Arlington, TX – The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition recently recognized public-sector fleets for their efforts to reduce petroleum use and improve air quality as part of its annual Fleet Recognition Awards. The winners included nine Gold Level, four Silver Level and nine Bronze Level recipients. Kaufman County won in the Bronze Category.
The City of Southlake and Dallas Area Rapid Transit were awarded Gold status for the third straight year, while the cities of Carrollton, Dallas, Denton and Lewisville, and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport earned the top designation for the second consecutive year. The City of Grapevine and Denton Independent School District won Gold for the first time.
Awards were presented based on entities’ scores on the DFW Clean Cities Annual Survey. Each entity could earn up to 55 points for emissions reduction, 25 points for reducing fuel consumption and 20 points for partnering with DFWCC. Gold Level status required 45-100 points; Silver Level status required 34-44, and Bronze Level status required 28-34.
The winners of Silver recognition were the cities of Coppell and Irving, the Town of Addison and Denton County. The Bronze winners were the cities of Arlington, Benbrook, Frisco, McKinney and Mesquite, along with Kaufman County, Prosper ISD, SPAN Transit and Trinity Metro.
This year’s winners were instrumental in helping the region reduce:
• 23.9 million gallons of gasoline equivalent
• 734,089 pounds of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx)
• 125,058 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
Clean Cities also highlighted significant improvements in areas such as the reduction of NOx, transition to alternative fuels and gasoline gallon equivalent savings through the Shining Stars Awards. DART, the cities of Carrollton, Coppell and Dallas and SPAN Transit were recognized for their NOx reduction. Three of these entities -DART, and the cities of Coppell and Dallas – were joined by the City of Grapevine as Shining Stars in the category of gasoline gallon equivalent reduction. The Shining Stars showing the greatest progress transitioning to alternative fuels were the cities of Carrollton and Plano, Denton ISD and Prosper ISD.
DFW Clean Cities introduced the Fleet Challenge this year, recognizing entities that met or exceeded goals they set in the 2019 survey. The cities of Bedford, Carrollton and Frisco, and DFW Airport received this inaugural recognition.
Fleet Challenge Recipients:
|Recipient||Fleet Challenge Goal||Result|
|Bedford||10% increase in fuel economy||33% increase in fuel economy on 42 vehicles|
|Carrollton||10% increase in alternative fuel vehicles||21% increase in AFVs|
|Frisco||2% increase in fleet’s fuel economy||8% increase on 200 vehicles|
|DFW Airport||Increase RNG volume to >50% of natural gas use||RNG reached 55% of natural gas use|
The Clean Cities initiative is a locally based, public-private partnership that promotes practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality in the transportation sector. For more information, visit www.dfwcleancities.org.