Cinco de Mayo Festival

Chuck Zimmerman

Cinco de MayoI know this doesn’t have anything to do with the Clean Cities Congress but it’s part of the local scene in downtown Phoenix this weekend.

Cinco de Mayo may have been Friday but it’s being celebrated this weekend.

There’s a lot of food vendors and multiple music stages. So to let you have a taste of the event I’ve got a couple of short video clips for you. In this first one you’ll see the bell ringing vendors who wander around: Watch wmv file Jingle Bells (wmv file)

To get an idea of what one of the stage shows was like you can watch this one: Watch wmv file Stage Show (wmv file)

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Clean Cities Coordinators

Chuck Zimmerman

Clean Cities CoordinatorsI am very impressed with these Clean Cities coordinators.

Even after having started the party at the Diamondbacks game they sat still just long enough for this picture.

These are the people from all over the country who are working hard to make this program work.

We’ll be interacting with them more over the next several days.

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Interviews From The Dinner

Chuck Zimmerman

Jim Snider & Colleen CrowninshieldAt the Clean Cities Coordinators Dinner I spoke with the sponsor and one of the coordinators.

Pictured are Jim Snider, DaimlerChrysler and Colleen Crowninshield, Clean Cities Program Manager, Tuscon, AZ. I spoke first with Colleen. She is a full time coordinator and is here for some very specific reasons which she explains in our interview. You can listen here: Listen To MP3 Colleen Crowninshield Interview (2 min MP3)

After speaking with Colleen, I got Jim to take a few moments to talk about the committment his company is making to support the growth of alternative fuel technology. Jim also looks ahead a little and describes what he sees for the company and this industry. You can listen to my interview with Jim here: Listen To MP3 Jim Snider Interview (3 min MP3)

I’ll have lots more interviews and audio over the next several days. The Clean Cities Congress & Expo officially gets started later today.

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Welcome Coordinators

Chuck Zimmerman

Jim SniderThere was a reason why some of us were at the Diamondbacks game last night.

It was the location of the annual Clean Cities Coordinators Dinner. Once again the dinner was sponsored by DaimlerChrysler, represented by Jim Snider.

At the start of the game Jim welcomed us all there. You can listen to his comments here: Listen To MP3 Jim Snider Welcome (1 min MP3)

Thanks very much to Jim and DaimlerChrysler for bringing us together and allowing the coordinators the opportunity to get to know each other better.

I’ll have a personal interview with Jim in the next post.

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Good Night For Local Sports

Chuck Zimmerman

Chase FieldThe biggest game in Phoenix last night was the Suns/Lakers playoff game (way to go Suns) but there was another game in town too.

The local boys won this one too.

In case you wonder what it was like you can watch a very short video clip here: Watch wmv file Diamondback Game (wmv file)

It was a beautiful night for baseball.

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What’s All The Talk About?

Lauren Ciemniak

Lauren Ciemniak Hi, my name is Lauren Ciemniak and I’m a sophomore at Stevenson High School, who’s interested in journalism. Do you ever talk about alternative fuels in your household? This is a common subject at my dinner table. My mom always talks about E85, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. These dinner conversations made me curious to learn more on alternative fuels.

So here I am in beautiful Phenoix at the National Clean Cities Conference, ready to learn. I am anxious to hear from guest speakers like Senator John McCain and Dr. Robert Hirsch regarding their views on alternative fuels. Many high school students don’t know anything about these options to reduce dependency on foriegn oil. Hopefully after this conference, I will be able to share my knowledge and help the next generation care more about keeping our air clean.

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But enough about me, let’s talk about fuel

Peter West

Peter WestYou maybe read the little bio about who I am, so I am not going to spend a lot of time introducing myself. But just in case you didn’t read it, my name is Peter West, and I am a sophomore Marketing major from Emerson College in Boston. I am spending the week in sunny (when I say sunny, I mean ridiculously hot) Phoenix, Arizona, where I will be working with registration at the Clean Cities conference. During this week, I hope to find out really what is going on in the world of alternative fuels, and why exactly they are such a big deal. The only information which has been directed at today’s youth on the threat of the wasteful society we live in, comes from over exaggerated movies on the end of the world via global warming, or from screaming talk show liberals. The youth of today is tomorrow’s economic powerhouse, and I want to know how alternative fuels can be marketed towards a younger demographic. The technology is out there, the cars are in production, now all that is needed are people willing to trade in their Hummers for more fuel efficient alternatives. It can happen, us kids just need a little information.

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Blogging Crew Ready For Action

Chuck Zimmerman

Blogging CrewHere’s your blogging crew for the next several days from the Clean Cities Congress.

That’s me on the left, then Lauren, Peter and Kimberly. Actually it’s Lauren and Peter who will begin writing their posts starting tonight or tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to this. I think it will be interesting to see the perspective that these students will bring to our coverage. I hope you enjoy it too.

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The Baggage Handlers

Chuck Zimmerman

Getting Registration ReadyEven though it’s Saturday afternoon and the conference doesn’t start until tomorrow, there’s plenty of work going on.

Like these busy people preparing the attendee bags that they’ll get when they register.

Registration will be open starting at 10am tomorrow.

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Getting Started In Phoenix

Chuck Zimmerman

Chevy E85 TahoeI’m in Phoenix and ready for the fun to begin. Today is set-up day here at the Clean Cities Congress & Expo. That’s why you’ll see vehicles like this Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside prior to going to the trade show floor.

It’s also Cinco de Mayo festival time in downtown Phoenix. I know that was yesterday but the party is today. I also just found out that game 7 of the Phoenix/LA NBA playoffs is here tonight too. It’s definitely going to be a crowded downtown.

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