Local Action Plan to Reduce Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

Sustainability steps of Fleet Services

Existing Reduction Measures in Winston-Salem Government Operations

  • Recycling – Fleet recycles as much as possible, including paper and cardboard, scrap metal, oil, antifreeze, other lubricants, tires, and batteries.
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles –purchases hybrids, E85, CNG, and electric vehicles.
  • Remanufactured Parts – When feasible purchase remanufactured parts instead of new.
  • Policies – Fuel management and vehicle acquisition policy developed to guide city purchases to help reduce and conserve fuel.
  • Rightsizing Effort – City fleet being evaluated to assure each vehicle/equipment is right size for its function. Smaller vehicles usually mean fewer emissions.
  • Waste Disposal – Contracts with licensed companies to dispose of hazardous materials. 

Future Reduction Measures for Winston-Salem Government Operations

  • More Alternative Fuels – Plans are to use biodiesel (B20)
  • Fleet Utilization Policy – Vehicle utilization being evaluated to possibly reduce the size of fleet.
  • More Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Plans are to pursue more electrics and hybrids.
  • “Green Cleaning Methods” – Investigate more eco-friendly cleaning materials to replace items such as solvents for cleaning automotive parts.
  • Extending Maintenance Schedules – Fewer PM services would reduce the need for oil.

Read the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Local Action Plan to Reduce Emissions Report July 2008 [pdf/1mb/43p]

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