MotorWeek’s Award-Winning Host to Speak at Green Drives Conference

CHICAGO, April 5, 2016 – The Lake Michigan Consortium today announced that John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, will serve as the master of ceremonies and a featured speaker at its Clean Cities Green Drives Conference and Expo on May 19.

Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana are partnering to host the major green-transportation conference at the Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville, Ill. Green Drives will showcase fuel-saving and carbon-reducing technologies for commercial, industrial and consumer use. It also will feature private and public fleets in the tri-state region that operate their vehicles on clean-burning fuels. Attendees will learn of first-hand experiences from fleets currently using natural gas, propane, electric vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies.

“John Davis is one of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation,” said John Walton, vice chairman of Chicago Area Clean Cities. “We are honored to have him speak at Green Drives and to shine the spotlight on the advantages of going green.”

As the host of MotorWeek, 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.

“John adds to our terrific lineup of speakers and educational sessions planned for this year’s conference,” said Lorrie Lisek, executive director of Wisconsin Clean Cities. “Green Drives is a great opportunity to learn about new vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, charging and fueling infrastructure, and funding and incentives.”

Speakers from automakers and public and private fleets will address topics covering advanced-vehicle technologies and alternative fuels. More than two-dozen green vehicles will be showcased. Members of the three coalitions also will offer updates on funding opportunities to make clean technologies even more affordable.

“Whether you are with a small or large business, a commercial or municipal fleet, a dealership, or work in clean tech and clean energy, there will be topics and networking for you at Green Drives,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities. “Attending Green Drives will be well worth your day out of the office.”

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

About MotorWeek

MotorWeek is television’s longest-running and most-respected automotive series. Debuted in 1981, MotorWeek launched a new television genre by becoming the first weekly series to offer consumer-oriented car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips, and the latest auto industry news. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the award-winning series is now in its 35th season. The winner of numerous automotive journalism awards, MotorWeek is a reliable source of automotive news on television and on the web.

Distributed nationwide and overseas by Maryland Public Television, MotorWeek airs on 92 percent of PBS stations and can also be seen on the Velocity channel and V-me Spanish-language network. Program excerpts are available to viewers on the program’s website,, and on its YouTube Channel, Fans can like MotorWeek on Facebook and also follow MotorWeek on Instagram and Twitter.

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. To become involved, visit:,, and


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Joe Koenig
Twitter: @ChiCleanCities

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