Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, Oct. 15 at Gateway, New Haven

Oct 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Clean energy, Energy, Fuel Cell

On Friday, Oct. 15, Gateway Community College (GCC), in partnership with New Haven Clean Cities Coalition and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, will take part in the national Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey.

The event, which will be held on GCC’s North Haven campus at 88 Basset Road, is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. An estimated 200 students from eight area high schools also are expected to attend.

AFV Day Odyssey is designed to educate the public about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and the part they can play in our nation’s energy security and quest for cleaner air.

This year, the program is expanding to include other “green” industries and organizations. As a result, GCC’s AFV Day Odyssey will focus on both alternative energy for transportation and residential clean energy, like solar-electric and solar-hot water, said Anthony Rish, lead instructor for GCC’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs.

Organizations representing both industries will be on hand to discuss their products, including United Illuminating, New Haven Clean Cities and Workforce Alliance. There will also be electric cars, biodiesel cars and biogas-powered vehicles on display and tours of GCC’s technical training facilities.

For more information, please contact Carla Roehrich, GCC’s regional coordinator for the the Connecticut Community College System’s Sustainable Operations: Alternative and Renewable (SOAR) Energy Initiative, at 203-285-2324 or

GCC has long been a pioneer in the field of alternative transportation technology education. It was one of the first colleges in the United States to offer a hybrid vehicles class and its Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Certificate, which was started in 1994, is a charter member of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. It is the only college in Connecticut that is accredited in alternative fuels by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and this fall it launched a new SOAR Alternative Energy Transportation Technology Certificate.

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