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NAFA Announces the Winners of the 2008 Green Fleet Awards

NAFA Fleet Management Association announces the winners of the first-ever Green Fleet Awards. The awards were handed out at NAFA's Institute & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 5, 2008.

Princeton, NJ, May 14, 2008 --( NAFA Fleet Management Association handed out the initial Green Fleet Awards before a huge, sprawling crowd of onlookers at the Institute & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 5, 2008. These award winners were recognized for their outstanding achievements to reduce energy consumption, vehicle emissions and increase overall fleet efficiency. The Green Fleet Awards is the first-ever for NAFA and honors individuals who have implemented pioneering, innovative and creative programs to help with their company’s overall “going green” initiative.

Winner of: NAFA’s Green Fleet Award for Truck & Equipment Fleet
George Survant, Director Fleet Services for Florida Power & Light in Riviera Beach, Florida.

Survant adopted several green fleet initiatives including the use of B20 biodiesel into the fleet, becoming the first utility to test and evaluate the Azure gasoline parallel hybrid electric E-450 van, purchasing one of the first plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) bucket trucks from Dueco, Inc. and initiating the development of a Hybrid Utility Truck Working Group within WestStart/CALSTART. The company operates a fleet of 3,600 vehicles and pieces of equipment which includes 113 hybrid vehicles.

Winners of: NAFA’s Green Fleet Award for Car & Light Truck Fleet
Steve Weir, Director of the Office of Fleet for the City of New York.

New York City Department of Parks has created a multi-tiered program including implementing 437 hybrid or all-electric vehicles, 83 leased hybrids, 75 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, 825 vehicles that run on biodiesel (B20), 1,315 alternate fuel units (77 more on order), 16 gas-run vehicles that are super ultra low emitting (SULEV) and two solar units. Parks was one of the first NYC agencies to introduce cleaner vehicles with retrofit CNG units, is currently working to be the first to convert entire components of their fleet, institutionalized cleaner fuels with only biodiesel being dispensed at 11 diesel fueling sites, added 2 new in-house CNG sites including a new tank at Central Park and restored units at several other parks and is also working to promote and educate the public about alternate fuels.

Honorable mentions for NAFA’s Green Fleet Award for Truck & Equipment Fleet
Gerry Calk, CAFM, Fleet Administrator for City of Kansas City, Missouri.

He is credited with leading the city of Kansas City in the development and implementation of their alternative fuel program and implementing an Anti-Idling and Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy.

Honorable mention for NAFA’s Green Fleet Award for Truck/Equipment Fleet
Dave Meisel, Director of Transportation Services for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, California.

Meisel is credited with helping to increase PG&E’s clean fuel fleet, developed and secured funding for a multi-year greening strategy. The company has also begun to pursue hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fuel cell vehicles and reduce emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.

Honorable mentions for NAFA’s Green Fleet Award Car & Light Truck Fleet
Diane Lopez, Manager of Corporate Fleet & Limo for Abbott in Abbott Park, Illinois.

Abbott, a global health care leader, implemented a comprehensive program designed to cost-effectively reduce emissions from their fleet. Abbott encouraged their drivers to choose more environmentally friendly vehicles, offered vehicle upgrade incentives on their “greener” vehicles and compares GHG emissions footprint of the US sales fleet twice a year to ensure the environmental footprint continues to reduce over time.

Honorable mention for NAFA’s Green Fleet Award for Car/Light Truck Fleet
Suzanne Gallagher, Commodity Manager for Johnson and Johnson.

Her program helped reduced fuel consumption and diminish greenhouse gas emissions. She is credited with putting 1,200 hybrids into their fleet of 11,000 vehicles along with another 300 hybrids on order. J&J has also moved its fleet program into four and five cylinder vehicles over the last few years and worked cooperatively with its Worldwide Health and Safety team to develop the program. Future plans include having 5,000 hybrid vehicles in their fleet within the next two years.

NAFA Fleet Management Association, formerly known as the National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA), is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of Members who manage fleets of automobiles, vans, medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, and a range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada. NAFA Members are responsible for the yearly specification, acquisition, maintenance and disposal of more than 3.5 million vehicles. NAFA affiliates include automotive OEMs, fleet management service companies, suppliers, and others involved in automotive industry.

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