Tennessee Clean Fuels Recognizes Certified Green Fleet
Tennessee Clean Fuels (TCF) recently inducted the first eight fleets into the “Tennessee Green Fleets” Certification Program. The fleets were recognized at the University of Chattanooga during the 2nd annual Sustainable Transportation Awards & Forum, which is managed by the
Tennessee Departments of Environment & Conservation and Transportation. TCF collaborated with them on the event and assisted in setting up an alternative fuel vehicle showcase that included 20 vehicles powered by natural gas and other alternative fuels.
The Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program was developed jointly by the Middle‐West and East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalitions. It is designed to use performance‐based metrics to analyze any fleet’s vehicle and fuel‐use data, and compare new actions they have taken to what their footprint would have looked like without those actions. The applicant fleets that receive certification can promote their fleet’s greening efforts and include that in its sustainability portfolio information.
Natural gas fleets from across the state that received certification include:
Waste Management, Antioch Operations – Waste Management has transitioned 68 of their 90 refuse trucks out of their Antioch operations center to CNG and over 80 percent of the fuel use there is CNG. They opened a “Clean‐n‐Green” CNG station to the public, which is the only public CNG station on the south side of Nashville for CNG vehicles.
UPS, Class‐8 Fleet – UPS operates 283 Class‐8 LNG trucks that are based out of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis—over one‐third of all of their Class 8 vehicles in Tennessee. UPS not only educates about their “rolling laboratory” at national events. They have helped their local coalition with tours of their facilities in Knoxville.
Gibson County Utility District – The utility district built a public CNG station in small West‐Tennessee community of Trenton for all citizens (that includes the use of solar power) and have moved almost half of their 36‐vehicle fleet to CNG. Significant efforts to reach out into communities across the entire state of Tennessee to discuss how CNG is a great option for using cleaner, domestic fuels.
Scott Appalachian Industries – The company built a public CNG station in small East‐Tennessee community of Huntsville/Oneida for all citizens and have transitioned half of their fleet to CNG.