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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2011
City to showcase Alternative Fuel Vehicle program at National League of Cities event
The City of Kansas City, Mo. has been selected by the National League of Cities (NLC) to showcase its Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) program at the NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition, Nov. 9 -12, in Phoenix, Ariz. As part of the City’s commitment to sustainable practices, the AFV program has placed alternative fueled vehicles into service for a variety of tasks including solid waste collection, snow removal and the transportation of people in cars and buses.
“The Alternative Fuel Vehicle program’s selection by the National League of Cities is just the latest confirmation that our City is viewed as a leader in the area of sustainable practices,” said Mayor Sly James. “Given that the program yields cost savings while contributing to air quality improvement, it’s apparent why other cities want to learn about it.”
The 2011 NLC City Showcase includes presentations from 36 cities across the nation and allows Showcase cities to engage with conference attendees to discuss innovative program implementation strategies, successes and lessons learned. For several years, Kansas City has been a recognized national leader among municipal fleets in converting its vehicles to alternative fuels – compressed natural gas, biodiesel and electricity.
“We are extremely proud of the recognition this offers our City and see this as a great opportunity to assist other cities striving to improve their operations,” said Fourth District Councilwoman Jan Marcason. “Just as other cities will learn from us, our staff in attendance will take advantage of the opportunity to seek out innovations and ideas that can be implemented here in Kansas City.”
For more information about the NLC or the 2011 NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition, visit www.nlc.org.
Media inquiries about the City of Kansas City, Mo. AFV program should be directed to Sam Swearngin, fleet administrator, General Services Department, 816-513-8356. Inquiries about the City’s commitment to sustainability should be directed to Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, Office of Environmental Quality 816-513-3459.