Sponsors/Partners: Tidewater Community College Regional Automotive Center
Thursday, October 18, 2012
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tidewater Community College Regional Automotive Center
600 Innovation Dr.
Event Highlights: Virginia Clean Cities hosted two Odyssey events, which highlighted all alternative fuel solutions for fleets and municipalities around the southeastern Virginia corridor. The governor of Virginia had just released his plan to implement propane and natural gas in to the state fleet vehicles, and it had brought an uproar of excitement from private, public, and government fleets across the state. The goal at the event at Tidewater Community College was to highlight all the options for the fleets in attendance and let them talk with industry leaders and hear some presentations about how to switch their fleets over to alternative fuels and the economic and environmental benefits of doing so. Virginia Clean Cities also highlighted the green technologies of solar and wind power by bringing in the different departments from Tidewater Community College and a few of the industry leaders from the area.
Virginia Clean Cities’ Harrisonburg Odyssey Day Celebration was a community event held at the Turner Pavilion in downtown Harrisonburg. The event featured information sessions about alternative fuels and advanced technology research, vendor presentations, chances to ride and drive brand new alternative fuel vehicles in an Alternative Fuel Auto Show. Also, in collaboration with Firestone Complete Auto Care, the event featured free tire pressure checks and attendees received free pressure gauges. Tires were inflated using a compressor powered off of a solar-powered generator.
Sponsors/Partners: Tidewater Community College, Green Jobs Alliance
Attendance: 200 students, fleet owners, consumers
Event Highlights: The Hampton Roads Odyssey was held at the Tidewater Community College’s Regional Automotive Center where Virginia Clean Cities, in partnership with the college and Green Jobs Alliance, put their own spin on an already green day. Instead of educating the public only about alternative vehicle technologies in the area, they extended the scope of education to include all the alternative energy sources for a cleaner and greener living quality in the Hampton Roads area. Virginia Clean Cities gathered partners and sponsors from all over the greater Tidewater area to showcase their materials at booths stationed throughout the automotive center. The event also offered rides and show-and-tells for all alternative fuel vehicle types. There were government, private, and fleet cars that ranged from a hybrid electric Toyota Prius to a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Also displayed were propane mowers and electric police and rescue vehicles.
TCC Regional Automotive Center
600 Innovation Drive
Chesapeake, VA 80550
Host Site Coordinators: Association of Energy Conservation Professionals – organizer and Virginia Clean Cities – exhibitor
Event Type: Green Living and Energy Expo
Attendees: 2,500 Energy and Environmental Professionals, General Public
Event Highlights: The ninth-annual “Green Living and Energy Expo” was organized by the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals. The event featured 90 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, a green building tour, and a visit from the Energy Hog. Participants learned about clean transportation, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, and sustainable living. The following topics were represented at the expo: alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies, green building, land conservation, wind power, solar energy, weatherization, recycling, water conservation, energy efficient lighting, building science, geothermal heat pumps, energy efficient stoves, energy education, indoor air quality, energy star appliances, green investing, rainwater harvesting, and green products.