Make Ideas Reality, a Chicago-based strategic public relations and special-events management firm, recently managed one of the largest green-transportation conferences held in the Midwest, the Lake Michigan Consortium's Green Drives Conference and Expo.
More than 200 environmental influencers, fleet managers, government officials, and news media attended the Clean Cities event. Forty green vehicles and 20-plus exhibitors were featured at the program.
Speakers from United Parcel Service, MotorWeek Television, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chevrolet, Cummins, CALSTART, and NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry addressed topics surrounding sustainability, advanced vehicles, alternative fuels, and electric-vehicle/alt-fuel infrastructure.
Vehicles at the program included the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, all-new 2018 Workhorse W-15 electric extended-range pickup truck, police cruisers powered by alternative fuels, and many more.
To view photos from the program, please click here.
About the Lake Michigan Consortium
The Lake Michigan Consortium is comprised of three Clean Cities Coalitions: Chicago Area Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities, and Wisconsin Clean Cities. The three nonprofit coalitions are focused on promoting cleaner energy for private and public fleets in the Chicago area, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana. Created in 1999, the consortium is made up of more than 500 member organizations. It serves a geographic population of nearly 16 million people with 11 counties that hold non-attainment status for the U.S. EPA 2008 Ground Ozone standard. There are nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel efficiency and air quality.