Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet (PGF) is a voluntary program that provides pollution control equipment for school buses and other diesel vehicles at low or no cost to fleets. Technologies reduce emissions by decreasing vehicle idling, treating exhaust, or replacing entire engines with newer, cleaner substitutes.
Federal, state, and, private funds allow Environmental Initiative to provide most equipment to fleets at no cost. Replacement or repowering of engines requires some cost sharing from fleets. This voluntary, partnership-based program has reduced emissions from thousands of vehicles in a variety of sectors. Environmental Initiative staff recruit fleets to participate, coordinate installation of equipment, quantify diesel emissions reduced, and administer large scale grant funding.
pilot project to statewide effort
In 2005, Environmental Initiative launched a pilot-scale effort to reduce diesel emissions from school buses. A small number of school buses had pollution control equipment installed during the first year of the project, which was made possible through the financial support of Flint Hills Resources. Since then, Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet has expanded its voluntary efforts to reduce emissions from Rochester to Roseau. Project Green Fleet has also diversified its efforts to include new technologies and other diesel vehicles beyond just school buses.
Environmental Initiative has worked with our fleet partners and vendors to:
Install pollution control equipment on 3,200 school buses allowing 300,000 children to breath easier
Retrofit, repower, or upgrade more than 400 heavy-duty diesel engines including trucks, transit buses, trains, and construction equipment
Reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions by 27 tons per year, the equivalent of removing 500,000 cars from the road annually
Decrease hydrocarbon (HC) emissions by 150 tons per year and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by 250 tons per year
Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet is an award-winning effort. To date we’ve received the following awards and recognition:
2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award, one of only two winners nationally in the community action category.
2009 Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Leadership Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V for significant, measurable improvements in air quality through the development and implementation of clean diesel actions.
2009 Minnesota Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention, recognizing superior environmental achievement by Minnesota’s businesses, nonprofits, government and institutions.
2011 Finalist, Best Green Campaign, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Sustainability Award
3,600 Cleaner Engines and Counting!
Project Green Fleet has installed pollution control equipment on thousands of Minnesota school buses, heavy-duty trucks, and other diesel vehicles.