Major Green Fleet Conference Hosted in Naperville by Clean Cities

CHICAGO, May 10, 2018 – Three Midwestern Clean Cities coalitions are hosting a major Chicago-area green technology conference on May 17.

The Lake Michigan Consortium – a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana – will host the 2018 Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois.

“At Green Drives, we connect the people and technologies that help make sustainable transportation a reality,” said John Walton, chair of Chicago Area Clean Cities. “As one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest, this conference is a great opportunity to learn about electric vehicles, alternative fuels, charging and fueling infrastructure, as well as funding and incentive programs to help green your fleet.

“In 2017, more than 40 percent of our attendees were representatives from commercial and governmental fleets,” Walton added.

Speakers and highlights of this year’s program include:

  • John Davis, the Emmy Award-winning host of “MotorWeek,” television’s longest-running automotive series.
  • John Boesel, president and CEO, CALSTART.
  • Dean Stapleton, senior manager, alternative fuels, Penske Truck Leasing.
  • Doyle Sumrall, managing director, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
  • Adam Goldstein, managing partner and chief technical officer for North American Operations, STAG USA.
  • Julie Furber, executive director, electrification business, Cummins.
  • Richard D. Cupka Jr., sustainability and Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program manager, commercial vehicles, Ford Motor Company.
  • Susan Keenehan, regional director, North Central Region, General Motors Fleet.
  • Advanced technologies, electric vehicles and alternative fuels will be showcased, including three-dozen green vehicles and 20 indoor exhibitors.
  • An alternative-fuel-vehicle ride-and-drive will be held.
  • Businesses and municipalities will discuss how they went green with their fleets and saved money!

“Green Drives showcases fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technologies for commercial, governmental and consumer use,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, which serves Northern Indiana. “It also shines the spotlight on fleets in the tristate region that operate using clean-burning fuels. Attendees will hear first-hand experiences from fleet managers who are using natural gas, propane, electric vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies.”

At the conference, the leaders of the three coalitions will also offer updates on funding opportunities and incentives that make clean transportation more affordable.

“Whether you are a small or large business, a fleet administrator, a dealer principal, a fuel supplier, a conversion company or work in clean technology and clean energy, there will be topics of interest and networking opportunities for you at Green Drives,” said Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities. “We understand the challenges of busy schedules and budget constraints. This one-day event provides attendees with all of the benefits of a multi-day conference in a central location to make it more accessible to a larger audience.”

NIU’s Conference Center is located at 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563. To register for tickets, or sponsor the event, visit

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.

The trio of coalitions holds numerous outreach events and trainings aimed at educating the public, fleets, and automotive technicians. There are nearly 100 Clean Cities 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. To become involved, visit,, and


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