March 30 | Fully Charged: Can Minnesota transition to electric buses?

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When: Wednesday, March 30, 7:00-8:30 AM                                                    button.fw

Where: Town and Country Club, 300 N Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: $30 Fresh Energy members/Government employees/Students, $45 General admission

*A handful of tickets are still available. Once those tickets are sold, registrations will move to a waitlist* 

The City of Duluth recently received a federal grant to purchase six electric buses and several other Minnesota communities are currently considering them, including the Twin Cities. Indianapolis, Seattle, and Dallas are already on the road to electric bus systems that offer reliable transportation, reduced diesel consumption, and reduced air pollutants. Proterra, the country’s largest electric bus manufacturer, has a goal to move bus fleets away from fossil fuels to electric vehicles. They believe that a city’s decision to blindly re-order 500 diesel buses is similar to deciding to build a new coal-fired power plant in the middle of the city.

Join Fresh Energy for a conversation with Matt Horton, vice president of sales and marketing for Proterra, and Shawntera Hardy, deputy chief of staff for Governor Mark Dayton, to explore why and how Minnesota communities can transition to electric buses and what it will take to get there.


horton.fwMATT HORTON is the vice president of sales and marketing at Proterra, the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles for the transit industry. Prior to Proterra, Horton served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., helping to earn the company a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Over the course of his career, Horton has been an operating executive, venture capitalist, and investment banker and is a regular speaker at clean energy conferences.


SHAWNTERA HARDY serves as the deputy chief of staff for Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Shawntera previously served as director of Fresh Energy’s transportation and built environment program. She was a government relations manager at HealthPartners for a number of years and worked as a planner for the City of Saint Paul. Shawntera holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from SUNY at Buffalo.

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