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Clean Cities Conference to Rev Up Alternative Fuels Market

For more information contact:
George Douglas, 303-275-4096
email: George Douglas

Golden, Colo., Jan. 26, 2001 - Cleaner air and greater energy security are possible through the use of alternative fuel vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy's 7th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo will showcase how the use of vehicles powered by fuels such as electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, propane or ethanol can both reduce pollution and cut America's reliance on imported oil.

The conference, May 13-16 in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center, will highlight opportunities for cities, the alternative fuels industry and the transportation industry to join the alternative fuels revolution. More than 1,000 people attended last year's conference in San Diego, Calif.

Programs and events at this year's Philadelphia conference include:

  • United Nations Foundation President Tim Wirth will address the conference on May 14. The UN Foundation supports a variety of environmental and sustainable development projects around the world.

  • ScienceFest, a celebration of alternative transportation innovations, will feature General Motors' environmental science adviser, Bill Nye, well known for his humorous explanations of the wonders of science. ScienceFest recognizes the importance of teaching the next generation about the benefits of alternative fuels and is aimed at fourth- and fifth-graders in the Philadelphia area. Other activities will include transportation sessions sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a look at electricity presented by the world-renowned Franklin Institute.

  • Ride 'n' Drives for conference attendees and the media will put a variety of light and heavy duty alternative fuel vehicles on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • The nation's largest display of commercially available alternative fuel vehicles will be open to the public for the first time on May 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Standup comedian and author Terry Braverman will present "What's in it for us? Creating the 21st century community," examining the role alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles will have play in shaping tomorrow's communities.

Information on registration and other conference events and activities can be found on our Web site or call the Clean Cities Hotline at 1-800-CCITIES (224-8437). Or you may send Kimberly Taylor e-mail at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, kimberly_taylor@nrel.gov.

The Clean Cities program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is designed to encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles and their supporting infrastructure throughout the nation. Approximately 5,000 stakeholders - from small local businesses and municipal governments to regional air quality organizations and national alternative fuel companies - have found the Clean Cities program to be an effective route to building the local alternative fuel market, improving air quality, stimulating the local economy, and increasing public awareness of alternative fuels. For more information see Clean Cities.

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