Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition is holding a Free Rhode Island Event to showcase the alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
Hosted at the headquarters of Clean Care New England in Cranston, the open house will feature 8 vehicles on display, 3 vehicles forride-and-drives, and presentations by experts in the transportation industry and alternative fuel.
Learn about how alternative fuels can be used to save money on fuel for fleet vehicles or personal vehicles, and what infrastructure is currently in place in Rhode Island. Alternative fuels provide environmental benefits for our state as well as support the economy and energy independence.
As Ocean State Clean Cities Coordinator, Wendy Lucht has been promoting the use of alternative fuels, hybrids, idle reduction technologies and fuel economy measures. She has facilitated networking among public and private fleet managers, fuel providers, and state energy officials. Prior to becoming Clean Cities Coordinator, Wendy was a Budget Analyst at the URI Budget Office, and a Manager at The Bay Institute of San Francisco. Wendy has a Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She also has a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
As the Managing Director of Emerald Alternative Energy Solutions, Mr. Gulmi establishes the business plan and market strategy and directs the mission of the company, which is to provide fleets with petroleum reduction strategies and solutions that will improve their bottom line, the nation's energy security and the global environment. Mr. Gulmi facilitated the development of new products and services that supported the electric and gas growth strategy and energy efficiency programs at National Grid US with a focus on the transportation sector. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the steering committee of the National Plug-In Initiative (NPVI). He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Vehicle of America (NGVA). Ron is also the chairman of the Northeast Gas Association's NGV Committee. Mr. Gulmi holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics - Probability & Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Masters of Business in Management from Adelphi University and a Masters of Science certificate in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Polytechnic University.
Chelsea Jenkins joined the ROUSH CleanTech team in 2011. Prior to joining the ROUSH CleanTech team, Chelsea served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for seven years. She helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Prior to working for Virginia Clean Cities, Jenkins helped establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia. Before a biodiesel project in Malta started her career in alternative fuels, she worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA's Langley Research Center.
Dr. Morton spent the majority of his career as a Marine Scientist with extensive experience in applying project and business management principles to execution of many large and small programs. Dr. Morton began his career at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC), where, over a 15 year period, he was Chief Scientist and Program Manager on many projects supporting weapons systems development and was responsible for a major environmental program to support the launching of the 688 and Trident Class Submarines in Groton, CT. In 1979, Dr. Morton left NUSC and started the Marine Science & Technology Operation of SAIC in Newport, RI. During more than 20 years as the manager of that operation, Dr. Morton was responsible for business management as well as technical marketing and project management of a broad range of scientific and operational programs. In 2001, Dr. Morton retired from his position as Manger of the Newport Office and became a consultant supporting a variety of technical companies. In 2007, he became a founding partner of Newport Biodiesel LLC, a small business focused on production of biodiesel from recycled Waste Vegetable Oil. At this time he continues to work as a consultant for SAIC and as the Business Manager for Newport Biodiesel.
For the past ten years, years ago Jim Malloy has been promoting the use of biodiesel for home heating and transportation throughout Rhode Island with his family's business, T.H. Malloy & Sons. Malloy Biodiesel has been a leader in alternative fuels for Rhode Island. Jim is also the designer and builder of an off-grid, fossil fuel free, wind/solar powered home. He previously worked as a Backcountry Educator in National Wilderness areas. In 2011, Malloy Biodiesel distributed biodiesel blends which displaced 241,600 gallons of petroleum used by Rhode Islanders for transportation.
John Gilbrook is the Project Manager of Alternative Fuels Transportation for National Grid. He has been with National Grid for 3 years and held a role relating to alternative fuel transportation for 2 years. His role includes the development and execution of company wide strategy relating to electric and natural gas vehicles for both National Grid's customer base and internal company fleet. John is also a Board member of The OSCCC and Co-Chair of the OSCCC Project Development committee. National Grid's US business consists mainly of electric and natural gas transmission and distribution throughout the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Hampshire. Furthermore National Grid owns 15 public access compressed natural gas fueling stations throughout its US service territories as well as 31 public access level II charging stations throughout Massachusetts.