City’s Fleet Honored With Two National Recognition Awards

FRESNO, CA (May 17, 2005) - On May 17, 2005 at 1:30pm Mayor Alan Autry will hold news conference in front of City Hall to announce to nationally recognized awards received by the City of Fresno.

The City of Fresno was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the recipient of the 2005 Clean Cities National Partner Award for "Clean Air" City Fleet of the Year. The award recognizes the City for its leadership use of alternative fuels and clean air technology within a municipal fleet and the displacement of petroleum use.

The City of Fresno was selected for this national award in recognition of its leadership in the implementation of an innovative "clean air" fleet program. The award was received in competition with 88 Clean Cities Coalitions across the nation comprised of 4,800 public & private sector agencies. Mayor Autry accepted the award on behalf of the City which was presented at the 11th Annual DOE Clean Cities Conference held in Palm Springs May 3rd with over 1,000 stakeholders in attendance.

The City was recognized for its use of varied alternative fuel technologies within its fleet such as liquid natural gas (LNG) refuse trucks, compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses, and exhaust after-treatment devices on heavy equipment and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. Through the use of these technologies the City of Fresno displaced over 800,000 gallons of petroleum use in 2004.

As the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley, the City of Fresno has taken the leadership role in setting a standard for improving air quality with the use of alternative fuels such as liquid and compressed natural gas. Fresno operates the largest "alternative fuel" fleet in Central California and this DOE award recognizes Fresno's "clean air" fleet leadership across the nation.

John Hunt, Fleet Manager has been recognized as the 2005 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year in a national competition facilitated by Government Fleet Magazine and co-sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services. From a beginning group of 23 respected Fleet Manager contestants from across the country, John was honored to be included within the list of 5 finalists. The City was advised May 11th that John was selected from this finalist group of highly regarded fleet professionals to receive the "first-ever" national Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. John has led Fresno's Fleet Management Division to implement a cryogenic fueling infrastructure, liquid natural gas (LNG) refuse trucks, diesel exhaust after-treatment, prototype medium-duty hybrid truck technology and the design of the most technologically advanced police patrol sedan available today. Further, under John's leadership the Fleet Management Division was awarded a trophy from Fleet Counselor Services certifying Fresno as "Industry Competitive" and for the 5th consecutive year received the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence award. John will be presented the 2005 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8th. This truly is an outstanding honor of national recognition for John & the City’s Fleet Management Division.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777