News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 21, 2011
City’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program to present at National League of Cities’ annual conference
The City of Kansas City, Mo., has been selected by the National League of Cities to showcase its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program at the league’s annual conference, “Congress of Cities and Exposition,” to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 9-12.
The City’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program is recognized nationally as an example of a successful initiative in the category of “Green Cities/Sustainability”. According to the National League of Cities, this category recognizes the best green cities and sustainability programs that highlight strengthened local economies, enhance physical infrastructure, protect natural resources and promote public health.
The City’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program has incorporated 287 vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG) into the City fleet. This has resulted in an annual replacement of more than 500,000 gallons of conventional gasoline and diesel, with a cost savings of about $1 million.
“The selection of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program for this showcase not only provides recognition for our city, but will allow other cities to learn from our success,” said Councilwoman Cindy Circo. “In a similar manner, our City will be on the lookout for great ideas that can be brought back from the event and applied in Kansas City.”
The City’s Water Services, Aviation and Health departments are the main users of City CNG vehicles, although other departments use them in various capacities. City vehicles using CNG include pickups, vans, sedans, mini-vans, utility trucks, forklifts, riding lawn mowers, and heavy duty trucks, which include snow plows, dump trucks, solid waste recycling trucks, and water utility trucks.
For more information or media inquiries about this issue, contact Sam Swearngin, fleet administrator, at 816-513-8356.