PROJECT GREEN FLEET’S VIDEO DEBUT

  • December 3, 2015
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  • Bill Droessler

Project Green Fleet is a great story. A pilot scale effort to clean up a handful of school buses grows into a statewide campaign – with more than 4,600 cleaner diesel vehicles as a result. None of it would have happened without the hundreds of fleet owners, equipment manufacturers, installers, project funders – and of course a little creative risk-taking. But, don’t take my word for it…

Thanks to the generosity of Flint Hills Resources and the creativity of our friends at Goff Public, we’re thrilled to share this short video, which wonderfully captures the Project Green Fleet story – from where we’ve been to the new roads (and rivers) ahead.

I’m also excited to announce we’ll be working with Mathiowetz Construction over the next several weeks to replace a bulldozer. The replacement equipment is certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s highest emission standard – reducing fine particulate matter by 86% – or the equivalent of removing almost 500 cars from the road.

In addition to Environmental Initiative’s efforts, our partners at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are now offering about $270,000 in federal grant funds to help diesel fleet owners retrofit or replace their old engines. Grant funds will pay for 25% – 50% of the total cost to retrofit or replace diesel equipment. The deadline to apply is January 7, 2016. Learn more & apply »

Project Green Fleet is just one of several voluntary emission reduction projects that have been designed and conceived by members of the Clean Air Minnesota partnership. This diverse coalition of public and private sector air quality leaders has committed to a 10% reduction in man-made sources of fine particulate matter and ground level ozone precursor emissions. This is a BIG goal that will require significant financial investment from both the public and private sectors. If you’re interested in supporting Project Green Fleet financially – through a corporate sponsorship or a grant, please contact me to learn more.

Stay tuned for more good air quality news to come – our work to reduce diesel emissions is far from over.