State-wide program aims to recognize fleets for their efficiency efforts
Raleigh, N.C. – With gas prices on the rise, the N.C. Solar Center is announcing the launch of N.C. Smart Fleet, an initiative to recognize North Carolina fleets for efficiency efforts, as well as clean transportation technology and policy adoption. N.C. Smart Fleet provides an opportunity for both public and private sector fleets to quantify, aggregate and celebrate all that they are doing for air quality and fuel efficiency. With an eye towards reducing petroleum fuel use, increasing awareness and implementing cleaner burning alternative transportation fuels and idle reduction technologies, the program will require tracking of the fleet’s annual fuel use, outreach activities and internal fleet procedures.
Benefits of joining N.C. Smart Fleet include statewide recognition by the N.C. Department of Transportation at the Center’s annual Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) awards event, promotion of technologies and policies that can save fleet’s money and reduce emissions, networking opportunities and technical assistance. “The N.C. Solar Center is pleased to have the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Department, and Waste Industries join N.C. Smart Fleet as inaugural members and look forward to other fleets both large and small joining throughout the year” announced Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No previous experience with alternative fuels or commitment to reduced fuel use is required. N.C. Smart Fleet application and overview information is available at www.cleantransportation.org.
The N.C. Smart Fleet initiative is a statewide effort led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University. The Center has partnered with regional organizations Centralina Council of Governments, Land of Sky Council of Governments, Kerr Tar Council of Governments, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, Triangle J Council of Governments and Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments to support regional fleet efforts.
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About the N.C. Solar Center
The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter