Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 23.4

GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management
Local Air Quality No. 23

Prevent generation of local air contaminants so as to improve community health.

Best Practice Action 4

Document the participation of businesses in emission/idling reduction efforts/programs.

  • Project GreenFleet is a collaborative effort led by Minnesota's Environmental Initiative, to help business, government agencies and non-profit organizations work together to improve air quality and protect public health by reducing emissions, currently focused on diesel-fueled heavy construction vehicles.
  • MPCA financing for auxiliary power units is done through its Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan program.
  • Since 2004 the U.S. EPA's SmartWay transportation program has helped companies - shippers, carriers, logistic companies - save money and advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Cities can reach out to encourage local companies to use SmartWay tools, and can recognize and publicize the good works of SmartWay participants.
1 star Participation in Clean Air Minnesota's Project GreenFleet (focus on construction vehicles). Report city fleet emissions/idling reduction efforts under best practice 13.
2 star Installation by the city or businesses of auxiliary power units (APUs) and/or electrified parking spaces that reduce truck and bus idling. Report APUs for city fleets under action 13.6
3 star Participation of 1 or more trucking or shipping or logistic companies based in your city in U.S. EPA's SmartWay Transport program.