Contact: Brian Wilson
(Arlington, Texas) – Public-sector fleets are taking steps toward cleaner, more efficient operations, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition is highlighting the efforts of many of the top performers.
DFW Clean Cities recently recognized 19 partners for their work to embrace alternatives to traditional gasoline as part of the third annual Fleet Recognition Awards. Three levels of awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – were possible. The cities of Carrolton, Denton, Euless, Grapevine, Lancaster, Richardson and Southlake, as well as the Town of Addison, earned Silver awards.
Eleven entities, the cities of Allen, Coppell, Fort Worth, Lewisville, North Richland Hills, Plano, Rockwall and Wylie, along with Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton ISD, and the Town of Flower Mound, were awarded Bronze status.
Participating governing bodies were required to provide information on their progress via the DFW Clean Cities Annual Report. Entities were scored on a 100-point scale based on their work to embrace clean vehicle technologies, partner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and DFW Clean Cities, and educate their drivers.
A maximum of 30 points were awarded for emissions reduction, 30 for fuel consumption, 20 for partnering with NCTCOG and DFWCC, and 20 for educating drivers and operators. Fleets earning Silver status scored 70-84 points, while Bronze winners received 55-69 points. There were no Gold awardees in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The winners contributed to the region-wide reduction of more than 25 million gallons of gasoline in 2016, which represented the largest savings on record. Alternative fuel vehicles accounted for the vast majority of gallons (97 percent) and greenhouse gas emissions (75 percent) reduced, according to the report. Other contributors were: electric and plug-in vehicles, improvements to fuel economy, hybrids, idle reduction, off-road vehicles and a reduction in vehicle miles traveled.
Recognized winners can now advertise their accomplishments with window stickers for their fleets’ vehicles, while their websites display electronic versions advertising Silver or Bronze status.
For information on how your fleet may qualify for recognition, 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.