Kara Demirjian Huss Champions EV Emissions Standards and Workforce Development

Kara Demirjian Huss, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Sustainability, and Public Affairs at TCCI Manufacturing and Founder and President of DCC Marketing, a WBE and WBENC, is aligning with EV industry leaders in a concerted effort to advocate for enhanced emissions standards targeting heavy-duty vehicles.

Under her leadership at TCCI, a strong proponent of sustainable solutions, Demirjian Huss has played a pivotal role in scalable pathways for those striving towards zero emissions. Her dual focus on driving change in the heavy-duty electrification industry and fostering workforce development underscores her comprehensive approach to sustainability and innovation.

Demirjian Huss was recently featured in the Electrification Coalition article, “Illinois Mayors Urge Biden Administration to Finalize the Strongest Possible Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles.” The article addresses a letter sent by a coalition of 75 mayors urging the swift approval of the EPA’s robust proposal for GHG Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Phase 3 rule (HDV rule). This initiative aims to expedite the transition from traditional internal combustion engine vehicles to heavy-duty electric vehicles. In the article, Demirjian Huss discusses the critical need to address rapidly rising carbon emissions from the transportation sector, underscoring the shift from fossil fuels to full electrification.

“Passing a federal emission standard can further amplify our efforts to drive economic growth, support sustainability and climate goals, and improve air quality throughout communities nationwide,” said Demirjian Huss. “The time is now for a strong federal standard that will put us on the path to a cleaner future.”

TCCI’s and Demirjian Huss’s commitment to this cause is evident as construction progresses on the Illinois EV Innovation Hub, a three-tiered approach to advancement which will include the Climatic Center for Innovation and Research (CCIR), a cutting-edge R&D facility aimed at boosting significant research and advancements in charging, range, emissions, and data analytics.

The EV Innovation Hub will also include a made-in-America electric compressor production line and the EV + Energy Workforce Training Academy, a collaborative initiative with universities and community colleges providing students with an immersive learning experience, allowing them to work alongside industry experts in a real-world setting and addressing workforce shortages in the electrification and manufacturing sectors.

Appointed by Governor JB Pritzker in 2023, Demirjian Huss serves on the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB), tasked with overseeing the development, implementation, and modification of the Unified State Plan, providing strategic leadership for the state’s workforce development system. During an appearance on an iHeart Radio National podcast, “Women Inspire Chicago,” hosted by Jeanne Sparrow she recently shared insights on workforce initiatives and leadership.

“I am committed to being a voice for communities and industries, leading change and developing performance-based strategies that drive job growth in our state,” said Demirjian Huss. “In advocating for sustainability and workforce development, we pave the way for a future where economic prosperity and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.”