The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition recently recognized 24 local fleets for their efforts to reduce petroleum use and improve air quality, as part of its annual Fleet Recognition Awards. The winners included seven Gold, nine Silver and eight Bronze recipients.
Entities were judged based on their contributions recorded in the DFW Clean Cities Annual Survey, with a maximum of 100 points possible. The points included 55 for emissions reduction, 25 for fuel consumption reduction and 20 for partnering with DFW Clean Cities. Gold Level status required 50 or more points; Silver Level status required 40-49; and Bronze Level status required 30-39. Dallas garnered the top score of 79 points.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit was awarded Gold status for the fifth consecutive year, while the cities of Carrollton, Dallas and Lewisville, and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport earned Gold for the fourth straight year. Other entities bringing home the top honor were the Town of Flower Mound and City of Frisco.
The winners of the Silver recognition were the cities of Arlington, Denton, Grand Prairie, Irving, Mesquite, North Richland Hills and Southlake, Denton County, and Trinity Metro. Irving earned Silver status for the sixth year.
Eight entities – the Town of Addison, the cities of Coppell, Grapevine, Richardson and Watauga – joined Tarrant County, Bimbo Bakeries and Weatherford College to claim Bronze status.
A total of 52 Dallas-Fort Worth area fleets reported their activities.
Additionally, DFW Clean Cities recognized six Shining Stars for their work to enhance air quality by reducing nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, improving efficiency and converting to alternative fuels. Southlake and Addison demonstrated the greatest showcase of efficiency strategies; Irving and Grand Prairie were named alternative fuel champions; and Denton County and Carrollton won the Rising Star Award as air quality champions for the progress they demonstrated reducing nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Fort Worth was also acknowledged for its decision to adopt the Clean Fleet Policy for the first time.