1401 Technology Drive MSC 4115
Harrisonburg VA 22807
Alleyn Harned, Site Coordinator
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Sponsors/Partners: coming soon
Thursday, October 18, 2012
3:00 – 6:00 pm
228 S. Liberty St.
On October 18th, Virginia Clean Cities will be hosting two events as part of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s biennial Odyssey Day event. Odyssey Day consists of numerous green transportation events held across the nation that promote cleaner choices in transportation. VCC held two very successful events in 2010 and we looking forward to seeing stakeholders and members of the public at our 2012 events in Harrisonburg and Chesapeake.
Join us on October 18th 2012 from 3-6 pm at the Turner Pavilion in Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia for our 2012 Odyssey Day event! We will feature information sessions about alternative fuels and advanced technology, and give you the chance to check out brand new alternative fuel vehicles in our Alternative Fuel Auto Show.
Sponsors/Partners: Valley 25x’25; JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World; Wholesome Energy; Virginia Biomass Energy Group; Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Attendance: 50 industry professionals, students, faculty, staff, consumers
Event Highlights: James Madison University (JMU) and Virginia Clean Cities – in partnership with Valley 25x’25, Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative, JMU Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab, and JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World – hosted Odyssey at JMU. The event brought together industry professionals, students, and the general public to learn about some of the innovative energy-related initiatives, technologies, and programs happening throughout the Shenandoah Valley, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. The event included a briefing session with presentations from JMU faculty, staff, and students regarding JMU alternative energy initiatives and an alternative fuel vehicle ride-and-drive event. Participants had the opportunity to test and explore several alternative fuel vehicles as well as learn about demonstration and test vehicles produced by JMU students at the university’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab.
Contact: Chris Bachmann, Faculty (Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University)
Co-host Contact: Ryan Cornett (Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Clean Cities)
Host Site Coordinator: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Event Type: Displays, Educational Stations
Attendees: 300 Students
Event Highlights: A vast display of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles decorated the campus of JMU. The kid-friendly approach was done by hosting various “stations” that educated students about air and water quality, solar and wind energy, green roofs, and waste management. The big hit with the students appeared to be a hovercraft built by Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) students. The hovercraft, ISAT students explained, can travel up to 30 miles per hour and can hover more than two feet above the ground. Most importantly the hovercraft runs on biodiesel. Bachmann noted how important it was for children to learn about the environment and how they can protect it. “At the rate the world consumes oil now, we’re going to run out of it in approximately 40 years,” he said. “That’s a fact. There’s just no way around it. If we can get to people before they start buying SUVs and before they make their commutes without carpooling, hopefully we can change the way people think.”