The 2018 Clean Transportation Summit — hosted by the Fresno State Transportation Institute and CALSTART, in partnership with Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and Project Clean Air — was successful in bringing awareness of the necessity of transforming transportation to promote a healthier San Joaquin Valley.
More than 200 attendees participated in the two-day event on March 14th and 15th that featured 30 vendors at the forefront of revolutionizing the clean transportation industry. Additionally, vehicle displays and ride n’ drive demonstrations were located throughout the Save Mart Center parking lots, highlighting the latest electric and natural gas vehicles for commercial and residential use. Dealership representatives from Hedrick’s Chevrolet, Lithia Nissan of Clovis and Future Ford of Clovis were in attendance to demonstrate the capabilities of their inventories, including the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus.
In addition to the ride and drive demonstrations, a series of eight break-out sessions explored air quality and transportation issues in the Valley, as well as opportunities for progressing toward cleaner transportation. Session topics focused on converting to natural gas from diesel fuel, the impact of California High Speed Rail on the region, the challenge of and solutions to connecting rural cities to major urban areas, and others.
The event concluded with the Funders Forum, where representatives from the Fresno Council of Governments, SJV Air Pollution Control District, California Transportation Commission and Center for Sustainable Technology provided an overview of the $220 + million in funding available to the San Joaquin Valley for clean air projects. The goal of the funding is to continue to progress toward clean energy transformation that promotes healthier living conditions and increased economic activity for our region.