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.
Project Green Fleet has retrofitted or replaced diesel engines in school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty trucks, trains, boats, and other construction equipment.
School buses retrofitted.
Heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines upgraded.
Annual tons of fine particulate matter reduced.
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.
- 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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