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Six Region Cities Chosen for Green Fleet Program

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A nonprofit environmental organization funded by the U.S. Department of Energy has chosen six Region cities to join a program that aims to make municipal vehicles go greener. Officials at South Shore Clean Cities have announced that Dyer, East Chicago, Hobart, LaPorte, Portage and Valparaiso will participate in the Northwest Indiana Green Fleet program. South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director Carl Lisek says the goal of Green Fleet is to work with governmental fleets in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties “to lessen the barriers to adopt alternative fuels and create policies to support reductions of petroleum use and vehicle emissions.”
Lisek and his staff collect information from government officials about their fleet vehicles, including those operated by police, fire, health, sanitation, public transportation and utility departments and building inspectors. "We analyze the data and make recommendations on equipment needed to improve each fleet's environmental performance," he said. "We provide training on green initiatives and assist on finding and applying for eligible funding to improve and update fleet equipment."
Kathy Luther, director of environmental programs at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, said the Green Fleet program builds upon work in the past. "In the past, we have provided information and assistance to municipalities on ways to reduce pollution and save energy through their fleets based on what funding is available," she said. "The great thing about the Green Fleet program is that each of the pilot communities' fleets will be looked at as a whole. Solutions that work best for each city, town and department can be identified and implemented in ways that save money and improve the environment."


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