Chapel Hill Recognized for Energy Efficiency from Triangle Clean Cities Coalition

Post Date:11/05/2014 4:18 PM

greentruckThe Triangle Clean Cities Coalition has recognized the Town of Chapel Hill as a Champion Level "NC Smart Fleet" for its efforts to reduce petroleum usage.  

NC Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson handed out the awards on Friday, Oct. 24, to fleet representatives at the first annual Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference in Raleigh. The Triangle Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Lacey Jane Wolfe said: "These awards are richly deserved! I've always thought that our stakeholder fleets are among the best in the state, and now we have proof.”

Champion Level:            Town of Chapel Hill, EPES Transport, BuildSense
Leader Level:                 City of Fayetteville, Orange County, Piedmont Biofuels, Town of Cary
Supporter Level:             National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Town of Apex, Town of Knightdale

The Eighth Annual NC Mobile CARE ( Clean Air Renewable Energy) awards conducted by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the Solar Center) and NC DOT recognizes organizations and individuals across the state that are helping to lead the way to reduced transportation related emissions and increased efficiency. The Smart Fleet Initiative is a new branch of NC Mobile CARE that focuses on fleet commitment and accomplishments in reducing petroleum use and reducing CO2 emissions.

The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted a Green Fleets Policy in 2005 that requires the Town to obtain energy efficient vehicles and to operate its fleets in a manner that is energy efficient and minimizes emissions. The Town endeavors to decrease energy expenditures for its fleets. The policy expresses the Council’s commitment to reducing energy consumption and dependence on foreign oil, and to improving air quality.

Some facts about the Town of Chapel Hill’s fleet comprising 489 vehicles including vehicle equipment and non-rolling stock:

  •  The Town of Chapel Hill's fleets are managed by the Public Works Department.
  • The Town of Chapel Hill has decreased gasoline use by more than 9 percent over the past three years. This is largely due to increased use of E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) in police vehicles and the acquisition of more hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Chapel Hill utilizes CNG (compressed natural gas) in bi-fuel vehicles (those vehicles with multi-fuel engines capable of running on two fuels).
  • There is one electric vehicle used by the parking services division. View the video about the electric vehicle here -
  • Chapel Hill is a long-time user of B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petroleum diesel) , utilizing over 100,000 gallons of B20 in 2013.
  • Chapel Hill uses teleconferencing so that employees may host meetings between locations as opposed to traveling from site to site.

To learn more about Chapel Hill’s sustainability efforts, visit


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