Greater Indiana Clean Cities Announces Launch of Certified Green Partner Program

CONTACT: Kellie L. Walsh – 317.985.4380
4355 Lafayette Blvd., Indpls, IN

Today, at noon, at the corporate offices of the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, Inc., located at 4355 Lafayette Blvd., Indianapolis, IN, Coalition officers will present the first three member inductees into the program. This announcement opens the program for other Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition member partners to apply for certification status.

The program will be open to targeted Coalition members that can provide fleet or fuel sales data for analysis of the pollutants emitted prior to the deployment of their fuel or technology. The applicants will be ranked on a one to five-star rating, based on a detailed analysis of their projects emission reduction benefits. Certified partners can promote their fleets greening efforts, as well as include in corporate sustainability portfolio information.

Eligible Vehicle Types: All on-road vehicles to include buses, medium and heavy-duty trucks, light-duty commercial and passenger vehicles are eligible for this program.

Eligible Fuel Infrastructure Operators: All owners and operators of fueling infrastructure offering on-road alternative fuels public fueling. This includes; Higher ethanol and biodiesel blends, Compressed and liquefied natural gas, Propane autogas, Electric vehicle charging ports at fuel retail stations, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Emissions Targeted for Reduction and Evaluation: The program will measure reductions in four specific emissions: Fine Particulate Matter – 2.5 Microns (PM2.5); Nitrogen Oxides (NOx); Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Fifty-four counties in Indiana are designated as maintenance counties by U.S. EPA for their emission levels. Stated Greater Indiana’s Executive Director, Kellie Walsh, she went on to explain that, “this status means that they are close to exceeding the emission levels allowed by the U.S. EPA. When exceeded, a county’s ability to draw new industrial and commercial businesses into their area can be restricted.”

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition believes that, by educating fleet operators and the companies that operate alternative fueling infrastructure on the economic and environmental benefits of alternative fuels and technologies in their counties, and assisting them in the implementation process, it will contribute to the reduction of on road emissions, moving all counties in their region into compliance.

The Greater Indiana Green Partners being honored are:

• ampCNG/Fair Oaks Dairy – 5 Star Class 8 Feet of 42 compressed natural gas trucks

• City of Ft. Wayne, IN – 3 Star fleet of hybrid and hybrid electric fleets since 2005

• Thornton’s – 3 Star Retailer offering higher ethanol blends and E85 at retail  locations across their store portfolio

The Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, (Greater Indiana) was designated as a Clean Cities Coalition by the US Department of Energy in August of 1999. It serves two-thirds of Indiana fleets, both public and private, with information and guidelines in their implantation of alternative fuels and related technologies. Greater Indiana is a 501c (3).