NRCCE alternative fuels program joins efforts with Earth Day TX

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January 27, 2017 by NAFTC News

More than 130,000 people attended Earth Day Texas in 2016. With the addition of the Odyssey Kickoff Event and Summit, it is anticipated that more than 150,000 people will attend Earth Day Texas this year.

Morgantown, W.Va. – The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, a program of West Virginia University, has joined forces with the world’s largest Earth Day initiative, Earth Day Texas, to conduct the 2017 Kickoff Event for National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey. Earth Day Texas will host the kickoff as part of an inaugural one-day alternative fuel vehicle summit, coordinated by the NAFTC.

Both the Odyssey Kickoff and Odyssey Summit will be held on April 20 at Fair Park in Dallas, TX, as the opening day of the Earth Day Texas events, which will run from April 19-23.

The Odyssey National Kickoff Event highlights the nationwide activities of Odyssey and focuses national media attention on the importance of alternative fuel vehicles to ensure a clean, secure energy future.

Odyssey, established in 2002, is the largest nationwide event promoting alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and for cleaner air. Odyssey events will take place across the country on April 20 and will feature AFV industry experts, vehicle displays, ride-and-drives, and other activities.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “A partnership between the NAFTC and Earth Day Texas is going to strengthen both organizations and the messages we both are conveying.  These two great groups are instrumental in the effort to provide future generations of Americans with both a clean environment and the knowledge to use environmentally friendly vehicles.  The partnership highlights that “Together, we do make a difference.”  It takes people and groups working together to provide for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

Earth Day Texas anticipates more than 150,000 attendees to pass through its gates this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit exhibits, attend presentations, and view demonstrations from environmentally conscious businesses and organizations.

Earth Day Texas President Ryan A. Brown, said “Creating space for discussions about alternative fuel is one of our top priorities. Innovations in fuel make it easier for everyday people to live sustainable lives, accelerating the movement toward a healthier planet.”

The Odyssey Summit will follow the Kickoff Event and will feature industry speakers and presentations on alternative fuel vehicles, focusing on their importance, availability, and upkeep. Numerous alternative fuel vehicles will also be on display.

For more information about National AFV Day Odyssey visit www.AFVDayOdyssey.org. For more information on Earth Day Texas visit www.earthdaytx.org/.

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CONTACT: Judy Moore, NAFTC
304.293.7882 or 304.669.4870; Judy.Moore@mail.wvu.edu

About The NAFTC

The NAFTC was founded in 1992 and manages education and outreach programs and activities, develops curricula, and conducts training on subject matter related to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC works with universities, community colleges and high schools around the country to develop training programs for dissemination at the local level.

The organization consists of approximately 50 National and Associate Training Centers that utilize its curricula and training materials. Numerous other members from small business, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission. The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.