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
- 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
- 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.
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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