Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities






Director Susan Pigg , Site Coordinator
email • (517) 393-0344, ext. 30 • Host PageTwitterFacebookYouTube


Sponsors/Partners: Lansing Community College


Maggie Striz Calnin, Site Coordinator
email • (313) 241-6211• Host PageTwitterFacebookYouTube


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Event Location:
Lansing Community College – West Campus
Automotive lab and adjacent classrooms
5708 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

Event Highlights: This event offered unique sessions to educate attendees on cleaner transportation technologies. The sessions covered eco-driving, highlights of the Lansing Community College’s student alternative fuel vehicle conversion projects, an overview of recent alternative fuel deployment projects in Michigan, highlights of Michigan State University’s solar car team vehicle building competition, an introduction to peak oil, coverage of ethanol as a regionally significant alternative fuel, and an introduction to local PEV deployment projects and usage research.

Display vehicles included a Michigan State University solar car, propane Ford truck (student conversion), electric S-10 (student), hydrogen-powered golf-cart, General Motors EV-1, Prius, Volt, and Sundance Chevrolet Volt.



8:00 – 8:50 am
Check-in; Breakfast; LCC Dean Kickoff Speech
Room: Auto Lab

9:00 – 9:50 am
Eco-Driving Session
Introduction to efficient driving techniques with Kristin of GLACC
Room: Classroom

10:00 – 10:50 am
Highlights From LCC’s Automotive Program
Discuss AFV projects, like the propane conversion, S10 conversion, and more with Jim Ripley and Students of LCC.
Room: Classroom

11:00 – 11:50 am
Alternative Fuel & Vehicle Deployment In Michigan
Discuss alternative fuel and vehicle deployment projects; what we’d like to do in the future, and more with Maggie of GLACC.
Room: Classroom

12:00 – 12:50 pm
Box lunches and networking
Room: Auto Lab

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Track 1: MSU Solar Car Team
Experiences of students in building and racing solar car with the MSU Solar Car team members.
Room: Classroom

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Track 2: Peak Oil: Is Resource Depletion Real?
Overview of oil depletion and relevance for public with Kurt Cobb
Room: Classroom B

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Biofuels In Michigan: Energy Independence Through Regionally Targeted Fuels (Ethanol)
Ethanol CEO to discuss biofuels today and outlook through and ethanol lens with Mitch Miller of Carbon Green BioEnergy.
Room: Classroom

3:00 – 3:50 pm
Local Projects: BWL Community EV – Bringing EVs to Mid-Michigan
Discussion of EV user experience; data; what has been learned through this innovative project with Angie Goodman of BWL and Cinda Eltzroth, a public participant.
Room: Classroom

3:50 – 4:00 pm
Closing Session
Brief closing statements, thanks, adjourn with the planning team.
Room: Classroom

Maggie Striz Calnin, Site Coordinator
email • (517) 925-8649 • Host PageTwitterFacebookYouTube

Marvin Argersinger, Site Coordinator
email • (517) 483-1375 • Host Page



Sponsors/Partners:  Michigan Corn Marketing Association

Attendance: 97 students, staff, consumers, industry experts

Event Highlights: National AFV Day Odyssey was hosted at Lansing Community College’s west campus in Michigan’s capital region. There was no charge for registered participants to attend. A variety of sessions covered advanced vehicle technology, eco-driving basics, gas-to-electric conversion, fuel quality, panel discussions on the business case for alternative fuels, and overviews of clean transportation projects in Michigan. There was also an advanced vehicle display including an ethanol-powered truck, a hybrid electric school bus, an electric GM EV-1, and many others.

Guest speakers represented Ford Motor Company, Michigan Propane Gas Association, Lansing Ice and Fuel, Crystal Flash Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Meijer, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities, Lansing Community College, and the Michigan Corn Growers Association. Highlights of the event included networking and discussions among participants. A crowd favorite was the eco-driving basics session.


Host Site Coordinator: Lansing Community College

Event Type: Educational Seminars, Vehicle Display

Attendees: 90 General Public, Students

Event Highlights: Lansing Community College’s 2008 National AFV Day Odyssey was kicked off with opening remarks from Marvin Argersinger, Director-Automotive Technology Program and Deborah Cole, Dean-Technology Careers Division. Attendees were then able to freely browse the vehicles on display throughout the day and attend numerous educational clinics, such as “Fuel Cell Operation and Use of Hydrogen” (Professor John Hanley, Lansing Community College), “Fuel Cell and Hybrid Technologies in Vehicles Today” (Mark Olance, Ford Motor Company), “Bio Fuels Research” ( Lars Peereboom, Ph.D., Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science), and “Hydraulic Hybrids-The Next Generation” (James A. O’Brien, Hybra-Drive Systems, LLC). Attendees were also presented with several fantastic door prizes and lunch.



Host Site Co-Coordinators: Lansing Community College and Lansing Clean Cities, Lansing, MI

Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Presentations, Workshops, Luncheon

Attendees: 103 Students, Educators, OEMs

Participating Sponsors / Partners: Michigan Corn Growers and Michigan Biodiesel

Event Highlights: A series of presentations took place that focused on cleaner air, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, and movement toward operating local transportation systems using domestically produced fuels such as natural gas, propane, and electricity and renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles were on display to show individuals what vehicles are currently available for purchase, along with vehicles still in the production stages, giving attendees a sneak peak at the future of technology.



Site: Lansing Community College/Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coalition/Greater Lansing Clean Cities

Format: Conference, Fair and Exhibit

Audience: Government Officials, Educators, Health Organization Representatives, Fleet Operators, and Students

Attendees: 160

Highlights: Clean Cities alternative fuels program on the impact of feedstock fuels and biodiesel’s impact on fleets. Ethanol and biodiesel emphasis by University of Michigan Solar Team. Ford fuel cellhydrogen tank. Current research and future applications of fuel cell technology. Gas grill giveaway for completing the Odyssey event survey.