2014 Sustainability All-Stars Announced

November 2014, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Joanne Tucker - Also by this author

Greg Miller, Director of Fleet, DHL Express

  • With a total fleet size of 2,500, recently rolled out telematics to 1,400 vehicles to help improve routing and fuel consumption.
  • Has 312 vehicles that operate on LPG with plans for another 106 this year.
  • Operates 54 hybrid step vans, 400 clean diesel vans, and other electric/hybrid vehicles.

Tracy Ochsner, Assistant Operation Services Director, City of Fort Collins, Colo.

  • Alternative fuels make up 58 percent of total consumption and its use on the rise.
  • Implemented idle-reduction policy which limits idling to 30 seconds. 
  • Publishes monthly shop energy usage and cost graphs for employees to access.

Ted Olsen, Market Manager, Arro Autogas

  • Reduced emissions by 30 percent by switching 48 vehicles to propane autogas and diesel. 
  • Began recycling program at corporate office.
  • Chairman of Western Propane Gas Association, initiating the propane autogas vehicle road shows.

Tony Orta, Manager, Asset Management, SoCalGas

  • Operates nearly 1,000 CNG trucks – dedicated and bi-fuel, with plans to place an additional 1,000 CNG vehicles by 2018.
  • Meets or exceeds CARB regulations for utility fleet diesel particulate matter emissions.
  • 26 of 52 garages have CNG fueling stations, and that number is expected to grow.

Kiley Patino, Corporate Claims Specialist - Fleet Administrator, Esurance

  • Acquired and added Ford Fusion Hybrids to selector, greatly increasing the fleet’s average mpg.
  • Lowered fuel cost to $150 against 100 vehicles since 2008.
  • Plans to save 69,000 gallons of fuel by 2017 with addition of Fusion Hybrids.

Mike Payette, Director, Fleet Equipment, Staples

  • Operates 53 and growing all-electric trucks in seven states.
  • Operates biodiesel wherever possible and has 10 CNG Class 7-8 trucks.
  • Reduced maximum top speed depending on year/make/model to improve fuel economy.

Deanna Pressgrove, Public Works and Environmental Conservations Manager, City of Cathedral City, Calif.

  • Secured $1.5 million in funding since 2001 to help build onsite CNG fueling station.
  • Created a comprehensive Energy Action Plan to reduce energy consumption.
  • Supports development of the Coachella Valley Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan.

Kelly Reagan, Fleet Administrator, City of Columbus, Ohio

  • City’s first CNG station has pumped more than 500,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs), saving Columbus more than $600,000.
  • Chairman of MEMA-OH.
  • Three-time recipient of Sustainability Award for Columbus.

James Reinish, Manager, Central Automotive Division, Port Authority NY/NJ

  • Secured space at Port Authority’s airports to open three E-85 stations.
  • Opened the first hydrogen fueling station in New York City.
  • Worked with seven automotive shops to phase out hazardous cleaning products.

Mike Riley, President, Westco Express

  • Instituted driver incentive pay programs to encourage good driver behavior. 
  • Has been a leader in reducing fuel use and overall emissions for mid-size fleets. 
  • Increased fleet’s average mpg by more than 10 percent since 2009.

Abe Stephenson, Fleet and Administration Manager, Dish Network

  • Introduced 200 propane autogas vehicles, and onsite fueling into the fleet.
  • Focused on vehicle-specific solutions to reduce fuel and emissions.
  • Had fleetwide calibrations reducing 300 vans worth of emissions from roadways.

Charlie Stevenson, CAFM, Manager, Fleet and Materials Management, Aqua America

  • Received several Pennsylvania state grants for vehicles and infrastructure in 2014 to add more CNG vehicles to fleet.
  • Five-year plan includes addition of 90 large and small CNG vehicles in fleet.
  • Has a time-fill CNG station at Springfield, Pa., location.

John Talbot, Director of Fleet Services, Asplundh Tree Expert Co.



  • Launched a propane-powered 58-ft. aerial lift boom truck into fleet for the first time.
  • Asplundh has been a strong telematics user for several years now, with over 19,000 units installed on its fleet vehicles, and this technology has greatly improved the company’s overall fuel efficiency.
  • Planning to introduce dual-fueled (CNG/Gas) pickup trucks in the near future
  • Looking into dual-fueled (Propane/Gas) chippers

Jerome Webber, Vice President, Global Fleet and Transportation Management, AT&T


  • Deployed 10,200+ alt-fuel vehicles, including 8,000 dedicated-CNG service vehicles.
  • Developed strategy to rightsize fleet by replacing full-size service vehicles with more fuel efficient models.
  • Employed a garage-level sustainability program including tire and waste recycling.

Ed Yorek, Maintenance Manager, St. Cloud Metro Bus


  • Recognized with the Sustainability Award by the City of St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Converted a 40-foot New Flyer diesel bus to operate on used vegetable oil.
  • First public transit system in Minnesota to use CNG as a primary fueling source. 

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