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Past Event
October 23, 2009 - October 24, 2009
Beyond Oil: The Sustainable Communities Initiative

The 6th Annual TransTech Conference held at Microsoft's Redmond campus

Watch this event online
12:15 p.m. - Opening remarks and legislative update with Hon. Slade Gorton, Rob Bernard, and Hon. Deb Eddy
2:00 p.m. - Sustainable Communities feature Hon. Jay Inslee and Hon. Ron Sims
2:45 p.m. - The Vehicle Electrification Project

The final agenda is available here


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This is the sixth conference focusing on the combination of transportation, technology and energy. Three years ago we hosted a pioneering session to examine the potential of plug-in electric vehicles, and the conferences have continued to grow in scope and influence. This year we will discuss how to move beyond oil in transportation in ways that will also help make our communities more sustainable.

"To reduce oil dependence, nothing would do more good more quickly than making cars that could connect to the electric grid." David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs U.S. Department of Energy.

The Northwest will soon see a growing number of plug-in cars along with the public charging stations that, Alan Mulally emphasizes, are a key. Tesla, Nissan, Chevy, Fisker, and Toyota, among others, have all committed to producing plug-in vehicles. This transformative technology forms a foundation for the Sustainable Communities Initiative recently launched by the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and the EPA.

The Northwest region has recently received several competitive federal grant awards that will help establish the charging and information infrastructure for the plug-in cars. One of the recipients - Clean Cities - is putting together conference panels on the morning of the 23rd with biofuel and electricity experts to discuss the future of local, sustainable alternative fuel in our region in the context of what they are calling the 100 Mile Fuel Diet."

Sessions will also cover upcoming legislation and the potential impact to fleets in Washington State, and an introduction to the Evergreen Fleets certification program to help reach emission reduction goals. The speakers will include national and local elected officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Beyond Oil: The Sustainable Communities Initiative will take place at Microsoft's Executive Conference center in Redmond, Wash., October 23 and 24. You can view the entire preliminary agenda here.

You can view the PowerPoint Presentations given by the speakers below: (Additional presentations will be posted pending approval by the speakers)

Friday, Oct. 23
David Berdish, Ford Motor Company
Rob Bernard, Microsoft
Donald Karner, eTec, Inc.
Dennis McLerran, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Bryan Mistele, Inrix
Tim Murphy, Idaho National Laboratory
Marisa Nickle, University of Washington
Mike Tinskey, Ford Motor Company


Saturday, Oct. 24
Mark Aggar, Microsoft
Paul Minett, Trip Convergence
Kush Parikh, Inrix
Bill Rogers, Idaho National Laboratory
Spyros Sakellariadis, Microsoft








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