Green Operations

Right-Sizing Helps Ariz. County Reduce Fleet Emissions

April 04, 2016

Pima County, Ariz., has reduced the number of miles traveled by the county fleet by 21% and reduced carbon intensity of its fleet operations by nearly 6%, according to its Sustainable Action Plan Report Card. The report card details progress made in improving the sustainability of Pima County operations during fiscal year 2014-15.

The county reduced its fleet carbon intensity — greenhouse gases emitted per square foot — by increasing the number of miles traveled by passenger vehicles and reducing those of trucks and SUVs, a result of county right-sizing efforts. It used a FY-2013-14 baseline.

In its goal to reduce the ratio of carbon emissions produced by county fleet vehicles (excluding Sheriff’s vehicles, off-road vehicles, and heavy equipment) per service population, the county has improved by 25%. This was achieved by reducing vehicle miles traveled by 21% and reducing fuel use per vehicle mile traveled by 4%. Fleet-wide fuel economy improved from 16.17 PMG to 16.88 MPG, a 4.4% improvement. The county replaced 45 conventional fuel vehicles with alternative-fuel vehicles in FY 2014-15.

Additionally, the county completed construction of the new Fleet Services building, which was submitted for LEED Gold Certification, a green building certification.

For the full report, click here.

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