The Village of Downers Grove in DuPage County, Illinois has been selected as the 14th Government Green Fleet in North America. Of the 176 units within the Village’s fleet, including on and off road vehicles and equipment, 83% utilize some form of alternative fuel, including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
The Village uses CNG fuel to power a wide range of vehicles including Honda Civics, pick-up trucks, cargo vans, police patrol vehicles and five-ton trucks. The Village’s five-ton trucks were the first in the midwest to be powered by CNG.
Each year the Government Green Fleet Award recognizes the top 100 fleets for their dedicated use of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. These awards are supported by the Clean Cities Coalition, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Downers Grove was the only community recognized in the Chicagoland area.
The implementation of green initiatives like the use of cleaner, more efficient alternative fuels achieves the Village’s Strategic Plan goal of being a Steward of Financial & Environmental Sustainability. Using alternative fuels reduces the environmental impact of fleet operations and is more cost effective than traditional petroleum based products.
(Source: Village of Downers Grove)