The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., was awarded a $23,387 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to convert five 2016 Ford F-150 light-duty trucks to alternative-fuel vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s light-duty fleet hauls materials, equipment and staff to and from work sites, as well as clears roads in winter.
“The district wants to convert these vehicles to fulfill its commitment to sustainability from an organizational and environmental perspective by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and petroleum-based fuel dependency while serving as an example of alternative-fuel use,” says Mike Webster, district fleet manager.
Converting the fleet to alternative-fuel vehicles is part of the district’s Fleet Vehicle and Equipment Sustainability policy, which calls for all gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to be replaced with vehicles powered by alternative-fuel technology.
The district runs a fleet of 180 road vehicles and 172 pieces of equipment that use liquefied petroleum gas, CNG, ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative fuels, as well as hybrid-electric vehicles. The district also helps area municipalities reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions by allowing them to use its alternative-fuel station – the only one in Illinois with four different fuels.