Sustainable Transportation Forum in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) – In a way Chattanooga has been ahead of the curve when it comes to environmentally-friendly technology.

Christina Treglia, Director of External Affairs with TDEC recalls, “Chattanooga was the first electric bus fleet and that was about 20 years ago when they did that.”

Chattanooga was a popular choice to host to the second annual Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum. The two days of speeches and discussions celebrated innovation in fleets, fuels, and cleaner off-road transportation.

“You might not think about elevators as transportation, but it’s vertical transportation. So there’s actually energy efficiencies you can make in how you sort out your passengers and how your elevators are designed,” says Treglia.

The event also showcased a 3D printed car powered by electricity and natural gas, as well as twenty other alternative fuel vehicles.

Speakers discussed the long term cost savings of alternative fuel vehicles.

Johnathan Overly with the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Commission says, “It’s a higher capital but you’re going to save over time. And we want to help them create those savings and when the end, after whether its 2 years or 5 years or if its bigger vehicles and its 10 years they have cost savings to show. And they can put that back into something..they can buy more vehicles with.”

Awards recognized outstanding efforts in the state of Tennessee to reduce transportation-related energy emissions

“Maybe it would be fun next year to have a bicycle powered smoothie machine,” jokes Tregila.

Categories: Chattanooga, Environment, Hamilton County, Local News

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