Green Vehicles Workshop and Showcase set for April 22 at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus

The 11th annual “Green Vehicles Workshop” and “Green Vehicles Showcase” will be held Tuesday, April 22, at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St.

This year’s event will feature a morning workshop and a display of green vehicles in the afternoon.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in room S120 in the Student Center, preceded by a continental breakfast and networking from 8-9 a.m.

The vehicle showcase will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on the plaza outside the Student Center.

Registration for the workshop, showcase and lunch is $20; or $15 for the workshop only.

Students may attend free of charge by showing a student ID at the door.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. The vehicle showcase is free.

The workshop will feature panel discussions on alternative fuels, vehicle fuel trends, vehicle technologies and fleet experiences.

There will be opportunities to network with local fleet managers, businesspersons and consumers, and to offer input on alternative fuels.

The workshop schedule follows. Each session will include a question-and-answer period and time for networking:

Session One: Vehicle Technologies – 9 a.m.
· Solutions for Reducing Idling Time (Paula Bishop, Espar Heating Systems)
· Electric Charging (Lisa Geason-Bauer, Evolution Marketing)
· Dual-Fuel Technologies (Craig Fischer, Dual Fuel Systems)

Session Two: Fleet Experiences and Barriers – 10 a.m.
• Alternative Fuel Strategic Plan (Jeff Tews, City of Milwaukee)
• Propane in Law Enforcement (Mike Keller, Port Washington Police Department)
• Plug-In Hybrid Utility Trucks (Matt Jarmuz, Odyne Systems, LLC)

Session Three: Vehicle Fuel Trends – 11 a.m.
• Overview on Current Fuel Trends and Barriers (Ted Barnes, Gas Technology Institute)
• Transitioning Your Fleet to CNG (Mary Smarelli, Transit Express, Inc.)
• Propane School Buses (Jason Ebert, GO Riteway Transportation Group)

Among the vehicles on display will be a bi-fuel CNG (compressed natural gas) pickup truck, a propane dual fuel vehicle, a Nissan LEAF, a plug-in hybrid utility truck, a Chevrolet Volt, a propane dual fuel police vehicle and a biodiesel work truck.

The workshop and green vehicles showcase are co-hosted by MATC and Wisconsin Clean Cities, and sponsored by ANGI Energy Systems, WE Energies and Espar Heating Systems.

For more information, please contact Erika Noble at (414) 221-4487, erika.noble@wicleancities. org. Pre-register at

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912.

Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community.

The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and Pre-College Education, which assists people with completing high school, preparing for college or entering the workforce.

Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.