Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region hosted their Odyssey event in partnership with the 2014 Southern California Energy Summit in Palm Springs, CA. Local automotive dealerships, government agencies, transit agencies, and others displayed alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The vehicles, which included electric drive and Clean Natural Gas (CNG) were available for test drives and ride-alongs.
The Southern California Energy Summit brings together industry and community leaders together to discuss trends, advocate for clean energy issues and highlight the region as a leader for renewable energy. Tesla Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel was one of the key note Presenters at this year’s summit.
Georgia Seivright, Site Coordinator
email • 909-754-8663
Josh Zipperman, Site Coordinator
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City of Palm Springs
Saturday, October 27, 2012
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
2300 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92263
Event Highlights: Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region (C3VR) and the Palm Springs Sustainability Department held their Odyssey event on October 27 in Palm Springs, California. The event featured the city of Palm Springs’ Sustainability Celebration, “A Healthy Planet, Healthy You Event,” electric and alternative fuel vehicle displays, green vendors, raffle prizes, organic food trucks, a Farmers Market, and free food sampling. The mayor of Palm Springs, Steve Pougnet, spoke at the event, along with Dr. Stephen Gundry (author of Dr. Gundry’s Diet Revolution), and Scott Cole (creator of the popular Get Fit America For Kids). Toyota sponsored the event.
Sponsors/Partners: City of Palm Springs Sustainability Department
Attendance: 235 consumers
Event Highlights: Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region (C3VR) partnered with the City of Palm Springs Sustainability Department to host Odyssey Day – Electric & Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fair and Workshops at the Palm Springs Convention Center. California State Assemblyman Manuel Perez welcomed attendees to the workshops and presented a certificate of recognition to the hosting organizations. Workshop presenters included Mark Smith, U.S. Department of Energy; Dean Saito, South Coast Air Quality Management District; Michele Mician, City of Palm Springs; Suzanne Seivright, C3VR; and Dick Cromie, Southern California Edison.
Representatives from the Desert Sun newspaper conducted interviews for a news article about the event. Electric and alternative fuel vehicles on display included the Nissan LEAF, Honda CR-Z, Zenn Electric, a variety of utility CNG vehicles, a propane boom truck, and others. The Palm Springs Electric Vehicle Rally followed the next morning with more than 200 participants in attendance.
Host Site Coordinators: Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region and Clean Energy Fuels
Event Type: Job Fair
Sponsors/Partners: Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region and Clean Energy Fuels
Attendees: 60 Industry Professionals, General Public
Event Highlights: Clean Energy Fuels held job fairs in both Newport Beach and Los Angeles. While attending the job fairs and meeting with Clean Energy Fuels, industry professionals and participants received information on the Coachella Valley Region Clean Cities program and Odyssey 2008. They also had the opportunity to apply for job openings with Clean Energy Fuels. Since Clean Energy Fuels deals exclusively in alternative fuels, through the events of this outreach, participants became more in tuned with the Clean Cities movement and our mission of being less dependent on foreign oil, plus how the private sector can help support this mission. Clean Energy Fuels in partnership with SunLine Transit Agency has built 5 CNG fueling stations in the Coachella Valley that are open to the public, demonstrating an answer to the “chicken and egg” problem of dealing with alternative fuel infrastructure.
Site/Primary Partner: College of the Desert/Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region
Audience: Educators, Government Officials, Automotive Technicians, and Students
Event Highlights: National media event site; Ty Robinson’s hydrogen vehicle; event with Clean Cities “Advancing the Choice;” break-out sessions, including UCBS and tour of the College’s automotive department.