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40 Sustainability All-Stars

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

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Bond has taken a broad look at Alameda County’s environmental stewardship with more than 18 years of fleet experience in both public and private agencies. He analyzes vehicle emissions from both the county fleet and employees’ vehicles. Doug is addressing all of the concerns by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles, purchasing all-electric and hybrid vehicles, running B20 for the county’s diesel vehicles, using recycled oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid, adding GPS, implementing Invers motor pool, adding laptops for paperless work orders, and promoting carpooling and alternatives for employees to get to and from work throughout the day. Doug is the project manager for a grant partnership involving eleven local government agencies to purchase 90 all-electric vehicles and charging stations.

Michael Britt serves as Director of Maintenance and Engineering for all international operations for UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services. Britt joined UPS in 1986 and worked in various capacities including operations, industrial engineering, and automotive engineering. He spent five years in California as the region automotive engineering manager and gained a clear understanding of the environmental concerns there. Britt has led efforts in alternative-fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet. These projects include compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, electric technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid vehicle development, including both hybrid electric and hydraulic hybrid technologies. Presently, he manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations and continues to manage fleet sustainability issues in the U.S. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, DOE Review Panel and served with The United Way as a member of the Board of Directors in several California locations. He received a BS degree in Automotive Technology and a MBA in Management.

 

Calk has more than 45 years of fleet experience, 21 of which were spent at the executive management level. He spent seven years managing county government fleets ranging in size from 400 to 1,400 units, followed by 10 years as the state fleet manager for South Carolina, managing more than 17,000 units, followed by four years as the fleet administrator for Kansas City with over 3,500 units, and then as the fleet officer for Austin, managing a fleet of over 5,400 units. 

He has extensive experience in all aspects of fleet and fuel systems management and was nationally recognized for implementation and use of alternative fuels and management of sustainable fleets. 

 

Campbell was a mechanic before becoming a fleet manager 20 years ago. He has been the director of fleet management for the City of Fort Wayne since 2003. Campbell’s 31 years of experience and leadership in working with private and municipality fleets offers great value to the City and the industry. He said he constantly looks at ways to improve and has implemented new initiatives on environmental issues: switching the city’s diesel fleet to biodiesel (B20), E85 for gas engine vehicles, and putting in place the replacement plan justification for the city hybrid program. Currently he heads up and is working on the city-wide electric plug-in vehicle program.   

The Fort Wayne fleet was the first in the state to do an idle reduction program with the diesel engines, using software already developed by the manufacturers.  As a result, the city fleet has had a reduction of over 24,000 gallons of B20 with the idle reduction policies that have been put in place for the past 6 years. The “Green City Initiative” has impacted reductions in emissions from city equipment by 30 percent using B-20 (biodiesel) and 60,000 gallons of B-100 in 2010. According to Campbell, 52 percent of fleet can run on E-85 (it used 82,000 gallons in 2010) and 7 percent of the fleet consists of full hybrid vehicles. Among the newest vehicles put in service during the first quarter 2011 was a hybrid concept jet truck put in service. Campbell’s goal is a 60-percent fuel reduction for same type of current units. An article in the August issue of Municipal Sewer and Water (www.mswmag.com) spotlighted this project. 

 

 

Chesson’s career with NASA began in 2004, following several years with United Space Alliance and Lockheed. 

Chesson’s efforts have displaced millions of gallons of petroleum and initiated numerous programs and outreach. He was instrumental in coordinating The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) obtaining 39 EVs and 24 AFVs. KSC’s fleet, of more than 1,500 units is over 75 percent green. He’s developed Space Act Agreements partnering with Honda, BMW, and Hybrid Technologies Inc. for demonstration, test, and evaluation. He consistently researches and investigates innovative means for making the agency as green as possible.

 

 

Dafoe is a Senior Project Leader for the Clean Cities program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For the past 15 years, she has managed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center and assisted Clean Cities’ almost 90 coordinators with all their informational needs. Through this network of coordinators, Clean Cities enables fleets to reduce their petroleum consumption by providing them with data and tools through its websites and technical assistance project, as well as with connections to local and federal funding opportunities. She also helped Clean Cities and its coalitions displace of more than 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum through education and technical assistance.

 

For the past five years, Douglas has led Kenworth’s “Green Initiatives” covering the growing markets for diesel-electric hybrid and natural gas trucks and has worked directly with the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, and Seattle on clean truck strategies. During his 30-year career in the transportation business, he has held numerous positions within PACCAR, including Kenworth, PACCAR Financial, and PacLease, that included both domestic and international assignments. Douglas holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics and a master of business administration.

 

Frodl has eight years of experience in the fleet industry, and she has spent the past six years focusing on fleet sustainability products and services as part of GE’s ecomagination initiative. She’s been a pioneer in sustainable fleet transportation by driving adoption of EVs across the industry and within GE’s own fleet as part of the company’s landmark commitment to purchase 25,000 EVs by 2015.  She’s been a speaker at numerous key industry events and an expert source quoted in numerous media articles to promote EV adoption. She is leading GE’s EV Experience Tour, engaging more than 2,000 influential stakeholders across North America in a dialogue about EVs. Frodl also leads GE’s global relationship with EV OEMs and continues to play an important role in GE’s partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets and the Electrification Coalition. In 2012, she will launch GE’s state-of-the-art Customer Experience Center to showcase alternative-fuel products for the fleet industry. 

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