The Earth Day Coalition (EDC) has received funding from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund to produce the Reducing Geenhouse Gas Emissions project, which will include three Fuel for Thought workshops designed for local fleet directors and one Workforce Development Opportunity in Alternative Fuels workshop for area educators, the coalition announced.

Fuel for Thought presentations will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about alternative fuels, funding availability for vehicles and infrastructure, and personnel training required for operating alternative fuel fleets. In partnership with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, EDC will develop career pathway materials that outline workforce opportunities within the alternative fuel industry that will be presented at a final workshop for educators in May.

Here's a list of the Fuel for Thought workshops:

  • Compressed Natural Gas, Jan. 27, 9 to 11 a.m., Greater Cleveland RTA, featuring Ace Taxi owner Devo Bavishi, Marcus Gillette from the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, and Bill Davis from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.
  • Propane AutoGas, Feb. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m., Bass Mazda, featuring Micheal Taylor from the Propane Education Research Council and Michael F. Smyth from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.
  • Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure, March 24, 9 to 11 a.m., MotorCars Honda, featuring Daniel Dessauer from NASA Glenn Research Center, Jimmy Smith from Ohio EV Solutions, and Micheal F. Smyth from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. 

Contact Christina Yoka at (216) 281-6468, ext. 231 to register to attend or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. The workshop series is free to attend for Earth Day Coalition members, $10 for fleet representatives, and $25 for industry representatives.