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On the Road to Energy Independence

November 26, 2008

New hybrid trucks and all-electric vehicles took over the campus of Lehman College during the fourth annual 'Road to Energy Independence' conference.

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New hybrid trucks and all-electric vehicles took over the campus of Lehman College during the fourth annual 'Road to Energy Independence' conference. The meeting was organized by the CUNY Center for Sustainable Energy and attracted about 300 people. The New York City Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research, and other organizations drove their eco-friendly cars onto the campus. In this segment, Tria Case, executive director of the Center of Sustainable Energy, Jessica Horne, marketing associate for Clean Air New York, and Franklin Cruz, president and CEO of Direct Environmental Corporation, talk about the need for new alternative technology and renewable energy vehicles.



My name is Tria Case. I'm the executive director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, which is housed at CUNY's Bronx Community College campus, and we have traveled from Bronx Community College to Lehman College today to host the Fourth Annual Alternative Technology-- vehicle technology conference. And if you walked around outside, you saw that there are about 30 vehicles representing all sorts of technologies out there, from CNG to fuel cell to plug-in hybrid electric.

And we have probably about 300 folks here today who are learning about these vehicles, how to maintain these vehicles, the policies that have supported the implementation of these vehicles, and talking to each other about their experiences as they begin changing out their fleets.

And that's very important to us in the Bronx, as we have leaders, business leaders, that begin to adopt alternative-fueled vehicles that don't emit when they're delivering our goods. And I think that we will see, as businesses begin to adopt these new vehicles, that we cannot interrupt our way of life. We can still receive the goods that we want to receive, but we can have less impact on our environment and on our bodies.

And that ultimately is the goal. And also, I think it's important because we are currently relying on fuels that we have no control over, in terms of cost and availability. And when we begin to look at purchasing alternative fueled vehicles like this, we begin to rely on our own fuel and then are more self-reliant, and that's true energy independence.



My name's Jessica Horne. I'm the marketing associate for Clean Air New York. The air quality is really important in the New York area. We don't meet the national standards for air quality, and it's particularly important for people with asthma, children, and the elderly.



My name is Franklin Cruz. I'm the president and CEO of DEC Green, specializing in green products and waste removal systems. We also represent the world's first and only solar-powered trash compacting garbage can, and the impact it will have on the environment, if city and state sanitation services don't need to ploy their trucks every day. They can reduce carbon emissions and improve the quality of life.



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