GOLDEN – (August, 2017) – Melissa Howell, executive director of Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership has been voted this year’s Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award recipient. The award was presented at the 2017 National Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.
“Melissa is our longest serving coordinator,” said Dennis Smith, director of the program. “She has been a persistent force to be reckoned with.”
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To read that full description of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act download this PDF.
Lona Brewer, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), provided an update for KCFC to share on the VW settlement. The EEC is continuing to draft a plan for the funding that will be allocated in Kentucky from the settlement.
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School Transportation News hosted a free recorded webinar: VW Settlement & Beyond: Emissions Funding Opportunities for School Bus Deployments. This recorded webinar not only highlights key programs throughout the U.S. that fund new, cleaner school buses, but also how you can position your fleet to compete and potentially secure Volkswagen funding. Click Here to Listen to the Webinar.
The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition through its programs and projects across Kentucky displaced approximately 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 160,800 tons. These reductions are in large part due to the extensive work of member fleets in the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program. KCFC hosted the sixth annual Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12th in Frankfort, KY. The program had the largest participation in program history at 37 fleets. The combined sustainability efforts in 2016 of the participating fleets led to a reduction of gallons of gasoline used by over 11.1 million GGEs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by over 48,000 tons of GHGs.
Green Fleets of the Bluegrass aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. Green Fleets of the Bluegrass is a voluntary recognition program of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. The participating fleets in 2016 reduced petroleum use through operating alternative fuel vehicles, preforming preventative maintenance, and focus on anti-idling and efficient driving practices.
Fleets Recognized with Leadership Awards
Greenest Third Class Municipal Government Fleet – City of Somerset
Greenest Public School Fleet – Crittenden County Board of Education
Greenest First Class Municipal Government Fleet – Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Greenest Medium Freight Fleet (under 500 vehicles) – M&M Cartage
Greenest Corporate Fleet – Mercer Transportation
Greenest Transit Fleet – Transit Authority of River City
Greenest Freight Fleet (over 500 vehicles) – UPS
Greenest Refuse Fleet – Waste Management of Kentucky
Other Fleets Recognized
Bourbon County Schools
City of London
Jefferson County Public Schools
Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
Kentucky Division of Fleet Management
LaRue County Schools
Louisville Metro Government
Mammoth Cave National Park
Murray State University
Trimble County Schools
University of Louisville
Other Green Fleets Participants
Allen County Schools
Bath County Schools
DoubleTree by Hilton
Hardin County Schools
Louisville Gas & Electric/ Kentucky Utilities
Metropolitan Sewer District
Nicholas County Schools
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky
The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is honored to be able to celebrate and recognize the sustainability efforts of fleets across the state of the Kentucky.
News that Cummins, Inc. approved paraffinic fuels for its B6.7 and L9 school bus engines could be the push needed to open the renewable diesel market to the student transporters.
The conclusion resulted from an 18-month field trial of paraffinic fuels Cummins performed to compare efficiencies and differences with standard diesel. Cummins determined that the paraffinic renewable diesel met EN 15940 specifications and is now approved for B6.7 and L9 engine platforms as well as the company’s B4.5 that meets Euro 6 emissions standards.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed an interactive, web-based map that shows the status of propane autogas school bus adoption across the country, making it easy for school transportation directors to see how many districts in their state are currently operating propane autogas buses.
Ryder System Inc., a commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation and supply-chain solutions provider, has begun to offer renewable diesel fuel at its San Francisco fueling facility, located at 2700 3rd St.
With this implementation, Ryder says its customers will be better able to address their sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions while still utilizing diesel vehicles.