This webinar focused on the heavy duty vehicle sector, one of California’s biggest decarbonization challenges. Presenters shared stories from the frontlines about impacts on community health and well-being as well as opportunities for transforming heavy duty fleets. This webinar asked the question: what is the best way to transition heavy duty vehicles, including those used in public transit and trucking around California ports, to cleaner, climate- and community-friendly alternatives?
Co-Director, Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State
Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner is Co-Director at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State. She was appointed to the California Air Resources Board in December 2020 and also serves on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Dr. Pacheco-Werner is a health policy researcher by training with a focus on the effects of neighborhoods on health. She has published articles on the effects of air quality on maternal-child health, and has policy publications on the relationship between air quality mitigation and residential segregation.
Bill Magavern joined Coalition for Clean Air in 2012 and is the Policy Director. Bill has more than 25 years of experience advocating for environmental and public interest causes. He has authored numerous reports and articles on energy and environmental issues and testifies frequently before the State Legislature, Air Resources Board, and other agencies.
Policy Advocate, Central California Asthma Collaborative
Kimberly McCoy was inspired by her son, Norwood to create a healthier and thriving community for all children and families and is now a dedicated community advocate and leader. She earned a degree in accounting at Fresno City College. But it was her passion and dedication to the health of her community that led her to join Fresno Building Healthy Communities as Project Director in 2018. As a Climate and Environmental Justice Associate, Kimberly joins CCAC’s mission to create a healthier San Joaquin Valley. As a former Owner/Operator of heavy-duty trucks, she has provided valuable insight for the AB 617 truck re-route study and is dedicated to reducing the health impacts of diesel exhaust in the Valley.
Kevin is a Deputy Director at CALSTART and is based out of Orange County. He has been leading the Data Validation & Assessment Team for six years, implementing demo and pilot projects and providing services such as third-party data validation, analysis, and technical assistance to fleets looking to adopt clean transportation technologies. He has managed several battery-electric bus demonstration projects aimed at assisting transit agencies with EV deployment and validation. Kevin is the technical advisor to CALSTART’s Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program which recognizes fleets that have taken steps to reduce their environmental impact through sustainable actions. He is also currently managing a nationwide EV data collection effort with the Department of Energy and several data collection efforts with the California Air Resources Board.
Kurt began working at the Center in 2019. He previously founded and directed a renewable energy project development consulting firm, bringing new projects online ranging from 8 kW to 8 MW. Kurt also founded a small hydropower trade association where he lobbied successfully for regulatory reform before Congress and the Colorado legislature. Kurt also worked in the solar industry for Recurrent Energy and also for the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Kurt worked at the U.S. EPA for eleven years where he founded the EPA renewable energy program, the Green Power Partnership. Kurt started his career in 1991 working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Richard Swett (D-NH). Kurt holds an MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and an MA and BA from Stanford University.
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