Project Green Fleet

Region

Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin

Timeline

2006 - Present

Topics

Overview

Environmental Initiative partners work with fleet owners and operators to reduce air pollution by upgrading older diesel vehicles and equipment through Project Green Fleet. We are currently prioritizing work in:

  • Communities that have faced, or are facing environmental justice concerns or health disparities.
  • Areas that are not in compliance with federal air quality standards.
  • Goods movement areas including ports, rail yards, airports, or other distribution centers.

Our model is to connect fleet owners with grant opportunities to help off-set the costs of replacing or upgrading diesel vehicles or engines. We identify funding opportunities and recruit fleets to participate in grant applications. Environmental Initiative coordinates installation of equipment, quantifies emissions reduced, and administers large-scale grant funding for Project Green Fleet.

 

Our accomplishments

Project Green Fleet has retrofitted or replaced diesel engines in school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty trucks, trains, boats, and other construction equipment.

3,331

School buses retrofitted.

1,378

Heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines upgraded.

36

Annual tons of fine particulate matter reduced.

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What vehicle types are eligible?

Project Green Fleet is currently able to reduce emissions on a range of diesel fleets including:

  • Class 4-8 heavy-duty trucks.
  • Off-road construction equipment including loaders, sweepers, backhoes, etc.
  • Locomotives.
  • Marine engines and port facility fleets.

Engines must be in current use and operate at least 500 hours per year. After the upgrade, fleets must also agree to operate the equipment for at least 5 years.

Cleaning up marine diesel engines

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Clean Air Blogs

Minnesota program that fixes old cars for free announces expansion into the East Metro

Environmental Initiative is expanding Project Clean Air Repair (Project CAR) to the East Metro through a new partnership with Turbo Tim's. Low to no cost emission system repairs are now available in eight auto repair shops ahead of summer driving, air quality seasons.

Breaking down Minnesota’s cumulative impacts law

Learn more about Minnesota's cumulative impacts law, why it matters, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's rulemaking process, and what is still being decided.

Experts explain Minnesota’s smoky, hazy summer

Environmental Initiative recently sat down with experts at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to learn more about air quality forecasting, recent air quality trends, and what people can do to stay safe.  

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Project Contacts

We collaborate with fleet owners and operators to connect them with grant opportunities to upgrade older diesel vehicles and equipment.

Our Partners