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Public Sector Fleet 'Green' Leaders

The Environmental Leadership Awards recognize individuals whose commitment and vision yielded significant eco-responsible initiatives.

December 2009, by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Presented at the 2009 Green Fleet Conference in Chicago last October, the Environmental Leadership Awards honored individuals at 20 public sector fleets for their significant contributions in promoting environmentally responsible fleet operations. All honorees are listed here.

City of Cambridge, Mass., Sydney Cox, supervisor & master mechanic.

The City of Cambridge, Mass., is currently working to take an existing vehicle, truck, or car and add an electric assist to save gasoline or diesel fuel.

New diesels trucks the City is purchasing will meet the 2010 and 2011 diesel emissions standards.

"One of the biggest thing we are trying to do is purchase more hybrid vehicles and vehicles with smaller engines," said Cox. "One other major item I have been doing in the shop is purchase green chemicals for cleaning shop hands and automotive equipment."

The City also works to keep vehicle engines tuned up and has a strong preventive maintenance program.

City of Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley and Commissioner Michael Picardi.

Last fall, Mayor Daley unveiled the Chicago Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive and detailed strategy to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change throughout the entire City - including businesses, residents, institutions, and the city government itself. Chicago's plan is the first to both identify emission sources and anticipated impacts of climate change and propose ideas that specifically respond to that research.

In October, Mayor Daley announced a $15-million energy efficiency grant award under the federal economic stimulus program. It will lead to the deployment of 554 alternative-fuel and hybrid-electric vehicles and the installation of 153 alternative fueling and re-charging stations throughout the area that will help displace 3 million gallons of petroleum per year.

Under Mayor Daley's leadership, the Green Fleets program already operates 592 alternative-fuel vehicles, 252 hybrid vehicles and eight electric vehicles. The idle-reduction campaign has led to 750 medium- and heavy-duty trucks programmed for automatic idle shutdown and 520 diesel units fitted with exhaust-retrofit technology.

In addition to the greenhouse-gas reduction strategies under the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Green Fleets program aims to increase the number of hybrid/alternative-fuel vehicles in the fleet by 10 percent annually; to retrofit all possible pre-2007 diesel vehicles with emissions-reduction devices; to reduce or eliminate idling wherever possible; and to take all other practical actions to reduce fuel usage, displace petroleum and reduce pollutant emissions.

To date in 2009, the Green Fleets program has reduced harmful pollutant emissions from the City's fleet by an average of 2.5 tons per month.

City of Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

Approximately 73 percent of all Columbus bulk diesel purchases are currently biodiesel. More than half of all new vehicles/equipment purchased so far this year are considered "green."

The City is currently working to implement its $1.3 CMAQ grant ($1.068 grant funds with 20 percent City match of $267,000) - projects include emission reduction retrofits (DOCs and DPFs, anti-idling equipment installations (engine coolant heaters and hydraulic oil heaters), and the purchase of 14 CNG heavy duty vehicles.

The City has targets to retrofit 50 percent of eligible vehicles with either DOCs or DPFs by the end of 2009 - and is on track to meet this target. A plan to retrofit 100 percent of eligible vehicle by end of 2010 is in effect as well, and the City is also on track to meet this target as well. All retrofits are being completed with grants funds received through the CMAQ grant.

The City has a target to install engine coolant and/or hydraulic heaters (anti-idling devices) on 100 percent of eligible vehicles by the end of 2009 (also using CMAQ funds).

Part of the CMAQ award will be used to purchase nine CNG Refuse trucks and five CNG heavy-duty vehicles in 2010.

The City was recently awarded a grant through the Department of Energy Clean Cities fund for $1.27 million which will fund the construction of a CNG fueling station and the purchase of seven heavy-duty CNG vehicles and five heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.

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