1. AFV Day Odyssey - A Green Car Show in San Luis Obispo
Date: October 18, 2012
C5 hosted a car show dedicated to alternative fuels on Thursday, October 18 during San Luis Obispo's famous downtown farmers' market. We showcased all types of vehicles with only one thing in common - they all ran on alternative fuel. We had them all at our green car show, an event being held as part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey. Odyssey is a biennial, outreach and education event dedicated to promoting the use of AFVs and advanced technology vehicles.
We had participants and vehicles of every type. From a hobby car enthusiast to local businesses to major automotive manufacturers, Central Coast residents had a chance to see just how easy it is stop using gasoline-powered cars for good!
We had over 500 participants at Odyssey Day. Our vehicle owners and C5 representatives were extremely enthusiastic about engaging the public. We answered all sorts of questions about alternative fuels and the feedback we got from the public was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to future Odyssey Day events.
Event participants included:
Arro Auto Gas
Cal Poly Formula Electric Team
All electricity at this event came directly from the Sun. Pacific Energy Company helped sponsor this event by graciously providing a mobile solar generator for us, check them out at www.alteryourenergy.com/
More about National AFV Day Odyssey
It is coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) headquartered at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Odyssey is comprised of numerous green transportation related events coordinated and hosted by NAFTC members, Clean Cities Coalitions, and others who believe in cleaner, more energy efficient forms of transportation. These local events take place on a designated date every other year throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Visit the Host section to learn how you can host an Odyssey event in your area. Check out the national organization here.
2. AltCar Expo and Conference
Date: September 28, 2012
This conference provides an extensive presentations of alternative technology vehicles, infrastructure, renewable energies, energy efficiency and urban planning. C5 participated in the conference and spoke about alternative fuel vehicles. We gave presentations on different types of AFVs as well as listened to industry leaders on how we can help advance the placement of alternative fuel vehicles in people's homes.
For more inforamtion on this event please visite the Alt Car Expo website
3. PEV Community Readiness Plan
Date: May 17, 2012
This workshop provided key plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) readiness tools to communities throughout the state. Thousands of plug-in electric vehicles are already on California's roadways and many more are expected this year.
Experts presented the top five actions that communities can implement to update local codes and regional planning practices. The workshop was a component of the U.S. Department of Energy Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Grant awarded to California in 2011.
The goal of the project is to see all communities throughout the state become fully PEV ready. The more specific objective is to see communities take tangible steps towards incorporating the five core PEV readiness elements into their local codes and regional planning practices.
Key documents from the meeting are available for review here:
• Community Planning Guide for Electric Vehicles – Advanced Energy Corporation
• Community Toolkit for PEV Readiness – California PEV Collaboration
• Accessibility and Signage Guidelines – California PEV Collaboration
• Financial Incentive List for PEVs – California PEV Commission
• Streamlining the Permitting and Inspection Process – California PEV Commission
• PEVs in Multi-Family Housing Units – UCLA Luskin School for Public Affairs
Our pre-project survey is available on line or hard copy. We are asking all local governments to complete the survey.
4. ACT Expo in Long Beach
Dates: May 15-17, 2012
Location: Long Beach Convention Center
Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2012 hosted some of the biggest names in the transportation, alternative fuels and automotive industries. Jerry Moyes, Chairman of the Board, Founder and CEO of Swift Transportation was a speaker. Swift Transportation is the largest truckload motor shipping carrier, in the U.S. with more than 16,000 trucks and is based in Phoenix. Mr. Moyes spoke at ACT Expo on Thursday, May 17." Visit http://www.actexpo.com to find out more!
5. Earth Day at El Chorro Regional Park
Date: April 22, 2012
Location: El Chorro Park in San Luis Obispo
C5 celebrated Earth Day with numerous local Central Coast businesses and the SLO Earth Day Alliance at El Chorro Park on April 22, 2012. Funride, Dynamic Electric Vehicles, Toyota, and local alternative fuel vehicle owners showcased their automobiles at an alternative fuel car show sponsored by C5 at Earth Day. Earth Day 2012 marked the launch of our "Idling Gets You Nowhere" campaign in which we set out to have 1,000 local residents pledge to say "no" to idling and make a conscious effort not to idle. Local Congresswoman Lois Capps was the first to sign a "No Idling" pledge form and marked the start of C5's effort to reduce idling in the San Luis Obispo County. Earth Day 2012 was a great success!
6. Idling Gets You Nowhere Press Conference
To kick-off the Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign, the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) joined Congresswoman Lois Capps and representatives from SLO Regional Transit Authority and SLO Council of Governments in a press conference on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 am in front of the Laguna Middle School.
C5 is launching the Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign to grab the attention of drivers and parents of students and encourage them to sign a pledge to turn off their vehicles when idling. This simple action can save fuel, save money and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the County. Estimates of the amount of time we voluntarily idle each day range from 5 to 10 minutes per car. By breaking old habits, the simple action of turning off your car can save you fuel, money and needless air pollution. The goal of C5’s Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign is to secure 1,000 pledges to stop idling. Idling a vehicle for 10 minutes a day uses an average of 26.4 gallons of gas a year – by securing 1,000 pledges, C5 hopes to help local drivers significantly reduce fuel consumption and have more cash in their wallets.
Lois Capps signed to support C5 and the launch of the No Idling campaign.
One primary focus of C5’s Earth Day activities will be the Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign. Visit C5’s booth on April 22 at El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo and take the pledge to reduce fuel consumption and receive an Idling Gets You Nowhere button as a reminder of your actions. If you are unable to attend Earth Day, you can take the pledge to stop idling via C5’s online pledge form at www.c-5.org/noidling.php or Facebook page.
The Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) is a non-profit organization of local stakeholders whose mission is to reduce petroleum consumption and expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure throughout the Central Coast. Part of this education program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
7. Grant Workshop
C5 and the APCD hosted a Grant Workshop pertaining to funding sources for alternative fuel vehicles on Wednesday, February 29th from 3-5 p.m. Reception followed, 5-7 p.m. The event was held at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo.
8.Santa Barbara/Camarillo Plug-In Electric Vehicle Workshop
Dates: Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29
This workshop was a one-stop shop for information about:
The CVRP application and FAQs
Local utility PEV rates and programs
Updates on California's electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Life as a PEV owner
7.2011 Annual Meet the Members Reception at the Madonna Inn
In October, C5 hosted its Annual Meet the Member's Reception at the Madonna Inn. The event was an opportunity to thank our members for all their help and support throughout the year, in addition to updating them on what C5 has accomplished and its goals for the upcoming year. Thank you to all of our stakeholders who attended! Please visit our Facebook page to view a slideshow of the event.