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Fleet Fuel Reduction Goals/Standards

A Clean and Green Fleet PlanThe Office of Sustainability and Environment manages the Clean and Green Fleet Plan, a program designed to protect and improve air quality and to encourage smart fuel and vehicle choices in the community by making its own vehicle fleet a model of environmental best practices. In fall of 2006, the mayor released the Citys Climate Action Plan, which details plans for continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and for greening the Citys fleets, as well as fleets throughout the community.

    Meter Reader using Segway
  • To cut down on smog forming emissions, in 1992, the City started adding cars that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), a cleaner burning fuel.
  • Since 2003, 78 percent of the Citys new light-duty vehicle purchases have been hybrid or biodiesel vehicles.
  • In 2001, the entire diesel fleet was converted to cleaner ultra-low sulfur diesel. And work started on retrofitting 400 of the Citys heavy duty trucks with emission control devices. These two measures cut toxics and particulates by about 50% per vehicle.
  • In 2002, the fleet was downsized by 200 vehicles, returning it to 1998 levels.
  • At least half of all compact cars purchased by the City each year use alternative fuels or get at least 45 miles per gallon.
  • The diesel fleet now uses a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.
  • Personal mobility vehicles (i.e., Segways) are used for jobs like water meter reading. Segways have zero emissions, are cost efficient to recharge and, in some cases, replace the use of a car.
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