Maintaining and Repairing County Department Vehicles
The Equipment Services (Fleet Maintenance) Division of the Department of Environmental Services maintains and repairs over 840 vehicles and equipment assigned to county departments (like Parks, Transportation, Public Safety, Health, Greater Rochester International Airport, etc). This includes 302 light, 382 medium, and 159 heavy units with various makes and models (i.e., Chevrolet Lumina 4DSD, Ford F250 pickups, Toro Groundsmaster 345 tractors, Sicard jet brooms, International dump trucks, Mack vactors, Oshkosh crash fire rescue trucks, Bobcat skid loaders, etc.).
Fleet’s major responsibilities include preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, vehicle/equipment procurement, and life cycle replacement of vehicles and equipment with a staff of 10 automotive technicians. Vehicles and equipment are purchased or leased through operating and capital funds.
Fleet Maintenance Division Ranks Second
County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County’s Fleet Division has been ranked the 2nd best Government “Green Fleet” in North America by Government Fleet magazine. Government Fleet has previously named Monroe County one of North America’s “Top 100 Government Fleets.”
By the end of this year, the County’s traditional fuel vehicles will be phased out completely and every vehicle in our fleet will utilize some form of alternative fuel,”said Brooks. “This prestigious award not only demonstrates our commitment to being proper stewards of the local environment, but shows how we continue to embrace ‘green’ initiatives that ultimately protect our local taxpayers through reduced energy costs.”
Government Fleet examined criteria from various categories to determine the winners of its annual Green Fleet awards. Qualifications included: fleet composition, fuel usage and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement and support programs.
There are over 38,000 public fleets in North America. Monroe County’s Fleet Division oversees 1,100 vehicles, including the Sheriff’s Office and Greater Rochester International Airport fleets. Fleet features a comprehensive program of alternative fuel use; which is backed by advanced fleet monitoring technology. The County has implemented ethanol-based E85 in all of its flex-fuel vehicles and ethanol-based E20 in remaining traditional gas vehicles. Monroe County also utilizes biodiesel (B5 and B20) in its diesel vehicles.
Monroe County’s Fleet Center has received several awards from the American Public Works Association (APWA), including the 2004 and 2005 APWA Structural Award for public works facilities in New York State. The County’s Green Fuel Station won APWA’s 2008 Public Works Project of the Year (Genesee Valley Branch and New York State Award). Monroe County’s Fleet has also been honored by the Rochester Business Journal’s Environmental Leadership Award in the Alternative Energy use category.
Monroe County "Green" Fleet
On August 21st, 2008, County Executive Maggie Brooks along with representatives from RIT and General Motors unveiled the new Monroe County Green Fuel Station on Scottsville Road. The station is the latest in the County’s efforts to make environmental protection a top priority. The new facility includes a hydrogen fuel cell station, ethanol fuel and B-20 biodiesel.
“This innovate alternative fuel station demonstrates Monroe County’s continuing commitment to ‘Go Green,’” said Brooks. “Our work with alternative fuels is indicative of the potential our region has to be a national leader in alternative energy, and is an important step in our efforts to protect the environment by reducing the impact of our vehicle fleet. In addition, as energy prices continue to skyrocket, these alternative fuels will help us cut costs and protect taxpayers.”
Monroe County’s “Green Fleet” consists of more than six dozen flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles. The County plans fully convert its entire fleet to alternative fuel-capable vehicles and phase out traditional gas-only vehicles by 2012. Whenever possible, every new vehicle purchased by Monroe County will be powered by E-85 flex-fuel, an electric-gasoline hybrid, biodiesel or other alternative energy source.
Brooks was joined by RIT President Bill Destler, who highlighted Monroe County’s partnership with RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and General Motors to evaluate alternative fuel technology.
“The project with Monroe County to explore and evaluate the use of alternative fuels in the County’s vehicle fleet is one of several initiatives underway in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability,” said President Destler. “We are confident this partnership will create new economic growth and establish this region as a global hub for talent and expertise in alternative energy.”
Monroe County also participates in GM’s Chevrolet Project Driveway by driving and evaluating the performance of a hydrogen fuel cell Chevy Equinox. The fuel cell Equinox is a true zero gas, zero emissions vehicle that only emits water vapor as exhaust. The County and GM will evaluate fuel cell technology and vehicle performance on a day-to-day basis. “Monroe County is one of only a handful of counties in the U.S. – and the only in Upstate New York to be selected by GM to take part in Project Driveway,” said Brooks. “Through this unique partnership and cutting edge program, Monroe County is leading the way toward a more sustainable future.”