October 15, 2019, 12:00PM (ET)

Florida’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Webcast

Join the Florida Clean Cities Coalitions for a webcast on the State of Florida Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and funding opportunities. Attend this webinar to hear from the State’s designated beneficiary, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and learn more about the Mitigation Plan and eligible projects. Representatives from Florida’s Clean Cities Coalitions will present on tools and resources to prepare your organization for the next steps, and will discuss Plan implications for alternative fuel corridors. This webinar will also feature an interactive Q&A session with technical experts to address specific questions on potential eligible projects, fuels, vehicle technologies, and infrastructure. Download Handout

Presenters: John Paul (JP) Fraites, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Alexander Kolpakov, Tampa Bay Clean Cities/CUTR; and Doug Kettles, Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition

JP Fraites is the Program Consultant for the Division of Air Resource Management (Division) at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). JP is managing the development of DEP’s Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program, which combines the Volkswagen Settlement and EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Grant Program. Prior to joining DEP in December 2017, JP was a policy and budget analyst in the Governor’s Office, focusing on environmental and energy issues.

Alexander Kolpakov is a research associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. He has over 15 years of experience in transportation research. During his tenure at CUTR, he has managed a wide variety of transportation-related research projects including evaluating alternative propulsion technologies and fuels, performing economic impact analysis of transportation investment, assessing aviation capital investment and airport security needs, analyzing user rates and fees at public use airports, as well as performing transportation policy analysis. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Chuvash State University.

Doug Kettles is the Director and Coordinator of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition. He has more than 35 years of engineering and infrastructure experience, and specializes in transportation planning, infrastructure development and standards. Doug works with government and private fleets, and others, to transition to cleaner fuels, technology and infrastructure.

Q&A Panel Members

  1. Moderator: Austin Marie Sipiora – Tampa Bay Clean Cities/CUTR
  2. John Paul Fraites – DEP
  3. Doug Kettles – Central Florida Clean Cities
  4. Christopher Rustman, Florida Transportation Systems (FTS)

Austin Marie Sipiora is a faculty research assistant at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. She has over two years of experience in transportation research, with expertise in alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. During her tenure at CUTR, she has assisted with a variety of clean transportation and alternative fuel projects, including the development of education guidelines for electric vehicle operation and assessment of clean vehicle policies and programs. She also co-manages the Department of Energy-sponsored Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, and works directly with community stakeholders to facilitate petroleum reduction projects in the region. Prior to her tenure at CUTR, she conducted research in the fields of environmental policy, outreach, and education. She holds a Master of Arts in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida.

Chris Rustman joined the Florida Transportation Systems school bus sales team in the fall of 1999 and in 2001, he became the President of FTS. Since 2001, the company has continued to grow its functions in school and commercial bus sales, parts sales, warranty and service after the sales support. In 2007, FTS was named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest 500/5000 growing companies in the United States and the company now employs 43 full time employees in two Florida offices. Today, Florida Transportation Systems serves as the Florida authorized dealer for Blue Bird Buses, ENC buses, Goshen Coach, World Trans Bus, Collins Commercial Buses, Braun Mobility Products, Prime-Time Specialty Vehicles and Micro Bird products.



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