Clean Fuels Ohio hosted its 5th annual Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo on September 18 -20. Attendees from Philadelphia to Seattle and everywhere in between came to network, learn, and enjoy conversation with the expo’s 40+ exhibitors, more than 50 speakers, and approximately 350 attendees. Industry leaders from a variety of transportation markets were represented – from natural gas to propane, biodiesel to electric, efficiency to smart mobility and beyond, the conference served as a productive space for learning, networking, and coalition building.
The conference began Wednesday, September 18 for preconference fleet training and a smart mobility solutions-focused charette. Attendees were welcome to participate in tracks focused on fleet management fundamentals and smart mobility with local policymakers, stakeholders, and decision makers. The fleet sessions focused on the latest in real-time data tracking, process efficiencies, and analysis platforms to streamline fleet management processes and maximize vehicle performance. The Smart Mobility Charrette sessions focused on how connected, electric, and automated vehicles can combine with new service models to expand mobility options for all users. “New services have the potential to significantly expand access to mobility, but we also see challenges,” said Sam Spofforth, Executive Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “This charrette offered the chance for key stakeholders to wrestle with issues such as safety, equality of access, environmental risks, and integration with traditional transportation services, and prioritize solutions.” Attendees rounded out the day networking during the conferences opening reception.
Thursday, September 19 boasted an action-packed agenda with morning plenaries, vendor expo and networking times, the Ohio Green Fleets awards luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions, and an evening reception at the Smart Columbus Experience Center on the scenic Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus. Attendees and exhibitors participated in a user-friendly learning environment with the flexibility to attend the expo and the breakout sessions as they pleased. Breakout sessions followed six tracks focused on transportation solutions including: Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Smart Mobility, Fleet Best Practices, Transportation Policy, and Transportation Planning. “The future of transportation is built on a diversity of mobility options and more sustainable fuel choices “ said Andrew Conley, Fleet Services Director for Clean Fuels Ohio; “The Midwest Green Transportation Forum focused on the diversity of options, showcasing the various benefits each have to meet both today, and tomorrow’s needs whether for specialty fleet vehicles or personal mobility.”
The conference closed Friday afternoon after another round of morning breakout sessions and networking breaks. The final plenary session took place over lunch as attendees listened to Dana McDaniel, City Manager for the City of Dublin, discussing the “Smart 33 Mobility Corridor,” a US DOT funded smart mobility project along Ohio State Route 33, designed to demonstrate the safety and efficiency potentials of high speed broadband, connected, and autonomous vehicles. Attendees walked away with the connections, partnerships, and knowledge to work toward implementing successful solutions. “Everyone at Clean Fuels is excited about the success of the conference. We can’t thank our sponsors, exhibitors, stakeholders, board members, and staff enough for the hard work and dedication to hosting such an informative and well-organized conference” said Rachel Ellenberger, Business Development and Communications Manager for Clean Fuels Ohio. “We’re also excited about the connections that came out of it; it’s what we’re here for, it’s what we do. We facilitate these partnerships to further the reach and the interests of the green transportation industry – when these connections succeed, we all succeed.”
To see the full range of agenda topics and speakers, as well as view the presentations and videos from the event, visit www.midwestgreentransportation.org.