Odyssey 2012 to Kick off in Indianapolis

The National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey national media kickoff event will be Oct. 18 in Indianapolis. Hosted by Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, the occasion will serve as the official kickoff for the more than 150 Odyssey events taking place across the country on that day. The exact location of the event will be announced in the coming weeks. Ody2012Poster_SQUARE

Coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, Odyssey brings together many organizations, vehicle manufacturers and businesses to showcase alternative transportation technologies and their benefits.

“We are excited to kick off National AFV Day Odyssey in Indianapolis,” said Al Ebron, NAFTC executive director and Odyssey coordinator. “This year’s event will mark the 10-year anniversary of Odyssey, and we are proud to showcase how it has grown into the largest nationwide event dedicated to promoting the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.”

With more than 150 events taking place on Oct. 18, the NAFTC anticipates reaching more people than ever this year. Each event is designed to help individuals learn more about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, so they can make better choices in transportation.

“Plans are underway to set the bar even higher for this year, anticipating 250,000 attendees at 150 events and reaching more than 100 million people through media outlets,” Ebron said.

odyssey1 Participants listen to government officials speak during New Jersey Clean Cities’ 2010 Odyssey event. Credit: National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC)

As in the past, all host site coordinators will receive access to the online Site Coordinator’s Notebook filled with media templates, event ideas, promotional materials and detailed instructions to help with the event planning process.

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the NAFTC will again offer $1,000 per traditional site to the first 100 organizations that sign up to help offset the cost of conducting an Odyssey event. In addition, $250 will be provided to the first 50 secondary school sites to sign up to host an event.

odyssey2 Students at East Fairmont High School, in Fairmont, W.Va., complete participant surveys during the school’s 2010 Odyssey event. Credit: NAFTC

“Today’s secondary school students may become tomorrow’s engineers, technicians and consumers of alternative fuel vehicles,” Ebron said. “It is important secondary school students learn about the benefits and challenges of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.”

To host an Odyssey event, please visit www.afvdayodyssey.org/host and click on Site Coordinator Application. If you have any questions contact Virginia McMillen at Odyssey_Planner@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7882.