Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuels, Clean Air, Clean Cities!

When Thursday, May 16, 2019
from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
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1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
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2019 Green Drives
Conference and Expo

Chicago Area Clean Cities invites you to attend its eighth annual Green Drives Conference and Expo on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville, IL.

Transportation now accounts for the largest portion of total U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and is a major contributor to the Chicago area’s air quality issues. Green Drives – one of the largest clean-transportation conferences held in the Midwest – is a must-attend event for government officials, commercial and municipal fleet managers, corporate sustainability officers, and clean-tech and clean-energy professionals who want to learn how to use cleaner, lower emissions fuels and technologies, while saving money.

Speakers and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of “MotorWeek,” will once again serve as the program’s emcee.
  • Joseph Dominguez, CEO, ComEd, shines the light on electrification of passenger vehicles, fleet vehicles, and transit buses.
  • Breakout sessions and panel discussions on green fleets, electric trucks, and clean fuels.
  • Get your garage ready for alternative fuels with a session hosted by GTI.
  • Explore renewable diesel and biodiesel as a clean-burning, renewable fuel with the B20 Club and Renewable Energy Group.
  • Updates on hydrogen fuel with a H2-powered bus at the program.

Advanced vehicle technologies, electric vehicles, and alternative fuels will be showcased, including dozens of green vehicles and exhibitors. Attendees not only get a chance to network with experts from throughout the nation and the region, but they learn of first-hand experiences from fleets currently using alternative fuels and electric vehicles. Attendees also get the chance to test drive vehicles of all different sizes.

Going green pays off, and Clean Cities wants to show you how!



About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Lake Michigan Consortium Logo copy 2Chicago Area Clean Cities, a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean vehicles in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, was founded on May 13, 1994. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the coalition’s membership is comprised of federal, state, and local governments, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. The coalition is one of nearly 100 coalitions across the country 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 economy and air quality. Chicago Area Clean Cities concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago region, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Green Drives, held each year in May, is the coalition’s largest event. The coalition also holds workshops, trainings, meetings, and other educational outreach programs to promote clean air, clean technologies, clean fuels, and clean vehicles.

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2019 Green Drives Conference & Expo – Agenda

Clean Vehicle Technologies, Alternative Fuels & the Future of Transportation
NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:00 AM Registration and Clean Vehicle Exhibits in Atrium: Coffee & Tea
8:30 AM Welcome by Chicago Area Clean Cities-Samantha Bingham, CDOT and CACC Coordinator
8:40 AM Clean Vehicle Technologies, Alternative Fuels & Best Practices

  • John Davis, Host & Producer, MotorWeek Television
  • George Survant, Senior Director of Fleet Relations at NTEA
  • Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association
9:10 AM “Green Fleets, Electric Work Trucks, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles”
Panel Discussion Facilitated by John Davis of MotorWeek Television

  • Dave Schaller, Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
  • Marianne Mintz, Energy Systems Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Yann Kulp, Founder, eIQ Mobility
9:45 to 10 AM Transition to Morning Breakout Sessions
10 to 10:30 AM Breakout Sessions: “New Clean Vehicles and Green Technologies”

  • Mark Hogland, Regional Director, General Motor Fleet
  • Lee Newcombe, Explorer Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Gary Salemme, Director, Advanced Engineering Technology Projects, Cummins
10:30 AM Repeat Session
11:00 AM Refreshments / Visit Vendors in Atrium and Vehicles Outide
Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ride & Drives
12:15 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Luncheon Remarks: “Electrification and Alternative Fuels: Passenger Vehicles, Fleet Vehicles, and Transit Buses”

1:30 to 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions

  • Biodiesel & Renewable Fuels, by Renewable Energy Group and B20 Club
    • Bailey S. Arnold, Senior Manager of Clean Air Initiatives & B20 Club Project Lead, American Lung Association
    • Chris Schmale, Biodiesel Sales Manager, Renewable Energy Group
    • Pete Probst, Director, R&D, Indigenous Energy, highlighting best fleet practices of the Chicago Park District
  • Green Fleets and Green Trucks by NTEA
    • Chris Lyon, Director of Fleet Operations, NTEA
    • Tom Thompson, Fleet Manager, Forest Preserve District of Cook County
    • Melinda Metzger, Deputy Executive Director, Pace Suburban Bus
2:15 to 3 PM Green Fleets and Biodiesel Sessions Repeat
1:30 to 3 PM “Getting Your Garage Ready for Alternative Fuels,” hosted by GTI

3-4:00 PM Reception

Vehicle Registration

At Green Drives, we can accommodate up to 40 environmentally friendly vehicles, including passenger vehicles, medium-duty trucks and buses, transit and school buses, and heavy-duty Class 8 tractors. However, if you are interested in bringing an alternative-fuel, electric or hybrid vehicle, you must register your vehicle(s) by May 1 using our registration link below. Instructions about bringing vehicles to the conference the day of the event will be sent to you in early May.

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Our Speakers

Joseph Dominguez
Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Dominguez

Dominguez leads ComEd, an Exelon company, which powers the lives of more than 4 million residential and business customers, or 70 percent of Illinois’ population. He is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to customers and for empowering them to manage their energy use. He oversees the management of the electric grid for Chicago and most of northern Illinois and ComEd’s partnerships with the diverse communities it serves.

Before joining ComEd, Dominguez served as executive vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for ComEd parent company Exelon. In that role, he led the development and implementation of federal, state, and regional governmental, regulatory, and public policy strategies for one of the nation’s largest electric companies with approximately $34 billion in annual revenues.

Dominguez joined Exelon in 2002 as associate general counsel, responsible for all litigation matters in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, he was named general counsel for ComEd sister company PECO. In 2007, he was named senior vice president of state regulatory and government affairs and general counsel of Exelon Generation. His role expanded in 2009 to include senior vice president of communications, and in 2010 he was named senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon. In 2012, Dominguez became senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon.

Prior to joining Exelon, Dominguez was a partner in the law firm of White and Williams, LLP, with a broad-based litigation practice counseling large and small corporations, institutions, and government entities. He is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of numerous crimes ranging from money laundering to murder-for-hire.



John H. Davis
Creator, Host and Executive Producer

John H. DavisJohn Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, served as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at Green Drive$. Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, Velocity and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country.

More than three decades after its debut on public television in 1981, MotorWeek remains the leading source of unbiased information on automotive safety, fuel efficiency and in-depth car and truck reviews. Davis oversees the show’s editorial content, travels the world covering auto shows and new vehicle launches, and steers the series’ increasingly high-profile efforts in covering green-motoring technologies and the use of alternative fuels.


Harold P. Wimmer
National President and CEO
American Lung Association

Harold P. WimmerWimmer has dedicated his life to improving the lung health of all Americans. His work with the American Lung Association began in 1978, and he has brought a distinct mission-first approach with a focus on high performance and cost-effective operations to the nationwide American Lung Association.

Wimmer became National President and CEO in 2013, and under his leadership, the organization serves as the nation’s premier resource for lung health and a global leader in the discovery and dissemination of lung disease science. Building upon more than a century of funding promising research, Wimmer drives the organization’s research program and has set a goal to double annual research funding by 2020.

Under Wimmer’s leadership, the organization is taking a prominent role in addressing threats – including emissions from the transportation sector – to air quality and lung health. Today, the American Lung Association represents more than 300,000 volunteers and staff nationwide and serves the more than 33.6 million Americans living with lung disease.

Prior to leading the nationwide organization, Wimmer began his career with the Lung Association in 1978 and served in key executive positions in the American Lung Association in Illinois and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Wimmer earned a B.S. in Community Health and an M.S. in Health Administration & Policy from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has been an active alumni member at U of I, serving on the Applied Health Sciences Alumni Board. Wimmer received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois, College of Applied Health Sciences.


Daniel Hebreard
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Daniel Hebreard Daniel Hebreard is a lifelong DuPage County resident. After earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in parks and recreation management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he worked for two local recreation departments before joining the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County as a ranger in 2005. While at the Forest Preserve District he earned a master’s in business administration from Benedictine University.

He and his wife, Donna, have two children and live in Woodridge in a home powered entirely by solar energy. Dan also drives an electric car. He looks forward to bringing more solar-powered amenities to the forest preserves and developing trail connections that will make it easier for residents to access and enjoy the preserves.


Gary C. Salemme
Director, Advanced Engineering Technology Projects
Cummins, Inc.

Gary C. SalemmeGary leads Cummins team responsible for developing new powertrain system technologies. These projects included engine and aftertreatment efficiency and emissions improvements as well as alternative-fuels efforts and electrified-powertrain demonstrations. Previously Gary led the Advanced Engineering Systems Integration team in developing new engine and aftertreatment technologies. He also led the Systems Performance Analysis team in the development of corporate tools and processes for system level vehicle, engine, and aftertreatment modeling, including applications from model-in-the-loop to hardware-in-the-loop. He has 24 years of engine system development and analysis experience at Cummins as well as four years of aircraft engine industry experience. Gary earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University and his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He also is a registered Professional Engineer.


Marianne Mintz
Technology Integration & Analysis Team Lead, Energy Systems Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Marianne MintzMarianne Mintz leads the Technology Integration and Analysis team within Argonne’s Energy Systems Division. She has more than 40 years of experience in transportation and energy analysis and has authored more than 120 publications in the field. Her current work centers on infrastructure requirements of alternative fuel pathways (especially renewable natural gas, electricity and hydrogen), and economic impacts of fuel cells, biofuels, and hydrogen and natural gas fueling infrastructure.

She is an active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), past chair and Emeritus member of TRB’s Transportation Energy Committee and a current member of TRB’s Special Task Force on Climate. She holds a masters degree from UCLA and has completed post-graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Mark Hogland
Regional Director
General Motors Fleet, North Central Region

Mark HoglandMark Hogland is the Regional Director for General Motors Fleet in the North Central Region. He is a strategic and innovative sales leader, with experience driving results in wholesale, retail, commercial and fleet sales as well as automotive marketing. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and implementing transportation solutions for fleet, commercial, government and small business customers and dealers.

Prior to joining the General Motors Fleet team, Hogland led Chevrolet sales teams in the Northeast and Midwest, building strong relationships with customers in those regions. With 25 years of automotive sales experience, Hogland has worked across the industry, including leadership positions at Chevrolet, Cadillac and OnStar where he consistently drove high results and built effective sales teams.

Hogland holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Management/Public Relations from Missouri State University.


Dave Schaller
Industry Engagement Director
North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Dave SchallerDave is the Industry Engagement Director for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. His responsibilities include interfacing with fleets and suppliers, writing reports, conducting workshops, giving presentations, maintaining NACFE’s fleet database, and running the social media groups. Dave worked closely with the drivers and sponsors for the Run On Less demonstration in 2017. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Purdue University and an MBA from Ball State University.

While with Navistar for 27 years, Dave held positions in production design, research, program management, dealer sales training, marketing, product line management, and strategic product planning. A marketing role allowed Dave to spend many days in truck stops, fleet offices and dealerships in five countries learning about what the industry desired and why. Dave holds five U.S. patents, has written several SAE papers and numerous NACFE publications.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is a non-profit group working to double the fuel economy of fleets. NACFE researches and publishes Confidence Reports and Guidance Documents on more than 80 technologies available to the industry. Their “Annual Fleet Fuel Study” reports on industry trends over the past decade and points the way to GHG Phase 2 compliance. Visit to see the many items available to keep you on top of the changes.


Yann Kulp
eIQ Mobility

Yann KulpYann is a co-founder and vice president of business development at eIQ Mobility, a company dedicated to simplifying and accelerating the migration of fleets to electric vehicles. Prior to that he was the Head of North America e-Mobility strategy for Schneider Electric, and key architect of the global strategy. From 2012 to 2016 Yann led an internal startup at Schneider Electric to develop an IoT smart thermostat business ( From 2009 to 2012 he was based in the Paris HQ where he managed all marketing operations and a team of 20+ across three countries for the $1 Billion+ controls and devices business in EMEAS for Schneider Electric.

Yann majored in business in France and then completed his executive MBA at the Syracuse University GSM. He and his family have lived in the Chicago area since 2012.


Event Sponsors, Exhibitors & Vehicles


Cummins Ozinga Energy Renewable Energy Group B20 Club Nicor Gas ComEd Centerpoint Energy EZ EV ECO Vehicle Systems Scarce




Cummins | Renewable Energy Group | NTEA | Wolter Group | Ozinga Energy | B20 Club | Orange EV | North American Council for Freight Efficiency | PACE Bus | GTI | Greenlots | Qmulus | Agility Fuel Systems | CenterPoint Energy | AmeriGas | ECO Vehicle Systems | EZ-EV | Argonne National Laboratory | Al Warren Oil | BAE Systems | Venchurs Vehicle Systems | Advanced VTech




Four 2019 Tesla Model 3s | 2019 Nissan LEAF | 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV | Tropos Motors ABLE EV | Polaris GEM eM 1400 EV | Medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses powered by natural gas, propane and biodiesel | El Dorado Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus | And up to two dozen more!