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Calling All Fleets:

It’s Never Too Late To Make A Difference

Evergreen Fleets invites all public and private organizations and vehicle fleets in the Puget Sound Area to join the Evergreen Green Fleet Certification program. With the help of Evergreen Fleets, organizations both big and small can begin realizing lower costs, reduced emissions and improved operating efficiency today.
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Green Fleets Planning
A well thought-out Green Fleets Plan is one of the most important steps to effectively greening your fleet. When developing a Green Fleets Plan, Evergreen Fleets recommends fleet managers draft a brief policy statement or objective. This document should identify why a green fleet is important, identify the goals your organization hopes to accomplish, and lays out the budget and metrics required to meet the desired goals. Vehicle Purchasing
Green Vehicle Purchasing Policy
When it comes time to replace or purchase additional vehicles, Evergreen Fleets encourages fleet managers to consider the greenest options possible to help reduce air pollution, while also helping to increase public exposure and demand for green vehicles. Hybrid, E-85 Flex Fuel, biodiesel and natural gas vehicles are readily available in a variety of diverse applications to meet the needs of many fleets.
Green Fuels and Efficiency Measures
Green Fuels Procurement
Evergreen Fleets recommends that fleets implement a policy encouraging the active use of alternative fuels and/or electricity to the maximum extent possible. Replacing petroleum-based fuels with renewable fuels can, in many cases, reduce both greenhouse gases and toxic diesel emissions. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition consider alternative green fuels to be biodiesel blends (B20 or higher), ethanol blends (E85 or higher), natural gas and electricity.
Maintenance
Preventive Maintenance Program
A proactive preventive maintenance program can help track the usage of fleet vehicles, record data and compare it to the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals. The underlying intent is to always perform maintenance on-schedule for optimal service life and performance. This strategy applies equally to fleets that perform their own maintenance, and those who outsource maintenance to a third party. Preventive maintenance programs are crucial to increasing vehicle life and efficiency, reducing downtime, cutting costs, and improving overall fleet safety.
Diesel Retrofits
Diesel Vehicle Emission Reductions/New Engines and Retrofits
Diesel engines are significant generators of fine particles and toxic emissions. Evergreen Fleets encourages fleets utilizing on-road diesel vehicles to modernize their fleet to current green standards by retrofitting or installing new engines (year 2007 or newer) on 50 percent or more of their diesel vehicles. Modern diesel engines have come a long way in reducing soot and particulate emissions. Reducing diesel particulate emissions can result in improved air quality, along with improved health for fleet employees (drivers and mechanics) who are exposed to diesel exhaust on a daily basis.
Car Sharing/Vehicle Lease
Car Sharing/Vehicle Lease Agreements
Evergreen Fleets recommends that fleets ensure competitive bidding guidelines for vendors that give preference to car sharing or car rental companies providing “green” vehicles to fleets. The applicant’s policy should require that external partners implement at least one of the Evergreen Fleets Best Practices (or more if possible) into contracts with car sharing or rental car vendors.

 
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