District Recognized for Outstanding Fleet Sixth Year in a Row
(May 2, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County 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 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.
Both programs honor top public-sector fleets among the more than 30,000 at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. A detailed ranking of the winners will be revealed at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference June 12 ‒ 15 in San Antonio, TX.
“To be consistently ranked among the best in the nation is a great honor and a testament to our staff’s hard work and progressive thinking,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
District Fleet Manager Michael Webster said the fleet is distinct in its variety of vehicles and its focus on alternative fuels. The District runs a fleet of 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. The District 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 alternative fuels.
“The District is constantly looking for 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-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 62 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.
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