Breakfast Closing Session: Clean Fuels for Cleaner Cities

Jan 26, 8:00 — 10:00 AM EST

Sponsored by Kinder Morgan Terminals.
Enjoy a plated breakfast followed by an enlightening discussion as we wrap up the first-ever Clean Fuels Conference! You’ll learn the latest on a groundbreaking study that shows when it comes to fighting pollution at the community level – literally “a matter of life-and-death” – biodiesel rises to the top. We’ll also hear the latest research on how biodiesel, Bioheat® fuel and renewable diesel can provide immediate and substantial emissions reductions without having to wait for the latest technologies to come to market or become affordable. Then we’ll hear from national experts, including some from the DOE Clean Cities program, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023, on the future of reducing petroleum, and the impact of the Environmental Social Governance and Environmental Justice movements.


Floyd Vergara

Director of State Governmental Affairs
Clean Fuels Alliance America

Floyd Vergara serves as the Director of State Governmental Affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America. He manages the West Coast office in Sacramento, California, and manages a team of professionals responsible for government affairs in all 50 states. Previously, Vergara served as Chief and Assistant Chief in the Industrial Strategies Division and Research Division at the California Air Resources Board. With over three decades of experience at CARB, his expertise includes the Low Carbon Fuels Standard, climate change and air quality programs, renewable and conventional fuels, environmental justice, and other environmental issues. Vergara is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a licensed attorney with a JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Jenny Frank

Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology

Jenny Frank, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of renewable energy at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology (SUNY Morrisville). She received her doctorate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Her research focuses on quantifying the environmental, financial, and technical viability of renewable energy technologies, biomass feedstocks and alternative fuels. This includes techno-economic analyses for renewable energy pathways, including biodiesel. Her results found that when compared to battery-electric as a pathway to decarbonization, the biomass-based diesel pathway achieves the largest 20-year net present value.

Joy Gardner

Executive Director
Empire Clean Cities

Joy Gardner is the Executive Director of Empire Clean Cities, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalition Director for New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the New School for Public Engagement and has over 13 years experience working for a variety of social impact campaigns and organizations. Gardner has worked with public and private stakeholders to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum consumption, and advance clean transportation in the region.

Antoine Thompson

Executive Director
Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Antoine Thompson is a nationally recognized leader for environmental justice, green business, housing, diversity and urban policy. He serves as Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, a public-private partnership that promotes the use of clean, American transportation fuels for homeland security, improved air quality, environment justice, diversity and inclusion. A native of Buffalo, New York, he is a former New York state senator. He is the former Executive Director of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the oldest organization of African American real estate professionals in the U.S. Thompson is a graduate of State University of New York – Brockport with a dual bachelors’ degree in History and African and Afro-American Studies, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Medaille College.

Mark Fitz

Star Oilco

Mark Fitz is President of Star Oilco, an 85 year old fuel distribution business based in Oregon that started in home heating fuels and has grown into a full service petroleum and biofuel distributor. Mark’s first experience with biodiesel was in 1996 while being trained on an innovative new fuel used by the U.S. Department of Defense. Then and now, Mark was fascinated by the idea of biodiesel. Returning to the family business in 2000, Mark went to work on developing customers for biodiesel as a drop-in low carbon fuel, building out a series of retail B99 pumps in the Pacific Northwest. He’s also a board member of the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, and has been a member for more than 20 years.


Bailey Arnold

Director of Clean Air Initiatives
American Lung Association

Bailey Arnold is an environmental science, health and sustainability professional with the American Lung Association, where he currently serves as a Director of Clean Air Initiatives. He has been with ALA since 2015, focusing on the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies. He also manages the B20 Clubs of Illinois and Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies from Illinois State University and an Associate of Arts with Honors in Architectural Construction Technology from Lincoln Land Community College, where he focused heavily on LEED building technologies.

Room: Conference Central

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