Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition / Lawson State Community College, Bessemer


Alabama Gas Corporation, Alabama Power Company, Birmingham Business Alliance, Precision Sales & Services

Thursday, October 18, 2012
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Event Location:
Lawson State Community College
Birmingham, AL

Event Highlights: The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) partnered with Lawson State Community College (LSCC) and the Birmingham Business Alliance to promote and facilitate their National AFV Day Odyssey event—the Odyssey Day Business Roundtable—on the LSCC Birmingham campus. Speakers at the event included Danny Smith, vice president of state governmental affairs from UPS; Dr. Perry Ward, president of LSCC; Cedric Daniels from the Alabama Power Company; Bob Strickland from the Alabama Gas Corporation; Buddy Gamel from Precision Sales & Services; and Mark Bentley and Phillip Wiedmeyer from the ACFC. The two-hour conference promoted petroleum reduction by encouraging the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.

Lawson State student Ayobiyi Harris proudly displays a CNG Honda on at Lawson State Community College’s Odyssey event in Birmingham Alabama. Credit: Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition.

Mark Bentley, Site Coordinator
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Sponsors/Partners: Alabama Power Company, Alabama Gas Corporation, Precision Sales & Service, General Motors, Phoenix Energy, International Trucks, Blossman Gas, CommuteSmart, Alabama Partners for Clean Air

Attendance: 125 students, consumers

Event Highlights: During National AFV Day Odyssey 2010, Lawson State Community College’s Bessemer campus provided space for alternative fuel vehicles, classrooms for educational seminars, and tours of the college’s Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence.

The event included information on the future of alternative fuels, provided an opportunity to test-drive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on display, and featured seminars on practical applications of alternative fuels such as E85, propane, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, and electric vehicles.

Attendees at Odyssey 2010 also had the opportunity to learn about saving money on daily commuting, provided by CommuteSmart. Furthermore, guests were treated to free vehicle emissions testing by the Alabama Partners for Clean Air.

“The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is honored to have been the host of Odyssey Day 2010 along with our partner Lawson State Community College to help educate our state on the advantages and applications of alternative fuels,” said Mark Bentley, executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition.

Event Locations:
Lawson State Community College
Bessemer Campus
1100 Ninth Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022

Host Contact: Mark Bentley, Executive Director, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

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Alabama – Lawson State Bham News

Alabama – Lawson State CNG Press Release



Host Site Coordinator and Co-Coordinators: U.S. Department of Energy, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, General Motors, EPIC and Energy, Weatherization and Technology Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Event Type: I-65 BioFuels Corridor Project

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. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at four current or future locations of Clean Corridor stations in Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville. As a result of the Biofuels stations on
I-65 at the time of the drive, the Alabama participants fueled their FFV’s with only E85 ethanol from Mobile to Indiana and back to Birmingham! Several stations offered E85 for just $2.85 during the event and purchasers of E85 could register for one of ten $50
fuel cards to be given away. A Biofuels Summit was also hosted and featured an informative panel discussion on cellulosic ethanol and the research being conducted on biofuels by Auburn University. A biofuels informational booklet was provided to all attendees.