Arlington, Texas — The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition on Dec. 17 announced the winners of its Fleet Recognition Awards. For the first time in the awards’ five-year history, there were entities that brought home the Gold. The cities of Euless and Southlake and Dallas Area Rapid Transit earned the top award for their efforts to reduce emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of their fleets.
Twenty-one public-sector fleets were selected for their actions to lessen their total transportation energy use. Three levels of awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – were possible, based on entities’ scores on the DFW Clean Cities’ annual fleet survey. In addition to the three Gold winners, there were 11 Silver and seven Bronze recipients.
The Silver winners were Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Denton, Denton County, Flower Mound, Irving, Lewisville, Mesquite, and North Richland Hills. The following were recognized with Bronze status: Addison, Denton Independent School District, Plano, Richardson, Tarrant County, Trinity Metro and Watauga.
Six of this year’s winners – Coppell, Euless, Flower Mound, Richardson, Southlake and DART – were inaugural winners in 2014. Watauga and Mesquite were honored for the first time this year for fleet efficiency.
The public-sector fleets recognized 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, reducing idling or using technology to improve efficiency of operations.
This year’s winners contributed to reducing:
- 23,243,022 gallons of petroleum
- 753,602 pounds of ozone forming nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- 41,493 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
Each entity could 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.
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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