Fort Collins is committed to a cleaner, greener fleet of city vehicles
 

   Last week the city of Fort Collins' Fleet Services division was named a Top 10 Leading Fleet by Government Fleet and the American Public Works Association, which recognizes public-sector fleets for their leadership, efficiency and vision.

   This is just the latest award for the division: In the past year it was named the seventh-greenest fleet, and have been among the 100 Best Fleets for the past seven years.

   While city vehicles are visible around the community, Fleet Services is a mostly behind-the-scenes group that helps every other city department do its job. Our fleet includes 2,000 pieces of equipment — everything from Transfort buses and police cruisers to snowplows, construction equipment, mowers and field crew trucks. Fleet Services also includes four maintenance facilities and nine fuel sites.

   Running an efficient fleet is an important part of meeting the city’s sustainability goals. We have been using alternative fuel vehicles since the early 1980s; today, 40 percent of our fleet runs on alternative fuel. For example, our park crew carts and parking enforcement vehicles are electric, and all new snow plows and most Transfort buses run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

   Last year, staff initiated a pilot project to replace gasoline-powered leaf blowers, trimmers and two riding mowers with cleaner and quieter battery-electric versions.

   We recently completed an assessment of the performance, cost and environmental impact of the city’s CNG vehicles. The assessment found that switching to CNG buses has been a cost-effective investment that has helped to significantly reduce carbon emissions. We will continue to assess which fuel type is best for our other vehicles.

   Finally, safety is a top priority, both for our employees and for everyone else on the roads. City policy prohibits employees from speeding and other traffic infractions, as well as from using cellphones or similar devices while driving.

   If you have any concerns about any employee’s driving behavior, we want to know. We love to hear compliments about our city employees, too.

   You may have noticed the “How’s My Driving?” bumper stickers on all our vehicles. Please call that number (970-221-6613) or submit a comment online at www.fcgov.com/accessfortcollins and a supervisor will follow up with the employee. It’s helpful to include as much information as possible, such as location, time, the license plate or yellow vehicle ID number, or the department name, which is printed below the city logo on the sides of each vehicle.

   From their sustainable practices to their focus on safety, Fleet Services is living the city values of stewardship, excellence, and safety and well-being.

 

By Kelly DiMartino, Fort Collins senior assistant city manager.

Coloradoan.com

June 14, 2018