Green Operations

2014 Sustainability All-Stars Announced

November 2014, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Joanne Tucker - Also by this author

Sustainability All Stars in attendance at the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo.
Sustainability All Stars in attendance at the 2014 Green Fleet Conference & Expo.

Now in its fourth year, the Sustainability All Stars of 2014 add to a growing list of fleet professionals who have demonstrated significant contributions to environmental sustainability and fleet efficiencies in the industry. The awards look at four main criteria:

  • Longevity: Time in the fleet industry dedicated to sustainability efforts.
  • Accomplishments: Examples of recent, significant sustainability achievements.
  • Innovation: Innovative ways individuals have contributed to reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
  • Industry involvement: Involvement in industry-wide efforts to promote sustainable fleet solutions. Included here are a few highlights of each winner and their fleet, though many are doing far more than what’s listed.

Official winner announcements were made live at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo on Oct. 30 in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Tom Armstrong, Director of Fleet, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

  • Added 20 hybrid-electric service vehicles in 2014.
  • Use of alt-fuel vehicles saved over 710,000 gallons of gas and 115,000 gallons of diesel from 2010 to October 2013.
  • Currently operates 85 propane-autogas-powered vehicles, and growing.

Jeremy Baker, Fleet Manager, Green Mountain Power

  • Rightsizing initiatives after a company merger resulted in higher fleet utilization.
  • Growing pool fleet to minimize personal mileage reimbursement; all new pool vehicles are EV or hybrid models.
  • Uses electric low-speed vehicles for nearby errands and campus use, and has onsite EV chargers.

Jim Bigelow, Director, Enterprise Fleets, Cox Enterprises

  • Replaced 1,500 Chevrolet Express and Ford 
  • E-Series with Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. 
  • Deploying routing software, which will 
  • result in a 20-percent reduction in mileage. 
  • Using electric-hydraulic booms on bucket trucks to eliminate idling.

Douglas Bond, Transportation Services Manager, Alameda County, Calif.

  • Received EV Readiness Award for Bay Area 
  • Climate Collaborative.
  • Grew hybrid/electric fleet to 253 units.
  • Installed 40 dual-port charging stations at 
  • six locations throughout the county.

Greg Brake, Associate Director, DeKalb County, Ga.

  • Reduced gasoline consumption by 6.5 percent, or 121,455 gallons.
  • Replaced three gasoline- and 11 diesel-powered vehicles with CNG-powered units.
  • Added 486 additional telematics systems to fleet.

Bonnie Brown, Administration Services Manager, Roche Diagnostics

  • Vehicle selector choice drove a 30-percent increase in fuel economy.
  • Honored as finalist in 2014 NAFA Fleet Excellence Awards in fleet sustainability.
  • Established a sustainability goal to increase fleet mpg by 2015.

Dave Champagne, Fleet Superintendent, City of Roanoke, Va.

  • Replaced 35 percent of the City’s small, utility-type vehicles with electric-powered alternatives. 
  • Helped convert 40 percent of the City’s mowing equipment to operate on propane.
  • Spearheading the installation of telematics to help aid fuel management.

Lea Covington Rowen, Fleet Manager, AstraZeneca

  • Consistently at 25 mpg average fuel economy through improved vehicle selectors across the fleet’s 5,600 units.
  • Only acquire vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy with total cost of ownership in mind.
  • Piloting VW Passat diesels in fleet.

Tony Eiermann, Fleet Manager, Asset and Value Management, Coca-Cola Refreshments

  • Manages one of the largest hybrid-electric fleets in the U.S. with 738 vehicles. 
  • Added 16 fully electric refrigerated trucks to Odwalla brand’s delivery fleet in California. 
  • Helped Coca-Cola achieve a 15-percent reduction in carbon dioxide with alternative fuels.

Jim Florio, Chairman/CEO, Click Wholesale Distributing

  • Operates a fleet with almost 50 percent of vehicles operating on CNG.
  • Displaced 7,300 gallons of diesel in 2013.
  • Projects a minimum displacement of 25,000 gallons of diesel by the end of 2014, saving the company $50,000.

Chris Galati, CNG Program Manager, NW Natural

  • Testing new technologies for CNG, including adsorbed natural gas tanks for improved onboard fuel storage as well as test refined CNG fill nozzles.
  • Works with customers interested in natural gas. NW Natural has started to open and maintain CNG fill stations for customers.

Mel Galbraith, Fleet Director, City of Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Increased solid waste CNG vehicles from 20 percent to 46 percent.
  • Converted 15,000-gallon underground unleaded tank to E-85. 
  • Expanded CNG slow-fill lines from three towers to nine towers.

Jim Gillespie, President and General Manager, Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc.

  • Introduced the first fleet of hybrid taxis in America in 2004, according to Yellow Cab.
  • Seven percent of fleet currently CNG.
  • Cut fleet’s tailpipe emissions from 568 to 246 grams per mile.
  • Reduced total fleet emissions by 49 percent.

Greg Hansen, Fleet Administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation

  • Pioneered public fleet vehicle leasing by being the 1st state agency to lease five Nissan LEAFs and has plans to grow EV leased fleet
  • Installed level-2 EV chargers at all of its motor pool locations (6) and plans to expand infrastructure as EV fleet grows.
  • From 2008-2013, through aggressive rightsizing, increasing utilization, implementing anti-idling policies and better routing, WSDOT had cut fuel consumption by 10% at approximately 400,000 fuel gallons
  • In same period, reduced employee travel by 2.2 million miles

Kenneth Hoglund, Director, Fleet Management Dept., City of Houston

  • Reduced nearly 1,000 underutilized vehicles, resulting in $1 million in sales. 
  • Procured 27 electric Nissan LEAFs.
  • Partnered with Zipcar to launch FleetShare, a program for city employees needing a vehicle.


Mitch Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx

  • Jackson
    Operated 214 EVs and 363 hybrid-electric vehicles by end of FY-2013.
  • First in transportation logistics to call for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for commercial vehicles.
  • Team improved Express fleet mpg by 5 percent in FY-2013, saving 20 million gallons of fuel.

Jeff Jeter, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Chesterfield County, Va.

  • Division rightsized 39 percent of vehicles to date in FY-2014.
  • Identified three waste streams to mitigate negative impact and reduce carbon footprint. 
  • Met with Congress for positive regulations for alternative-fuel initiatives and incentives.

Johnson & Johnson

Louise Davis-Lopez, CAFM/CFM
Julie Pedelini
Brian Snow

  • Became the leader in hybrid vehicle usage with 2,000 vehicles
  • Reduced global fleet CO2 emissions by 15 percent over three years.
  • Piloted “Green Driver” training in Belgium, resulting in 6-percent fuel consumption reduction.

Spiro Kattan, Fleet Supervisor, NYC Department of Sanitation


  • Use of biodiesel has displaced more than 3 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel since 2007.
  • Operates more than 800 light-duty hybrid-electric vehicles which make up approximately 80 percent of the light-duty fleet.
  • Owns 49 Level 2 EV chargers citywide.

Steve Kibler, Fleet Manager, City of Loveland, Colo.

  • Operates five Nissan LEAFs, with EV growth expected to continue.
  • Cites a 41-percent reduction in per-mile costs on the EVs compared to their gas line vehicles used for similar operations.
  • Promotes employee EV use, and paid $4,000 less in reimbursements in first year.

Randy Koss, Supervisor, Fleet Maintenance and Fleet Services, NV Energy

  • Operating 50 hybrid bucket trucks to reduce idling and decrease fuel consumption.
  • Provides education on hybrid bucket trucks to improve operator buy-in.
  • Has installed 133 individual charging ports at more than 47 locations statewide to promote EV use.

Keith Leech, Fleet Manager, City of Sacramento

  • Added LNG solid waste vehicles increasing the City’s LNG fuel consumption by 87 percent.
  • Consumed 703,419 fewer gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel in 2013 over 2009.
  • Serves as the chairman of the Greater Sacramento Regional Clean Air Coalition.

James Lefton, Executive Officer, Transit Services, LA Department of Transportation

  • Has one of the largest NGV fleets in the country. 
  • Displaced more than 14.1 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5,364 tons. 
  • Uses renewable natural gas to fuel 100 percent of CNG fleet.

Rick Longobart, Facilities, Fleet and Stores Manager, City of Santa Ana, Calif. 

  • Developed a Green Strategic Plan to increase sustainability, aiming for a goal of 75-80% alternative fuel-driven. 
  • Has a fleet working at 95% productivity. 
  • Named as one of the first ten inductees into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. 
  • Fleet Stats: 651 units, 20% green

Elsie Lucia, Executive Director, Fleet and Purchasing Service, Estee Lauder

  • Improved fuel economy by 16 percent, saving more than 210,000 gallons of fuel.
  • Avoided emitting more than 1,850 metric tons of CO2.
  • Rightsized fleet by selecting four-cylinder engines, while educating drivers on better driving habits via online newsletters and safety modules.

Claude Masters, CAFM, Manager of Vehicle Acquisition and Fuel Florida Power and Light

  • Was recognized by the EPA for its “Clean Fleet and Consumer Education Program.”
  • Operates 1,750 biodiesel vehicles, and 550 hybrid or plug-in electric vehicles.
  • Reduced petroleum use by 295,000 gallons and CO2 emissions by 2,500 metric tons in 2012.

Dave Meisel, Senior Director of Transportation and Aviation Services, PG&E


  • Working to develop two types of Class 5 plug-in hybrid work trucks.
  • Operates nearly 3,500 alt-fuel vehicles in a fleet with nearly 14,000 pieces of equipment.
  • Engaged in industry-wide efforts with Edison Electric Institute to promote plug-in electric vehicle use in utility fleets.


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