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Going Green Creates Bond Between NAFA and NYC

June 11, 2008

NEW YORK CITY – The Big Apple is greener than ever and NAFAis proud to be along for the ride. NAFA took part in The City of New York Parks& Recreation’s 20th Annual Vehicle and Equipment Show on May 29 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 

The show built upona renewed relationship between NAFA Fleet Management Association and The Cityof New York, which rose to the forefront thanks to the impressive environmentalrecord of the City.NAFA recently honored The City of New York Parks & Recreation with thefirst-ever Green Fleet Award at the 2008 Institute and Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Judged by a panel of industry experts, award recipients made significantstrides to reduce their company’s energy consumption, lower vehicle emissionsand increase overall fleet efficiency."NAFA realizes the importance of going green and how crucial the conceptis to our Members and Affiliates," said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, NAFA'sExecutive Director. "We also recognize that it's not easy to do so andfeel the need to distinguish those who are determined the go that extramile." 

The environment is one of NAFA’s leading concerns as the rising cost of fuel isone of the biggest obstacles fleet managers face today. For years, NAFA hasbeen committed to environmental causes and has been recognized nationally fortheir efforts. 

In April, NAFA representatives met with the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) to provide fleet perspectives on EPA's pendingregulation for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases."This is a crucial turning point in the fleet world," said DougWeichman, CAFM, Director, Fleet Management Division, Palm Beach County."This obligation to our environment, combined with government legislationsuch as EPACT 2005, is making fleet professionals implement more creative andexciting programs to increase fleet efficiency while reducing energyconsumption and vehicle emissions." 

New York Parks Department has been committed to greening its fleet since themid-1990s when the department piloted the first CNG retrofit pickup trucks andinstalled a CNG dispensing tank in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For almost 15years, Parks has been continuing their efforts and now has over 65 percent of theirfleet operating on some type of alternative fuel. 

“Parks has successfully made their fleet eco-friendly which is an overwhelmingjob for an organization of this size,” said Phil Russo, CAE, NAFA’s ExecutiveDirector. “We hope to keep a close relationship with Parks and make the futureeven brighter.” 

NAFA was one of 140 vendors exhibiting around the park’s famous Unisphere, a12-story high, spherical, stainless steel representation of the Earth that wasconstructed for the 1964/65 World’s Fair. Vendors showcased their equipment andvehicles from a variety of industries, including cars, trucks, vehicle repair,horticultural equipment, clean energy alternatives, emergency management, andmarinas. NAFA staff and members of the New York Chapter provided informationabout the Association and handed out t-shirts and other memorabilia.





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