40 Sustainability All-Stars

September 2011, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Leech has served as the City of Sacramento fleet manager for the past five years. Under Keith’s leadership, the City’s Fleet has achieved the following:

  • The Fleet Sustainability Policy creating the Sustainable Fleet Program was adopted by the Sacramento City Council in 2007.
  • Fleet telematics and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology has provided more efficient driving routes, tracking, and reporting of idling time as demonstrated through a Return on Investment (ROI) study prepared by Avion Corporation.
  • 2010 Municipal Fleet Benchmarking Study results for the City of Sacramento are summarized as follows from 2009 to 2010:
  • CNG, LNG & E-85 fuel consumption rose 205%
  • Consumed 7.8% less gas in 2010 than the 2010 industry
  • Greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 1,717 metric tons, representing a 7.6% decrease.

Leech is also the Chairman of the Greater Sacramento Regional Clean Air Coalition (Clean Cities).


Cox Enterprises’ national sustainability program, Cox Conserves, began in 2007, and the company embraces various initiatives to ensure an eco-friendly fleet. Through its Mobile Resource Management (GeoManager GPS) project, the company reduced idle times as much as 84 percent, decreased vehicle mileage by 15 percent, and cut fuel consumption by 8 percent, depending on the market.  Of the 13,000 cars in Cox’s fleet, 90 percent are low emission vehicles. This year, Cox is purchasing 600 new bucket trucks that are electric over hydraulic.

At its corporate headquarters, employees with fuel-efficient vehicles have access to the premium parking spots. Those participating in alternative transportation can check-out a hybrid car during the day for offsite meetings. To participate in Cox Enterprises’ Executive Vehicle program, company leaders are incented to select cars that achieve 27 mpg or more. Clean Air Campaign recognized Cox with a PACE Large Business Award in 2006 and a PACE Innovator Award for a Green Fleet in 2008.



Lewis has served as a fleet professional for more than 21­ years at UCLA. Her overall sustainable transportation goals are to reduce energy consumption and transition to renewable power sources. These goals have been met by the 39.2% inventory of green vehicles to include CNG, hybrid, flex-fuel, electric, and fuel-cell hybrid vehicles of the 1,037 vehicle inventory. The fleet program partners with academic units to further the advancement of research projects for OEMs and fuel suppliers. UCLA has been recognized as an industry leader for innovative transportation programs and as an early adopter of new vehicle technologies.  UCLA has been honored with three SCAQMD Clean Air Awards for innovative transportation programs. Lewis is an active NAFA member and has served on a national level as Curriculum Chair and as a committee member. She received an Environmental Leadership Award in 2009.­­­­­ 


Longobart has dedicated almost thirty years of his life to green fleet management.  A Government Fleet Magazine Visionary Leadership Award winner, he has implemented forward-thinking initiatives in El Segundo, Calif., and Inglewood, Calif., using environmentally sustainable practices to decrease greenhouse gases, waste, and operating costs. A leader in alternative fuels and facility management, Longobart is a sought-after keynote speaker at industry conferences and has received several distinctions including Top 100 Best Fleets, All America City, Green Model Shop and special recognition for waste reduction achievements from the State of California Governor’s Office.


Malcom has been in the fleet business since 1982 and in the automobile business in one fashion or another since 1976.  He was recently voted to become an AFLA board member (2nd term) and is a member of the General Motors Commercial Sounding Board.

State Farm has been a pioneer in “sustainability” even before Malcom’s tenure. Van pools were implemented as early as 1981 and four-cylinder vehicles have been a major part of fleet for as long as they have been available.

State Farm acquired its first Toyota Prius in 2001 (a total loss settlement we repaired and one of the first 2000 produced) for research purposes and began implementing them into its fleet in numbers in 2004-2005.  Today, it has more than 725 hybrid vehicles and 5,200 flex fuel vehicles. 

In 2009, State Farm began to familiarize its employees with SmartWay (EPA designation) qualified vehicles and for the last two model years, more than 75% of purchases have been SmartWay vehicles.

State Farm and Malcom are honored to have been recognized in 2009 and 2010 as Fleet Environmental Leadership Award winners by Automotive Fleet magazine and to be ranked in the top 50 Green Fleets.

McGarry joined GM Fleet & Commercial Operations (FCO) in 2007 as marketing manager for alternative fuels and now serve as fleet sales manager for alternative energy vehicles.

GM is committed to helping customers green their fleets, offering biofuels, CNG and LPG, hybrids, and extended-range electric vehicles. The team represents GM at alternative-fuel conferences and we support Clean Cities and other likeminded industry groups.

GM believes biofuels are the best short-term solution to reduce petroleum dependence and the carbon footprint of driving, so we led national promotions for E-85 and its infrastructure development. McGarry’s global biofuels team won the Chairman’s Honors Award in 2008. For the 2011 model-year, it is marketing 19 FlexFuel vehicles — more than any other OEM.

McGarry also played a role in GM’s introduction of Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana CNG vans — the only brands to offer a one-source CNG option. And, we’re helping customers add the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range — the Chevrolet Volt, to their fleets.


In 2008, McKinney co-authored a book on the subject of sustainability entitled, The End Of The Road; The Transition To Safe Green Horsepower In it, he advocates for regional solutions to the problems of peak oil and greenhouse gas emissions.  

The forward to the book is written by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and readers and supporters include Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Peter DeFazio., McKinney also advocates for the recycling of EV industry infrastructure into a local manufacturing center for EV's.

 In 2010, he traveled to Croatia to strike a deal with DOK-ING of Zagreb, who brought the EV to Geneva that became the talk of the show. He’s a stakeholder in Leo Motors of S. Korea, makers of electric drivetrains, scooters, and developers of a zinc-air fuel cell. He met with their CEO and senior management at the Battery Show in San Jose, Calif., this year to discuss the application of their fuel cell technology on trucks, trains, and busses.

McKinney is an industry veteran with 28 years in automotive finance and leasing. Oregon Roads sold its first new electric truck, built by BATT, in 1995.

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