Jonathan Overly is Executive Director of East Tennessee Clean Fuels (ETCF) Coalition, which he founded in 2002 with the support of area businesses, organizations, nonprofits and research groups. ETCF achieved official designation as a Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004.
The NCDOT Rail Division implemented a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after-treatment system onto one (1) of its locomotives as a means of reducing engine emissions to at or near the EPA Tier 4 standard.
In 2005, Walmart committed to doubling its fleet fuel efficiency and they successfully completed the project in 2015. They did this through idle reduction policies, fleet upgrades including using EPA Smartway technology and driver training.
Delta converted 37 diesel ground service vehicles in the southeast region to electric zero emissions. These included: 24 belt loaders, 11 container loaders, two maintenance lift trucks. Over the next eight years, this will reduce almost 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel and related emissions. This project will continue into the future as ground support diesel… Read More
In 2014, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) purchased 89 compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered heavy-duty buses. This is in addition to the 266 CNG heavy-duty buses that MARTA has purchased since 1996. This means that 355 out of the 531 buses employed on MARTA bus routes are powered by compressed natural gas. Operating on… Read More
In 2013, Volvo Truck announced that it would be the first North American heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer to offer trucks fueled with dimethyl ether (DME) and final assembled Four DME Volvo trucks. Volvo hopes to produce additional DME fleet vehicles for testing and is partnering with Oberon Fuels to evaluate the vehicles in fleet operations. Starting in 2014,… Read More
DeKalb County Sanitation Department is being recognized as the Community Fleet Leader for 2013 due to their commitment to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. In 2012, they began with 40 CNG vehicles and added another 24 vehicles in 2013. Their commitment is highlighted by the fact that already in 2014, they have added an additional… Read More
Holmes Company is a premier flatbed and specialized carrier in the transportation industry, operating a fleet of 100 late model tractor power units and over 200 trailers transporting steel and building materials, including over-dimensional freight throughout the 48 continental states. With their largest customer located in the Gulf Coast Region and South Alabama, Holmes Company’s… Read More
June Blotnick has served as the Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina since 2005 and she has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit and community-based organizations in North Carolina. At Clean Air Carolina, she manages a wide variety of educational and advocacy initiatives targeted at ensuring healthy air in North Carolina. June has… Read More
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been leading the way with innovative strategies to minimize environmental impact as they look to expand the ports in anticipation of larger ships coming through the future widened Panama Canal. These strategies include installing 24 electric rubber tire gantry cranes with plans to have all 169 cranes electrified by… Read More
Mecklenburg County GRADE was first launched in 2007 to provide funding to organizations in their region to replace or repower heavy duty non-road construction equipment. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners funded 13 engine retrofits in 2007 with an initial investment of $500,000 and the program leveraged additional funds over the next five years to… Read More
Saddle Creek purchased 40 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in 2011 and an additional 62 CNG trucks by the end of 2013. The first 40 CNG trucks were equipped with 4 CNG tanks while the next 62 trucks were equipped with 5 CNG tanks in order to extend their range. This represents an investment of… Read More
In addition to retrofitting 312 on-road and off-road vehicles and equipment with diesel oxidation catalysts, either stand alone or in concert with a closed crankcase ventilation system, the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented a fleet replacement program. This program auctions off older model diesel vehicles to fund the acquisition of vehicles and equipment… Read More
Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to purchase 134 hybrid school buses with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding from the Department of Energy. These buses represent the largest hybrid school bus fleet in the nation. With additional buses on order, 215 hybrid school buses are expected to be on… Read More
Staples outfitted their fleet with 53 electric delivery trucks. Six of these are in service in Atlanta. Staples also implemented efficiency initiatives including hybrid vehicles, advanced idle reduction technology, engine horsepower reduction, transmission changes, and route planning to improve fuel economy by 18% since 2006. They achieved a fuel savings of 724,000 gallons in 2010… Read More
Ingram Barge Company retrofitted six towboats with diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) units. This led to reductions in particulate emissions of about 40% and reductions in carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions by over 60%. As a SmartWay transport partner, the Ingram Barge Company will continue to seek out innovative technology and partner organizations to work with… Read More
Miami-Dade County (M-DC) has been pro-active in working to reduce diesel emissions. In 2006, the county joined the Chicago Climate Exchange Program in order to track direct fuel emissions from government operations to identify the operations that use the most resources. Miami-Dade County has implemented a number of projects since identifying these operations. The county… Read More
The North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University implemented a broad range of technology projects in order to reduce diesel emissions. The center purchased: 11 refueling stations (biodiesel, ethanol, and natural gas), 5 heavy-duty hybrid electric trucks, 72 diesel retrofits, and 24 truck stop electrification parking spaces. In addition, the Solar Center has contracted… Read More
UPS has approximately 100,000 vehicles and operates the world’s ninth largest airline – employing 425,000 individuals in 200 counties. With this sizable fleet and international presence, their leadership in emission reductions is significant. UPS continually seeks ways to increase energy efficiency by optimizing package deliveries through facility, aircraft, vehicle and operation upgrades. They are currently… Read More
In 2001, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) began working with their suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of its fleet. This led to the creation of a 33,000 pound hybrid diesel-electric delivery truck, the largest hybrid electric truck in wide-scale use. In converting braking energy into supplemental electric power, each truck became 30% more fuel-efficient. CCE also… Read More
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport with over 900 flights each day. When building their 5th runway, Hartsfield used a state of the art 4.5 mile long conveyer technology which prevented the need of nearly 5 million dump trucks and almost 30 months of extra work. This also eliminated nearly 2,600 tons… Read More