Staff and students from Illinois community colleges are traveling the state as part of a three-day tour to promote electric vehicles and their charging stations.
Illinois Green Economy Network, a community college partnership, is spearheading the tour, which kicked off Monday at John A. Logan College in Carterville with the help of Lt. Gov. and Democratic candidate for Illinois Comptroller Sheila Simon.
"I am pleased to see Illinois' community colleges showing how they are taking the lead in utilizing and promoting sustainable technology," Simon said in a statement. "By making charging stations available on campus, schools are not only supporting safe and reliable EV [electric vehicle] technology and our environment; they are also making it more convenient for employees who own or are considering an electric vehicle to charge at the workplace."
The tour is stopping at community colleges in the state with electric vehicle charging stations. It will conclude Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.
The "Electric Vehicle Road Trip" is meant to "demonstrate the progress of the Illinois community colleges strengthening EV infrastructure (the "IL Community College EV Highway"), to promote further deployment of EV infrastructure, and to raise awareness about EV technology and the environmental issues that necessitate a move to a more sustainable transportation infrastructure," a news release from the Illinois Green Economy Network reads.
Click through for more on the tour and a list of the planned events with various speakers and Illinois officials.