News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2013
City’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program recognized by Government Fleet Magazine
City’s Central Fleet awarded grants to support alternative fuel vehicles
Government Fleet Magazine recently recognized the City of Kansas City, Mo., Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program with a Sustainability All-Star Award and a Green Fleet Award. The magazine also ranked the program 15th among alternative fuel fleets nationwide.
Government Fleet Magazine reviewed numerous criteria to establish rankings, including number and types of vehicles, fuel usage, right typing and sizing efforts, and executive involvement.
The City uses 347 alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet, including 35 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses at the airport, which by themselves save more than 330,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually.
More than 500,000 gallons of CNG fuel are used annually throughout the City’s fleet (excluding Police).
The City purchased its first CNG vehicles in 1997 and launched its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program in 1999.
“At that time, most other cities with alternate fuel programs had been mandated to initiate programs due to air quality issues in their cities or states,” said Sam Swearngin, central fleet administrator. “Kansas City was ahead of the curve when it came to being green and working to clean up the air in our city.”
The City continues to lead the way in its environmental efforts through its KC Green Program. KC Green is led by four staff-level Green Teams (Education & Outreach, Regulation & Policy, Resource Management, and Green Infrastructure) that develop recommendations to incorporate additional green and sustainable elements into municipal operations.
In addition to Government Fleet Magazine’s recognition, the City’s Central Fleet Division successfully applied for and received a Mid-America Regional Council “Missouri Clean Diesel” grant for installing idle reduction heaters in 10 of the fleet’s Heavy Duty Class “8” trucks in 2012.
The City also received $16,250 for the reimbursement for the total cost of the idle reduction heaters. The City’s Water Services Department is now installing these idle reduction heaters on all future heavy duty truck purchases based on the success of this idle reduction program.
The Central Fleet Division also applied for and received a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grant for two Heavy Duty CNG trucks for $68,200 in 2012.
For media inquiries or more information about the City’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program, please contact Colleen Doctorian, City Communications Office, at 816-513-1377.