Arlington, Texas – Across the nation, vehicles powered by cleaner, more efficient fuels such as propane, natural gas, electricity, advanced ethanol, and biodiesel are beginning to take hold in the marketplace. Many industry and government leaders are taking steps to transition their fleets to new, advanced technologies because they are more efficient, require less maintenance, save fuel costs and improve air quality.
While there is growing interest in cleaner transportation, it is not always easy to find what works best for particular public- and private-sector fleets. It can also be difficult to finance the upfront costs of new vehicle purchases.
Professionals seeking to improve fleet efficiency can have their questions answered during a half-day workshop on April 26. Held during EarthX at Fair Park, the workshop will focus on the following sectors:
- Emergency response vehicles
- School buses
- Delivery vehicles
Fleet managers, purchasing officials, sustainability staff, and other interested professionals are encouraged to attend to learn from experts and network with their peers as they face similar challenges.
National experts will share lessons learned from their experiences transitioning their fleets to cleaner, more efficient fuels and vehicles. Highlights include:
- The Polk County, Florida Sheriff’s Department will share their experience utilizing propane-powered patrol vehicles.
- The Rio Rico, Arizona Medical and Fire District will discuss how they make their own biodiesel to save money and protect the local air and water quality.
- Experts will discuss how they are using electric school buses in Massachusetts and propane-powered school buses in Texas to reduce exposure kids’ exposure to harmful emissions from old diesel buses.
- Leaders from PepsiCo and Dream Team Deliveries will showcase their use of natural gas, propane, and electric vehicles for urban delivery functions in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
- Officials from the Texas Environmental Quality Commission will discuss how they plan to spend more than $200 million in funds from the VW settlement on cleaner vehicles in Texas.
- Leaders from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will showcase federal tools, incentives and funding that will help fleet managers make decisions on how best to transition their fleets to cleaner technologies.
Sponsored by the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities Coalition, Transportation Energy Partners and NAFA Fleet Management Association, the half-day workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.
Operating cleaner-burning fleets is especially important in Dallas-Fort Worth, where 10 counties are in nonattainment of federal ozone requirements.
Join us and be part of the effort to make North Texas a national leader in sustainable transportation. For more information and to register, visit www.dfwcleancities.org/earthxworkshop
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development.
NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 229 member governments including 16 counties, 167 cities, 19 school districts and 27 special districts. For more information on the Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans
About Clean Cities:
In 1995, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities under the Energy Policy Act’s provision for an organization that promotes the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is a locally- based, public/private partnership that seeks to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality, primarily in the transportation sector.
About Transportation Energy Partners
Transportation Energy Partners is a national, non-profit policy and education organization that brings Clean Cities
coalition leaders together with the clean transportation industry to advance policies that will reduce American dependence on petroleum-based fuels. Since 1993, the nearly 90 Clean Cities
coalitions and their 15,000 stakeholders have played a leading role in implementing local programs and projects to deploy alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure that has reduced petroleum consumption by more than 9.5 billion gallons.
EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2018, the event drew over 138,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, 700 exhibitors and 400 speakers.Earthx2019 will be held April 26 – 28, 2019 in Dallas. Visit www.EarthX.org.
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