Alternative Fuel Vehicles: a healthier environment and economy
Second annual Clean Air Symposium set
appily, San Diego businesses and local governments are
realizing that a healthy environment and a health economy are not mutually
exclusive. Cloud 9 Shuttle, which promotes its shuttle business through
clean air vehicles that run on natural gas, carries 75 percent of all of
San Diego's airport shuttle passengers and has become the dominant company
in the shuttle market in less than a year.
Solar Turbines, a recent recipient of an Earth Day EARTHIE
Award, recently won a $67 million grant from the federal government to produce
clean-burning natural gas turbines.
Our local utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric,
is also getting in on the clean air act by providing rebates on natural
gas powered vehicles to businesses that want to save money on fuel and clean
up San Diego's air.
Many of San Diego's most innovative businesses and local
governments have joined together to sponsor an event to showcase their local
clean air advances. They extend an invitation to students, environmentalists,
business owners and government officials to attend Alternative Fuel Vehicles:
A Clean Air Symposium on October 19 at San Diego State University. Citizens
for Clean Air Policy, along with its co-sponsors, Cloud 9 Shuttle, Hawthorne
Power Systems, San Diego Gas & Electric, Coronado TMA, San Diego County
Air Pollution Control District, Solar Turbines, San Diego TMA and Sea World
of California, will be hosting its second annual conference in the Casa
Real Room of the Aztec Center from 7:45am to 2pm.
Featured speakers will include John D. Dunlap, III,
the chairman of the California Air Resources Board who will be discussing
the effects of state regulations on businesses and governments that utilize
alternative fuel vehicles. Greg Vlasek, the executive director of the California
Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, will speak on the issue of statewide infrastructure
development to support the use of alternative fuel vehicles. State Senator
Steve Peace, the charman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications
Committee, will discuss the legislature's role in promoting clean air.
The symposium will also feature a "Clean Air Panel"
comprised of local government officials and industry experts who will discuss
alternative fuel innovations happening here in San Diego County.
You'll also be able to "see the future" at
an on-site display of five alternative fuel cars that range from solar-
to compressed natural gas-powered. The vehicles will include SDSU's solar-powered
SUNTRAKKER, Cloud 9's CNG Shuttle, Chrysler's compressed natural gas mini-van,
UCSD's Crown Victoria patrol car and General Motors' electric sports car
provided by SDG&E.
To register for the symposium, call Kit Cole at 687-7021.