Monroe County Ranks 2nd In Nation Among Top 100 Best Government ‘Green Fleets’
County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 2nd best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. There are over 38,000 public fleets in North America.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to protect local taxpayers by ‘going green’ to ‘save green’, Monroe County’s work with alternative fuel vehicles has helped to secure a more sustainable future for our entire community while reducing energy costs.” said Brooks. “Our fleet’s second in the nation ranking not only demonstrates Monroe County’s strong commitment to the ethical stewardship of our local environment, but also highlights our embrace of ‘green’ initiatives that will better serve our community for future generations.”
Government Fleet examined criteria from various categories to determine the winners of its annual Green Fleet awards. Qualifications included: fleet composition, fuel usage and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, executive and employee involvement and supporting programs.
Monroe County is viewed nationwide as a leader of alternative fuel use and is the process of constructing a new green fueling station at the Frank E. Vanlare Wastewater Treatment Facility. Our Fleet features a comprehensive program of alternative fuel use, which is backed by advanced fleet monitoring technology. The county has implemented ethanol-based E85 in all of its flex-fuel vehicles. Monroe County also utilizes biodiesel (B5 and B20) in its diesel vehicles.
Monroe County’s Fleet Center has received several awards from the American Public Works Association (APWA), including the 2004 and 2005 APWA Structural Award for public works facilities in New York State. The County’s Green Fuel Station won APWA’s 2008 Public Works Project of the Year (Genesee Valley Branch and New York State Award). Monroe County’s Fleet has also been honored by the Rochester Business Journal’s Environmental Leadership Award in the Alternative Energy use category.