Mathiowetz Construction is one of the hundreds of Minnesota businesses that have reduced their emissions through Project Green Fleet. A program within Clean Air Minnesota, Project Green Fleet works with business owners and fleet operators to upgrade older, less efficient diesel engines with newer equipment that reduces air pollution. The program offers grants and additional resources to promote healthy communities and thriving businesses through continuous air emissions reductions.
Participating in Project Green Fleet reduces diesel exhaust, which contains more than 40 different chemicals including 15 known cancer-causing substances. By working with businesses to replace older diesel equipment, Project Green Fleet helps businesses protect their workers and neighbors while ensuring their equipment is running longer and more efficiently.
How Can My Fleet Participate?
HOW DOES PARTICIPATING IN PROJECT GREEN FLEET WORK?
Environmental Initiative has structured Project Green Fleet to be as easy as possible for fleet owners and operators. We coordinate the review of fleet information, installation of equipment, and manage grants for installation and equipment costs.
We recruit fleets to participate, coordinate installation of equipment, quantify diesel emissions reduced, and administer large-scale grant funding for the project. Federal, state, and, private funds allow Environmental Initiative to provide pollution control equipment to fleets at lower costs.
Contact Bjorn Olson for more information on currently available funds at 612-334-3388 ext. 8113.
WHAT KINDS OF ENGINES ARE ELIGIBLE?
Project Green Fleet is able to replace or retrofit pollution control equipment, idle reduction technologies, and older engines on a range of diesel fleets including, but not limited to:
- 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 in Minnesota. After the upgrade, fleets must also agree to operate the equipment in Minnesota for at least 5 years.
For more information about the specific eligible replacement technologies, click here.
HOW ELSE WILL MY FLEET BE AFFECTED?
Installation of pollution control equipment doesn’t affect a vehicle’s existing warranty, and the technologies used to replace or retrofit the engines have minimal effects on vehicle performance. Upgraded engines offer fuel efficiencies, extended equipment lifespan, and reduced maintenance costs compared to their older counterparts.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PROJECT GREEN FLEET?
Project Green Fleet is a project of Clean Air Minnesota that seeks to replace and retrofit diesel engines in heavy-duty equipment, such as construction vehicles and towboats. When the project launched in 2005, the primary goal was to “clean up” the engines in school buses across the state. By 2014, we had replaced or retrofitted the engines in every eligible school bus in Minnesota and turned our sights to other fleets. Since then, we have been working with fleet owners on projects involving a variety of heavy-duty equipment.
WHAT ARE PROJECT GREEN FLEET’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
Throughout the school bus engine retrofitting process, Project Green Fleet installed pollution control equipment on 3,200 buses, which allowed 300,000 children to breathe easier. Since then, we have also retrofitted or replaced more than 1,300 heavy-duty diesel engines in trucks, transit buses, trains, and other construction equipment. Altogether, Project Green Fleet has reduced particulate matter emissions equivalent to removing more than 750,000 cars from the road annually.
In addition, Project Green Fleet has received a number of awards for the work, including:
- 2015 “Local Public Health Hero,” City of Minneapolis Health Department;
- 2011 Finalist, Best Green Campaign, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Sustainability Award;
- 2009 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V for significant, measurable improvements in air quality through the development and implementation of clean diesel actions.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF DIESEL EXHAUST?
Diesel exhaust is produced when an engine burns diesel fuel. Exhaust contains fine particles, or soot, as well as smog-forming elements that pollute our air. Approximately 40 different chemicals are found in diesel exhaust, including 15 known carcinogens. Those chemicals can cause respiratory ailments such as lung inflammation, respiratory infections, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, aggravation of cardiovascular system, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
Children, who have growing lungs and a faster breathing rate than adults, are particularly susceptible to these health effects. In addition, the elderly and those with existing heart, lung or upper respiratory conditions are at a higher risk than others.
For more information on the health impacts of diesel emissions, click here.