Clean Fuels Ohio and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) will host the second annual Midwest Green Fleets Forum & Expo from Sept. 26-28 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The three-day event brings together logistics and fleet management representatives from across the Midwest to discuss implementing alternative fuels and clean efficiency technologies into their fleets, saving money and reducing harmful emissions.
"We're excited that MEMA can partner again to host the Midwest Green Fleets Forum and Expo," said Kelly Reagan, fleet administrator for the City of Columbus. "This conference furthers the mission of MEMA by providing a unique opportunity for vehicle fleet managers to not only learn about the range of advanced vehicle technologies available, but also to network with peers and learn about many of the real world successes of fleets across the Midwest already using these technologies today."
The conference will feature educational sessions covering alternative fuel options including natural gas, propane, biofuels, and electric vehicles. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour nearby industry facilities to learn about the production process behind the fuels and technology.
In addition, the event will include an expo hall featuring exhibits from more than 50 companies representing the newest products and services designed to improve vehicle economic and environmental performance, as well as opportunities for attendees to test drive the latest equipment offerings.
Clean Fuels Ohio will also announce the 2016 class of certified Ohio Green Fleets on the second day of the forum. The Ohio Green Fleets program is a free Clean Fuels Ohio initiative designed to recognize fleets based on quantifiable improvements in fuel efficiency and environmental performance. As of 2015, the program has enrolled more than 600 fleets and formally recognized 83 fleets as certified Ohio Green Fleets. These 83 certified Ohio Green Fleets have displaced a combined annual total of 15,074,241 gallons of petroleum and eliminated more than 1,942.65 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 134.53 tons of particulate matter (PM 2.5), 130.29 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 165,871.15 tons of carbon dioxide.
"Our Ohio Green Fleets program is designed to encourage fleets to 'go green' while recognizing those who are already making improvements," said Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio. "We're looking forward to certifying the 2016 class of Ohio Green Fleets and continuing to improve on emissions reductions throughout the state."
Early bird tickets are available online along with a limited number of discounted hotel rooms. Discounted ticket rates and scholarships are available. To register or learn more about the Midwest Green Fleets Forum & Expo, visit the event website.