Sept. 18, 2018
(Arlington, Texas) — The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition on Thursday announced the winners of its fourth annual Fleet Recognition Awards. Eighteen public-sector fleets were selected for their contributions to greener operations. Three levels of awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – were possible, based on entities’ scores on the fleet survey.
Six entities earned Silver awards, including first-time winners the City of Dallas and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Other Silver level recipients included Euless, North Richland Hills, Richardson and Southlake. The cities of Carrollton, Coppell, Denton, Irving, Lewisville and Plano, as well as the towns of Addison and Flower Mound, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton ISD, Tarrant County and Trinity Metro received Bronze status.
Six of this year’s winners – Coppell, Euless, Flower Mound, Richardson, Southlake, and DART – have been recognized since the inaugural fleet awards. The public-sector fleets, recognized during the Regional Transportation Council meeting last week, were required to provide details on their move toward cleaner operations through the DFW Clean Cities Annual Report. Strategies can include using alternative fuel vehicles (e.g. natural gas, propane or electric vehicles), using biofuels, reducing idling, or using telematics to improve efficiency of operations. This year’s winners contributed to reducing:
- 23,266,539 gallons of petroleum, 97 percent of which was reduced by using alternative fuels
- 782,428 pounds of NOx
- 32,875 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
This year’s survey took a more simplified approach, but still scored entities on a 100-point scale based on fleets’ efforts to embrace environmentally friendly technologies, form partnerships with NCTCOG and DFW Clean Cities and educate their drivers.
The point scale was divided into sections giving fleets the ability to earn up to 45 points for emissions reduction, 25 points for fuel consumption, 20 points for partnerships and 10 points for outreach and awareness efforts. Gold Level status required 85-100 points, Silver Level status required 55-84, and Bronze Level required 40-54.
All eligible participants for 2018 will receive a “fleet score card” based on their previous results to show where there are opportunities for growth. Fleets must adopt the Clean Fleet Policy in order to be recognized.
For more information regarding the qualification process, the Clean Fleet Policy and other important details, visit www.dfwcleancities.org
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 238 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans
About the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition:
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.
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