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South Shore Clean Cities helping organize green technology conference

Visitors check out an environmentally friendly vehicle at the recent South Shore Clean Cities' annual meeting and awards.

Joseph S. Pete, The Times

South Shore Clean Cities and its counterparts in Chicago and Wisconsin are planning a major green technology conference in May.

The environmental groups will bring speakers from "MotorWeek," automotive companies and the Association for the Work Truck Industry to the 2018 Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville.

“Green Drives showcases fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technologies for commercial, governmental and consumer use,” South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director Carl Lisek said. “It also shines the spotlight on fleets in the tri-state region that operate using clean-burning fuels. Attendees will hear firsthand experiences from fleet managers who are using natural gas, propane, electric vehicles and other petroleum-reduction strategies.”

Schedule speakers include "MotorWeek" host John Davis, CALSTART CEO and President John Boesel and Cummins electrification business executive director Julie Furber.

“At Green Drives, we connect the people and technologies that help make sustainable transportation a reality,” Chicago Area Clean Cities' John Walton said. “As one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest, this conference is a great opportunity to learn about electric vehicles, alternative fuels, charging and fueling infrastructure, as well as funding and incentive programs to help green your fleet."

Attendees can learn about the newest technologies, as well as funding opportunities and incentives for clean transportation options, such as hybrid fleets and electric vehicles. The conference floor will feature 40 green vehicles, 25 indoor exhibitors and an alternative-fuel vehicle ride-and-drive. 

“Whether you are a small or large business, a fleet administrator, a dealer principal, a fuel supplier, a conversion company or work in clean technology and clean energy, there will be topics and networking opportunities for you at Green Drives,” said Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities. “We understand the challenges of busy schedules and budget constraints. This one-day event provides attendees with all of the benefits of a multiday conference in a central location to make it more accessible to a larger audience.”

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the NIU Naperville Meeting & Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road in Naperville.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.