The Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition Odyssey 2014 event was hosted at the new CNG station in Paso Robles, showcasing the new station. This event coincided with the Drive Green Across America CNG Road Trip from Canada to Mexico in which a dedicated CNG vehicle was driven from Canada to Mexico and fueled exclusively at public CNG stations along the way.
Sponsors/Partners: Pacific Energy Company
October 18, 2012
San Luis Obispo, CA
Event Highlights: Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition hosted an alternative fuel vehicle car show during their Odyssey Day at the Farmer’s Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. Roughly fifteen vehicles were on display with their owners, students of California Polytechnic Institute. The event was lighted by solar LED lights, provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Interns from Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition hosted a prize wheel while answering questions about alternative fuel vehicles. Many attendees of the event commented that they learned new information about alternative fuel vehicles.
Sponsors/Partners: California State Parks Hearst Castle, Southern California Gas Company, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, Firestone Brewery, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lone Madrone Winery
Event Highlights: The day started with a free alternative fuel car show at the Hearst Castle Visitor’s Center parking lot. More than twenty vehicles were featured including biodiesel, propane, natural gas, ethanol, and electric vehicles as well as a fuel cell golf cart. Vehicles ranged from Cal Poly’s concept cars, to do-it-yourself electric vehicle conversions, to AC Propulsion’s eBox (Scion xB with lithium-ion batteries and a 120-mile driving range).
Following the car show, guests were invited to attend the poolside reception at the castle. The reception featured special guest speaker Dan Sperling, who holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board, serves as a professor of civil engineering and environmental science and policy, and is founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis. He recently appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart and is the author of a book, Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability.
Contact: Melissa Guise, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator
Host Site Coordinator: Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition
Event Type: Workshop, Vehicle Displays, Panel Discussions
Sponsors/Partners: Green Rides of SLO, Delta Liquid Energy, AZ Buses, Clean Energy Fuels, Clean Fuels USA, Waste Connections Inc., Southern California Gas Co., PG&E, Zenn Motors, J.B. Dewar, and California State Polytechnic University
Attendees: 2,096 Local Governments, Private Fleets, Schools, Environmental Groups, General Public
Event Highlights: The C5 hosted its National AFV Day Odyssey Celebration in conjunction with the “Advancing the Choice” workshop and Green Car Show. The event kicked off with an AFV show with displays including electric, propane, ethanol, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, vegetable oil, and plug-in hybrids. Students from CA State Polytechnic University displayed their mobile biodiesel manufacturing system designed to convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. Experts were also on hand to answer questions and provide test drives of vehicles. C5 also hosted an “Advancing the Choice” workshop in San Luis Obispo where the County Supervisor Jim Patterson and Air Pollution Control Officer Larry Allen spoke on the importance of AFVs and local greenhouse gas issues. An expert panel was on hand to discuss compressed natural gas and how they fit our energy needs. Alternative fuel vehicles were also on display providing individuals an opportunity to view the vehicles and talk with experts in the various technologies.
Host Site Coordinator: Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, San Luis Obispo, CA
Event Type: Vehicle Displays, Panel Discussions
Attendees: 400 Government Officials, Fleet Managers, Environmental Groups, and Students
Participating Sponsors / Partners: Cienaga Energy Systems, Air Pollution Control District, Home Builder’s Association, Sierra Club – Santa Lucia Chapter, Coast National Bank, SLO Chamber of Commerce, Leonard Grant Architects, PG&E, Computer Network Services, Cal Poly Architecture Department, Semmes and Company Builders, and SLO Green Build
Event Highlights: Held in conjunction with the Smart Energy Solution Forum, the Odyssey show took place at the Veteran Hall in San Luis Obispo. Over 25 alternative fuel vehicles were displayed. Alternative fuel experts were on hand at the show to answer questions and provide test drives of some of the vehicles. There was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm in the vehicles and technologies displayed. Additionally, an expert panel discussed alternative fuels and how they fit our energy needs. Panelists included Marc Geller (Plug-In America), Ken Dewar (JB Dewar), Ron Cogan (Green Car Journal), Gary Dove (EV Conversions), and Mikel Robinson (biofuels expert). Another panel discussion focused on the reduction in the use of fossil fuels including: Land Use Planning as a Tool to Reduce Energy Consumption, Changing Transportation Patterns, and Energy Efficient Commercial Building.