Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 13.6

GreenStep City Best Practices: Transportation
Efficient City Fleets No. 13

Implement a city fleet investment, operations and maintenance plan.

Best Practice Action 6

Retrofit city diesel engines or install auxiliary power units and/or electrified parking spaces, utilizing Project GreenFleet or the like.

  • Despite high initial cost, battery-electric buses deliver lowest life-cycle costs to city transit fleets.
  • Project GreenFleet is a collaborative effort, led by Environmental Initiative, with business, government agencies and non-profit organizations, to improve air quality and protect public health by reducing emissions from Minnesota's diesel-fueled heavy construction vehicles.
1 star Retrofit several city diesel engines. Report participation of businesses in best practice action 23.4
2 star Retrofit all exhaust systems of city heavy-duty diesel truck models with diesel oxidation catalysts or filters.
3 star Install at least one APU or electrified parking space. Report business participation in U.S. EPA's SmartWay Transport program under best practice action 23.4

Who's doing it

Brooklyn Center - 2 star
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All new mobile engines and generators are replaced with Tier 4 Diesel engines
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Andrew Hogg (City staff) | ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us | 763-569-3327
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Saint Paul - 2 star
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The City of Saint Paul has worked with Project GreenFleet and Donaldson in order to retrofit trucks with DOC units in order to reduce particulate emissions.
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Austin - 1 star
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Palmer Bus Service retrofitted about 20 buses, contacted City, Utilities, and County to get vehicle inventory
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This is in progress at the time of this post.
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: Palmer Bus Service, Mower County, Austin Utilities, Project Green Fleet
Burnsville - 1 star
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Burnsville participates in Project GreenFleet. To date, 4 city diesel engines have been retrofitted. Eleven engines have systems ordered and these will be installed in the near future. Within the next few months, every city vehicle that is less than Tier 3 will have an upgraded emission system.
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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 1 star
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Leech lake has retrofitted 65 buses, 25 DOCs, 2 DMFs and 4 re-powers.
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Brandy Toft (Community volunteer) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Maplewood - 1 star
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Through the grant Clean Diesel Grant from the MPCA, Maplewood was able to retrofit four of the city's older diesel engine trucks. This will help fund for the purchase and installation of oxidation catalysts as of summer 2011. The city has also switched their diesel fleet from B2 biodiesel to a B5 biodiesel mixture in the winter with B10 biodiesel in the summer.

Fleet will be replacing all older diesel trucks for newer vehicles that have pre-installed Oxidation Catalysts within the next two years.
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For more information contact:
Scott Schultz (City staff) | scott.schultz@ci.maplewood.mn.us | (651) 249-2430
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Rochester - 1 star
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Green Fleet a few years back and retro fitted 8 pre- filter Detroits Diesels. Since then we have updated the fleet with all new diesel technologies with filters as standard. The 2010 also have an after burn system using urea. The fleet uses B5  5% soybean.
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Anthony Knauer (City staff) | tknauer@rochestermn.gov | 3282401
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Woodbury - 1 star
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As of May 2013, Woodbury is in the process of using the MPCA DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grant to retrofit four dump trucks with an up-graded exhaust muffler.
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Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff) | jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us | 651-714-3522
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Fergus Falls - Pending
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As fleet vehicles reach beyond their useful life with the city, more efficient vehicles are purchased whenever possible.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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