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Chicago Area Clean Cities Recognizes Natural Gas Fleets as Top Green Fleets for 2016


The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition has announced its Top 5 Green Fleets for 2016, companies that are leading in the adoption of alternative fuels and clean-vehicle technologies for their fleets. This year’s winners operating clean-burning natural gas vehicles in their fleet include: Gold Standard Transportation and DuPage County.

The Green Fleet Award winners were named at the coalition’s end of the year meeting held Wednesday, December 7. The awards are given annually to commercial or government fleets that take actions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality, such as by using clean-burning alternative-fuel vehicles, electric vehicles or other advanced technologies.

“The fleets we’re recognizing range from using CNG to propane to electric vehicles, all with the goals of saving fuel, reducing emissions and saving money,” said John Walton, vice chairman of Chicago Area Clean Cities.

The DuPage County Division of Transportation is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of more than 950 lane-miles of arterial highways. The county’s fleet department maintains more than 440 county-owned vehicles of which 220 actively use alternate fuels, including 27 CNG-powered vehicles. Over the past five years, DuPage County has purchased an average of 18,500 GGEs.

“We’re proud to be a government leader in taking voluntary, progressive actions to reduce diesel emissions and implement efficient vehicle technologies,” said Don Puchalski, chairman of the DuPage County Board’s Transportation Committee.

Gold Standard Transportation, an asset-based, family-owned company, located in Crestwood, Illinois, is a transportation and logistics company that operates primarily within the Midwest. The company has a fleet of 10 CNG tractors that save more than 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.