Event Highlights: Blue Ridge Community College hosted 700 high school juniors from Henderson County Public Schools as part of a college visit day and their Odyssey event. Many of these students were interested in a career in alternative fuel vehicles and were given the opportunity to tour the alternative fuel lab for training sessions. David Reiff from Asheville BMW and Doug Camp from Bryan Easler Toyota spoke with the students about career opportunities in this sector.
Sponsors/Partners: Blueridge Biofuels
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Flat Rock, NC
Event Highlights: The 2012 Blue Ridge Community College’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey was held in the college’s new Alternative Transportation Technologies Lab. Vehicles displayed outside included a 2012 Chevy Volt, a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, a 2002 Toyota Prius, a 2003 Toyota Prius, a 2010 E-Ride Electric truck, a 2004 GEM police vehicle, a 2007 Crown Victoria with ICOM LPI (propane), a 2012 Honda Civic CNG, a SKAG mower converted to propane, and a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (biodiesel). Additionally, demonstrations were held inside of the lab. A biodiesel lab was displayed near Blueridge Biofuels education station.
Sponsors/Partners: Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Advantage West Economic Development Group
Attendance: 160 consumers, high school and college students, faculty
Event Highlights: Odyssey was held during the Clean Energy Now Conference at Blue Ridge Community College. The event received a great deal of exposure from the local television station WLOS. More than twenty-five vehicles were on display, supplied by local dealerships and enthusiasts. There were CNG and propane vehicles from AltechEco and Alliance Auto Gas, and various hybrids from the local Ford, Toyota, and Mercury dealerships were showcased. Additionally, there were electric vehicles from the area’s Chrysler Global Electric Motorcars dealer and a local golf cart dealer. There were also flexible fuel, plug-in hybrids, electric bicycles, and some commercial vehicles converted to CNG. Inside the lobby of the conference site, there were nearly twenty vendor booths with great company displays.
The conference had many guest speakers and five breakout sessions. Congressman Heath Shuler was one of the opening speakers and Jennifer Bumgarner, Assistant Secretary for Energy, North Carolina Commerce, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Terry Albrecht from Waste Reduction Partners, Maggie Ullman from City of Asheville Works, Wesley Greene from sgblue Inc., Glenn Mauney from the North Carolina Combined Heat and Power Initiative, Jonathan Navarro from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, and Anne Tazewell from the North Carolina Solar Center.
Contact: Chris English
Co-Host Contact: Matt Rieger