HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS — As part of the Third Annual Lake County Green Symposium, several electric and natural gas vehicles will be on display for symposium-goers, including a Chevrolet Volt.
Provided by Progress Energy Florida for display at the Symposium, the Volt is a full performance and full speed electric passenger vehicle that uses battery power for a range of roughly 35 miles before having to rely on gas. Also on display will be a Honda Civic GX brought by TECO Gas, a Ford E-350 provided by Ferrellgas, an EnviroGard Mower supplied by Heritage Propane and several electric-powered motorcycles by Zero Motorcycles.
According to American Honda Motor Company’s website, the Civic GX is an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero-Emission Vehicle fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for nearly zero emissions. The Ford E-350 that will be available for viewing also relies on CNG as its fuel source.
EnviroGard’s low-polluting lawn mowers run on propane, and have up to a 60 percent reduction in smog forming emissions and 80 percent reduction in toxic emissions compared to similar mowers that operate with diesel or gasoline fuel.
Zero Motorcycles, a leader in electronic motorcycles, will be allowing participants to drive their electric-powered motorcycles on a closed course at the symposium.
The Third Annual Lake County Green Symposium, co-hosted with Volusia County, will be on Friday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission Inn Resort & Club, located at 10400 County Road 48 in Howey-in-the-Hills.
The purpose of the symposium is for professionals to share ideas about conserving and maximizing natural resources. The intended audience for the symposium includes business entrepreneurs, land-use planners, engineers, architects, civil engineers, solid-waste staff, agriculture and transportation experts, energy block grant officials, organic health professionals, and public health & government officials.
The cost of attending the symposium is $95, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. A keynote speaker will be featured at the luncheon. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m.
For reservations at Mission Inn Resort & Club, call (800) 874-9053. To register for the symposium, call the Lake County Department of Growth Management at (352) 343-9642 or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/greensymposium.