2014 Full Schedule

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Concurrent Session Guide:

 Government Fleet Sessions

 Commercial Fleet Sessions

 Heavy-Duty Green Symposium Sessions

 Subject to change

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

9:00am

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6:00pm

Pre-Registration Open
Schaumburg Foyer North

10:30am

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12:00pm

Ozinga Energy's CNG Grand Opening Ceremony & Tour (RSVP Required)
Shuttle Service to CNG Station begin at 9:45am at Renaissance Hotel Entrance
Attendees will enjoy a Welcome Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and comments by Ozinga representatives followed by a light lunch and tour of station.

1:00pm

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3:00pm

Driving Green with the Help of Carbon Credits (RSVP Required)
Schaumburg Ballroom F

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Several federal and state policies offer carbon credit programs that are driving the adoption of bio-CNG and electricity from biogas as preferred fuel sources for green fleets. On August 18, the EPA classified bio-CNG as a cellulosic fuel. These credit programs are justifying the development of bio-CNG projects and fleet conversions.  This session will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the value of available carbon credits and show how fleets can access these revenue streams. This is a must-attend workshop if you are considering converting to CNG or electricity. If you are already using these renewable fuels, you will want to make sure you are maximizing the potential revenue available to you and not leaving any money on the table.

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1:30pm

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3:30pm

Clean Cities Volunteer Training (Invite only)
Schaumburg Ballroom E

3:00pm

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4:00pm

Green Fleet 101: First Timers' Orientation (RSVP Required)
Schaumburg Ballroom G
New to alternative fuels? New to Green Fleet Conference?  Then swing by our First Timers' Orientation to gain a quick overview on green fleet industry basics before diving headfirst into the more advanced sessions during the Green Fleet Conference.  

4:00pm

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6:00pm

Clean Cities Open Forum: For Organizers, Stakeholders & GFC Attendees (RSVP Required)
Schaumburg Ballroom H
The session will provide a guided networking format with several Clean Cities coordinators and industry stakeholders from around the country.  Attendees should bring their questions, issues, ideas, experiences, and success stories related to alternate fuel vehicles, refueling infrastructure, operational efficiencies, fleet partnering and collaboration, and overall “green fleet” planning and deployment.  Similar to a poster session, attendees will have the chance to create discussions, help facilitate the agenda, and learn how several Clean Cities coalitions “make things happen.”  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:00am

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7:00pm

Registration Open
Schaumburg Foyer North

7:30am

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8:50am

Opening Keynote Address & Breakfast
Alternative Fuels: The Past 20 Years - Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Schaumburg Ballroom East
Winston Churchill once said: “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Mark Smith will take a look back over the past 20 years to explore what lessons we have learned in the world of alternative-fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Are we doomed to repeat our history, or are we making “high impact” strides to accelerate market adoption of these vehicles and develop the necessary refueling/recharging infrastructure? Mark will also explore the challenges encountered along the way, the challenges that lie ahead, and the successes attained.
Keynote Speaker: Mark Smith, Department of Energy's Clean Cities

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Keynote Address will begin at 8:00am.

9:00am

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11:30am

Ride & Drive Event
South Parking Lot
Test drive the latest precision-engineered alternative fuel technologies side-by-side in this year’s fall festive Ride & Drive event. A valid driver’s license is required to test drive vehicles and this event is open to all attendees.

11:30am

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2:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Discovery Hall

12:00pm

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1:00pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Discovery Hall

2:00pm

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3:10pm

General Session
All-Fuels Super Session
Schaumburg Ballroom East
Come and meet our Green Fleet Conference Fuel Association Ambassadors as they debunk misconceptions, and address the state and future of each fuel. Find out which fuel source would best suit your fleet’s needs, and what you need to know as you work to further your fleet’s efficiency and sustainability.
Host: Richard Battersby, City of Oakland

Guests:  Mayor of Indianapolis, Gregory Ballard
Fuel Ambassadors: Electric Drive Transportation AssociationElectrification Coalition; Diesel Technology Forum; National Biodiesel Board; Propane Education & Research Council; and Natural Gas Vehicles for America

3:20pm

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4:10pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Navigating Grants: From Collaborating to Writing Best Practices
Schaumburg Ballroom F
With moving targets when it comes to grant availability and applicability, fleets have better chances of receiving a grant when they work together or clearly outline their needs within a grant application. Learn from fleets that have won grants in the past, and hear about what works and what doesn’t.
Presenters: Darwin Burkhart, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; Jedediah Greenfield, City of Houston; Spiro Kattan, NYC Department of Sanitation

Coaching Drivers & Solutions to Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency
Schaumburg Ballroom West
There’s a lot more to being fuel efficient than adopting alternative fuels. Many fleets are still faced with the realities of using gasoline with the challenge of how to increase their MPG as much as possible. From spec’ing to idle reduction and fuel efficient driving practices, what should a fleet expect to gain from these strategies?
Moderator: Bob Cavalli, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Panelists: Janis Day Christensen, Mercury Associates, Inc.; Tony Eiermann, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.; Abe Stephenson, DISH

Natural Gas: Things We Should Have Known Before
Schaumburg Ballroom B
Early adopters of natural gas fuel for trucks talk about lessons learned and what they wish they had known – good and bad – before they embarked on this path. Learn from those who have been there what you should consider in your own natural gas planning.
Moderator: Annalloyd Thomason, Natural Gas Vehicle Instititue
Panelists: Joel Fasnacht, Kwik Trip, Inc.; Tim Ozinga, Ozinga Bros, Inc.; Joe Shefchik, Paper Transport, Inc.

4:20pm

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5:00pm

General Session
Innovative Solutions
Schaumburg Ballroom East
Geared toward fleet managers, this session is a series of five-minute presentations from exhibitors showcasing new products and services on display in the Exhibit Hall.
Presenters: Hino Trucks, Derive Efficiency, Current MotorSafety Kleen/Eco Power, Icom North AmericaLeahy-Wolf, Ricardo, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and American Power Group, Inc

5:00pm

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7:00pm

Evening Reception and Exhibit Hall Open
Discovery Hall

9:00pm

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10:30pm

Night on the Town: Westwood Tavern and Tap
Shuttle Service beings at 8:30pm at the Renaissance Hotel Entrance
Come unwind and review the day's events with fellow attendees as you enjoy a nice cold beverage at the Westwood Tavern and Tap, exclusively set aside for GFC attendees. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided.

       

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7:00am

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2:00pm

Registration Open 
Schaumburg Foyer North

7:30am

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9:00am

Breakfast & General Session
Alternative Fuels Gone Wild: Real Stories, Real Challenges
Schaumburg Ballroom East
Fleets share things they wish they knew before taking on an alternative-fuel program. They’ll bring up unexpected problems and how they ultimately came to solutions to move their programs forward.
Moderator:  Chris Shaffer, Utilimarc
Presenters: Banny Allison, AmeriPride; Tony Orta, Southern California Gas Company; Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, OH

General Session will begin at 8:00am.

9:10am

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10:00am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Retrofitting Fleet Maintenance Facilities to Service CNG and LNG Vehicles
Schaumburg Ballroom F
Most fleet maintenance facilities designed for gasoline or diesel vehicles cannot handle NGVs without retrofitting the facility. These modifications can be minor or significant. This session will review the major considerations for adapting facilities and offer tools to evaluate whether it’s best to retrofit or start from scratch.
Presenter: Mark Ellis, Maintenance Design Group

How to Implement a Fleet Efficiency Program with GPS/Telematics Technology
Schaumburg Ballroom West
With more flexibility and customization, as well as the availability of cloud-based solutions, today’s GPS and telematics systems can aid fleets of all shapes and sizes. The fleets will give an overview of unique ways and new ideas on how fleets can use GPS/telematics to improve efficiencies.
Presenter: Greg Miller, DHL

Looking Ahead: Emerging & Future Alternative Fuels & Powertrains
Schaumburg Ballroom B
What fuel and powertrain technologies are just around the corner? Will you be putting DME or algae-based biodiesel into your truck engine? Maybe a hydrogen fuel cell? What's going on with hybrids? Will we see opposed-piston engines?
Moderator: Stephane Babcock, Bobit Business Media
Presenters: Joshua Goldman, TransPower; Elliot Hicks, Oberon Fuels; David Johnson, Achates Power; Dan Phillips, Solazyme

10:00am

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10:15am 

Networking Break

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10:15am

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11:05am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Building an Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network
Schaumburg Ballroom F
The increased availability of electric and plug-in EVs is creating an immediate need for a network of EV charging stations. Proper location choice, cost and equipment design are just some of the challenges that need to be addressed. This session will look at what it takes to build and maintain an EV charging network.
Presenters: Doug Bond, Alameda County; David Worthington, County of Sonoma, CA

Hybrids, Electrics, and AFVs: Volumes, Resale & Variances
Schaumburg Ballroom West
Highlighting alternative-fuel vehicles — from hybrids to CNG and diesel — and how these vehicles have grown in volumes, this session will provide a historical view and forecast the future values on these vehicles, as well as trends on pricing, variance of values and cost of ownership compared to their gas-only counterparts.
Presenter: Ricky Beggs, Black Book

121 Ways to Save Money on Fuel
Schaumburg Ballroom B
This interactive session will delve into the topic of HDT's popular June cover story, "121 Ways to Save Money on Fuel." We'll highlight some of the most innovative and unusual ideas our editors uncovered for this special issue, from alternative fuels to tire inflation, from changing driver habits to smart fuel buying, and maybe bring a few more to the table. Be prepared to come share your favorite fuel-saving tip.
Moderator: Dave Moniz, HDT Magazine
Panelists: Bill Bliem, NFI;  Deborah LockridgeHDT Magazine, Jim Park, HDT Magazine; Mike Roeth, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

11:05am

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1:20pm

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00pm

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1:00pm

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:30pm

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2:45pm

Green Fleet Awards Ceremony
Schaumburg Ballroom East

Join fellow attendees in honoring fleets, fleet managers, and automotive vendors who have led the way in making their operations more sustainable. Green Fleet magazine will present its Fleet Sustainability All-Star Awards to fleet managers and fleet professionals who have gone above and beyond to make their operations and the world “greener.” Also this year, HDT magazine (Heavy-Duty Trucking magazine) will also be presenting a new award this year!

2:45pm

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3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm 

3:50pm 

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Case Study: City of Santa Ana 5-10 Year Alt. Energy Plan
Schaumburg Ballroom F
The City of Santa Ana will present its “5-10 Year Alternative-Energy Plan,” which consists of various fuel types, vehicles and infrastructure, and funding sources. These initiatives have translated into greenhouse gas and carbon reductions. The presenter will also cover how the city has executed community outreach and grant funding.
Presenters: Rick Longobart, City of Santa Ana; Cynthia Ross, Longobart-Ross Consulting

 Selling Sustainability to C-Level Executives
Schaumburg Ballroom West
Adopting alternative fuels, adding new technologies or changing operational strategies are all examples of potential hurdles when getting top executives on board to a sustainability program. How do you get buy-in from C-level executives so you can further your fleet’s efficiency improvements?
Moderator: Mary Sticha, GE Capital Fleet Services
Panelists: Jim Florio, Click Wholesale Distributing, Inc.; Pete Silva, Fleet and Procurement Consultant; Abe Stephenson, DISH

 What You Can Learn from the EPA's Super Truck Program
Schaumburg Ballroom B
In 2010, the Department of Energy gave $284 million in grants to four groups of North American truck and engine makers and their suppliers to each develop a "Super Truck," demonstrating vastly improved efficiency. What has been the result? One of the project trucks achieved 10 mpg. Some of the technology developed for these programs will remain the stuff of tomorrow – but some will be on dealer lots in a year or two.
Presented by: Darren Gosbee, Navistar Corporation; Jim ParkHDT Magazine

4:00pm 

5:00pm 

Closing Keynote Address & Happy Hour
Rethinking Green: From Philanthropic to Sustainable Business Strategies
Schaumburg Ballroom East 
"Going green” used to be a philosophical or philanthropic effort for businesses to pursue. But for businesses today, “going green” must be done through effective, profitable strategies that are core to your business.  In the fleet world, these strategies often help drive fleet efficiencies both environmentally and economically. Hear from Ford Motor Company’s Director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters, John Viera on how he was able to change the way Ford viewed sustainability, and what challenges and trends fleets should prepare for looking forward.
Keynote Speaker: John Viera, Ford Motor Co. 

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Keynote Address will begin at 4:20pm.

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