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Wednesday, February 24 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pursue Community - Partnering on EVs: How Cities and Universities are Electrifying Their Fleets to Help Achieve Common Climate Goals

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This session will bring together representatives from the City of Orlando and neighboring University of Central Florida to discuss their coordination and advancements in electrifying fleet vehicles to help achieve their climate goals. The session will feature Mr. Chris Castro (Director of the City of Orlando's Office of Sustainability & Resilience) and Dr. Jim Fenton (Director of the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center) and include information on how other universities can become involved in the EV Purchasing Collaborative (a partnership between Climate Mayors, the Electrification Coalition, and Second Nature), electrify their fleets, and access resources through the Collaborative.

Some key takeaways from this session include:
  • There is so much room for growth in terms of vehicle efficiency as transportation currently wastes 79% of its energy
  • A lot of change will be occurring over the coming years as we not only transition our vehicles to run on electricity but integrating these electricity assets to our cities and systems at-large

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Sarah Reed

Program Manager, Electrification Coalition
Sarah Reed is an outreach and engagement organizer at the Electrification Coalition. She is responsible for guiding public and private fleets through the transition to electric vehicles and specifically supports the EC’s Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative... Read More →

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James Fenton

Director & Professor, University of Central Florida's FSEC Energy Research Center

Chris Castro

Director of Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
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James Ritchotte

Executive Director, Climate Mayors
James Ritchotte is the Executive Director of Climate Mayors and has served in this role since 2018. James is responsible for strategic direction of the network, including member engagement and partner collaboration, as mayors seeks to shape, advocate for, and deliver on an ambitious... Read More →

Wednesday February 24, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST