District Recognized for Outstanding Fleet Seventh Year in a Row
Honored in Two Prestigious Categories
(June 18, 2018) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County was recognized for the seventh year in a row as one of the “100 Best Fleets in the Americas” and for the fifth year in a row as one of Government Fleet magazine’s top 50 fleets in the nation.
The District remained the only conservation agency to make Government Fleet’s top 50 list, which recognizes operations that perform at high levels, particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning, and problem solving.
The program recognizes “peak performing fleet operations in North America,” according to 100bestfleets.com. Technology, performance, collaboration, service turnaround time and accountability are all criteria for the award.
Both programs honors top public-sector fleets among more than 30,000 at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. A detailed ranking of the winners was revealed at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference June 4 – 7 in San Diego, California.
“This award really highlights our District Fleet staff. We are so proud to be consistently ranked among the best in the nation,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “It is a great honor and a testament to their hard work and progressive thinking.”
District Fleet manager Michael Webster said the fleet is distinct in its variety of vehicles and focus on alternative fuels. The District has 125 road vehicles and 172 pieces of equipment that use alternative fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel and hybrid electric. It also helps area municipalities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by allowing them to use the District’s alternative fuel station — the only one in Illinois with four different alternative fuels.
In-house crews maintain standard passenger vehicles as well as specialized equipment such as mowers and tractors. Nearly all vehicles are hybrid technology or run on alternative fuels. The use of these alternatives has lowered fuel expenditures, reduced tailpipe emissions and lengthened vehicle lifespans.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.