Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Wins Green Fleet Leadership Award
District Recognized for Leading Efforts to Adopt Alternative Fuel and Clean-Vehicle Technologies
(Dec. 13, 2017) — The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition has given the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County with a Green Fleet Leadership Award for adopting alternative-fuel and green-fleet technologies.
The Forest Preserve District was recognized for having the greatest decrease in petroleum use in the E85 gasoline category. It reduced its use of petroleum-based fuels by the equivalent of 55,085 gallons of gasoline and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 194 tons in 2016 with its use of compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, ethanol and biodiesel.
The annual awards are given to commercial or government fleets that reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality by using cleaner-burning alternative-fuel vehicles, electric vehicles or other advanced technologies.
The Forest Preserve District was the only conservation agency to be recognized by the coalition, which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. “It is a great honor to be recognized and a testament to our staff’s hard work and progressive thinking,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
Forest Preserve District fleet manager Michael Webster said the agency’s fleet is distinct in its variety of vehicles and focus on alternative fuels. The District runs 125 vehicles and 172 pieces of equipment on alternative fuels and helps area municipalities reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions by allowing them to use the District’s fueling stations. The Forest Preserve District was the first of its kind in Illinois to have a fueling station with four different alternative fuels.
“The District strives to implement innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum-based fuel dependency in its fleet while serving as an example of alternative fuel use,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.
In spring 2017, the District was recognized for the sixth year in a row as one of the “100 Best Fleets in the Americas” and for the fourth year in a row as one of Government Fleet magazine’s top 50 “Leading Fleets” in the nation.
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 andInstagrampages.