South Shore Clean Cities Coalition displayed three alternative fuel vehicles at Cowtober Fest at Fair Oaks Farms. Information was provided explaining National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey and the importance of alternative fuel vehicles. Participants were able to trick or treat, carve pumpkins, and enjoy other festival activities.
Sponsors/Partners: City of Crown Point, City of Valparaiso, Crossroad Chamber of Commerce, Green Town, Northern Indiana Planning Commission, Partners for Clean Air, Valparaiso Economic Development, Valparaiso University
Crown Point, IN
Event Highlights: South Shore Clean Cities had the opportunity to co-host two Odyssey events. The first was a local classic cruise night. The evening was filled with classic cars, muscle cars and the coalition’s new alternative fuel cars and trucks. The audience was very interested in comparing the horsepower from gasoline vehicles to the horsepower of newly converted alternative fuel vehicles. The second Odyssey event was held during Green Town Days at Valparaiso University. The audience included a mix of elected officials, local municipalities, school corporations, community leaders, business developers, local businesses and students. They were interested in fuel economy, costs and emissions.
Sponsor/Partner: City of Hammond, Indiana; Northwest Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO); Lake County Energy Task Force
Attendance: 300 consumers
Event Highlights: South Shore Clean Cities Coalition hosted a National AFV Day Odyssey event that educated community members about various alternative fuel vehicles and vehicle emission technologies. Held at the Jean Sheppard Community Center, the event featured several exhibitors, presenters and advisors. Display vehicles included electric, hybrid, flexible fuel (E85), and propane-powered vehicles.
Presentations covered petroleum reduction opportunities for consumers and quality of life improvements enhanced by implementing eco-driving techniques.
Contact: Carl & Lorrie Lisek, Co-coordinators
Host Site Coordinator and Co-Coordinators: U.S. Department of Energy, Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, Central IN Clean Cities Alliance, South Shore Clean Cities, IN Soybean Alliance, IN Corn Alliance, GM, EPIC and American Lung Association of IN
Event Type: I-65 BioFuels Corridor Project
Sponsors/Partners: Family Express Corporation, Gas City Fuel Retailers, and Thornton’s Quick Café and Market
Attendees: Approximately 15,000 Individuals Attended and/or Were Reached Through Media Coverage
Event Highlights: The I-65 America’s First BioFuels Corridor project allows owners of both flex fuel and diesel vehicles to travel from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico, the entire length of I- 65, on either E85 ethanol or B20 biodiesel. The IN E85 Drive was kicked off at the Family Express Station in Demotte and continued to Gas City in Hammond. The Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance began its Corridor Drive Event at GasAmerica, in Greenwood. Speakers and other project partners, like Brandon Seitz, the Director of the Indiana Office of Energy and Defense Development, were on hand in support of the event. The final site was in Clarksville, located just across the River from Louisville, KY. A panel discussion was also held on the I-65 Corridor Project discussing the next steps to take this concept national, providing biofuels to all of America. These events featured several free giveaways including carwashes and fuel gift cards. In talking with FFV owners, the resounding tone of excitement about America’s First Biofuels Corridor was overwhelming.
Host Site Coordinator: South Shore Clean Cities, St. John, IN, and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, East Chicago, IN
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Information Sessions
Attendees: 400 Students, Educators, General Public
Participating Sponsors /Partners: CNG Race Team and Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Council
Event Highlights: The South Shore Clean Cities/ Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana AFV Day Odyssey event was held at the Westfield Mall in Merrillville, Indiana. The well-attended event featured over 12 displays and 15 vehicles. The program also featured a Congressional Record from Congressman Peter Visclosky recognizing and paying tribute to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, and South Shore Clean Cities, Inc., for their work in promoting alternative fuel education!
Site: Ivy Tech State College/South Shore Clean Cities Coalition
Format: Traveling Caravan/Exhibit
Audience: General Public
Highlights: Hands-on exhibits at center court of local mall. Live remote with giveaways. Emission testing. Press event. Congressional record read by rep. of congress. Auto club participation. Poster contest with prizes. CNG race team.