continuous development of state of the art certified fuel system technologies coupled with successful commercialization practices and vehicle support systems provided by key strategic partnerships. Prior to joining PERC, Michael served as Director of Fleet Management at Heritage Propane from 2008-12. Recognized as one of the top 50 U. S. fleets with over 5,000 vehicles deployed daily, Michael played a key role in defining and establishing corporate policies and processes for vehicle specifications, procurement, operations and replacement practices for the Heritage Propane fleet. In 1985, Michael Taylor started his transportation career with Blue Bird, a major North American school bus manufacturer. His 22-year career included appointments to corporate sales and marketing positions and a 2-year stint as dealer principal in Indiana. As a propane industry volunteer, Michael served as chairman of the PERC Engine Fuel Advisory Committee from 2008-2011 and co-chairman of the Research and Technology Development Working Group from 2011-2012 prior to accepting his position as PERC Director. Both groups played key roles in funding the development of the certified propane autogas fuel systems available in the market today.
Jimmy Smith had been reading everything about electric vehicles for over a decade. Then, passion took Smith into EVs full time when he received his Nissan Leaf. Currently, Jimmy provides solutions for customers deciding to provide electric vehicle charging stations.