Project Green Fleet
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.
Apply Now: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
Project Green Fleet is currently seeking fleet partners to apply for an upcoming Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant offered through the Environmental Protection Agency. The application process will begin in Fall of 2022 and grants may cover up to 25-60% of the total project costs.
Project Green Fleet has installed pollution control equipment on 3,200 buses and retrofitted or replaced more than 1,500 heavy-duty diesel engines in trucks, transit buses, trains, boats, and other construction equipment. Together, this has reduced particulate matter emissions equivalent to removing more than 750,000 cars from the road annually.
Heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines upgraded.
School buses retrofitted with pollution control equipment.
Cars removed from the road annually.
What vehicle types are eligible?
Project Green Fleet is 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.
- 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.
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