HOBART| Carl Lisek thinks 2013 is going to be a big year for alternative fuels, not just in Indiana, but in the nation.
"We know that our industry is creating more jobs and more opportunities," Lisek said at the South Shore Clean Cities' annual meeting Tuesday at Avalon Manor in Hobart.
South Shore Clean Cities is a public/private partnership aimed at promoting the use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies while reducing dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels in Northwest Indiana.
Lisek said his group is working on a host of projects for 2013, including converting diesel vehicles to renewable energy sources in partnership with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and providing free green fleet training and analysis. Programs with local schools in partnership with Ivy Tech, Purdue University and Indiana University also are on tap.
Lisek, the group's executive director, said he anticipates announcements on a host of grant awards in 2013 to advance the group's mission as well. Projects bringing compressed natural gas garbage trucks and bread trucks are in the works, he said.
"Our future is clear but our work is far from done, folks," he said.
The group recognized a host of partners with the annual Stakeholder Awards at Tuesday's luncheon.
"These folks have done some great things, not only with air quality but with alternative fuels," Lisek said.
Fair Oaks Dairy, Entertainment Cruises, Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, the city of LaPorte, Charlie Cate and Jeff Ludwig were all honored at the luncheon for their efforts to embrace alternate fuels and new technologies while reducing dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.