George Survant, director of fleet services for Florida Power & Light Company, won first place for the Blue Sky Leadership Award. The award is given by Calstart to recognize one person’s unique actions to speed marketplace introduction of advanced, sustainable transportation that cleans the air, improves energy efficiency, and helps reduce greenhouse emissions. Survant is recognized for his visionary leadership and personal dedication in bringing together fleet support and action to take a hybrid-electric utility service truck from an idea to pre-production status. These first hybrid utility trucks will be delivered to fleets in 2005. Three Blue Sky Merit Awards were also selected this year. Merit awards recognize significant and noteworthy marketplace contributions:

  • Sysco Food Services of Los Angeles ( — is recognized for its work to implement an aggressive, voluntary liquefied natural gas truck deployment program from Sysco’s facility in Walnut, CA — the largest of Sysco's 146 facilities in the nation. Currently Sysco LA operates 53 LNG trucks and its goal is to convert 100 percent of its fleet to LNG by 2007.
  • Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling of Santa Clara, Calif. ( — is recognized for its fleet of five different types of natural gas refuse vehicles, as well as the installation of a public CNG refueling station off Highway 101.
  • IdleAire Technologies Corp. of Knoxville, Tenn., ( — is recognized for its Advanced Travel Center Electrification technology. The IdleAire system provides heating, cooling and a range of communications and entertainment services to long haul truck drivers, without having to run their engines while stopped. The system brings immediate and measurable air quality improvements, removing 100 percent of emissions from extended diesel idling.
    The Blue Sky Awards will be presented during lunch as part of the CALSTART “2020: California’s Transportation Energy Future” Conference on Dec. 2. The single-day conference focuses on finding solutions to achieve the state's goal of significantly reducing petroleum consumption and increasing the use of alternative fuels by 2020.
  • Originally posted on Fleet Financials