The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and Long Beach Clean Cities hosted Odyssey 2014 during the inaugural Fleet and Procurement Services forum at Cerritos College.
Planet Bids, Ken Porter Auctions, FUELMASTER, TRUTrack, Integrated Business Solutions, LA Freightliner and GREENTRAKS hosted displays at the event.
The event featured panel discussion about bid processes and three breakout sessions discussing CNG/RNG infrastructure, how Clean Cities Coalitions can help with finding incentives to switch over fleets to Alternative Fuels, and finally a session that helped attendees navigate national purchasing cooperatives.
Sponsors/Partners: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Clean Cities Program
Attendance: 1,700 consumers
Event Highlights: Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition hosted an Odyssey event during Green Port Fest at the Port of Long Beach. This annual event, one of the largest of its kind, was an opportunity for the public to learn more about the port’s operations and environmental programs in a fun, street festival setting. Visitors took narrated boat and train tours of the port’s facilities. Interactive exhibits showcased some of the port’s cutting edge environmental programs like shore power, which allows ships to plug in to landside electricity rather than burn diesel fuel to power their auxiliary engines.
The Clean Cities Coalition had an exhibit booth and display area. Attendees were drawn to the area by the active demonstrations of the all-electric motorcycles from Vectrix. The driver cruised around the area and drew people back to the Long Beach Clean Cites Coalition booth, where the alternative fuels message was delivered.
To promote petroleum reduction, the port distributed more than 600 free bus passes to encourage attendees to leave their cars at home. Visitors also were encouraged to ride bicycles. In partnership with LB Cyclists, the port offered a free bicycle valet service during the event.