Paving A Path For
Fleet Sustainability
A revolutionary tool identifies how fleets
can measure and develop plans for
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016

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  • 1. Paving A Path For Fleet Sustainability A revolutionary tool identifies how fleets can measure and develop plans for sustainable practices and reduce their footprint on the environment. Claude Masters, CAFM® , Immediate Past President of NAFA. “I saw there was no real clear pathway with really good, measurable metrics. So, we built this program from the ground up and tried to take something that was fairly complicated and simplify it, mak- ing it easy-to-use, as well as able to produce measurable, concrete, meaningful results.” ▼ By Kimberly Turner Quevedo iN the lAst Few years, companies worldwide are increasingly becoming aware of the need to become more sus- tainable – and that is not any different in the fleet industry. As fleets can range anywhere from 200 to 10,000 or more vehicles, they are a significant portion of the transportation sector. “Fleets make up a large portion of greenhouse gases for our ground trans- portation,” says NAFA Member Ron Gitelman, CAFM® , Fleet Coordinator at Yale. “If you can tackle greenhouse gas emission, you can tackle climate change from a transportation perspective, but it has to start with fleets.” NAFA – in cooperation with CALSTART a national non-profit clean transporta- tion organization – developed a compre- hensive, easy-to-use Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program as a tool for fleet management professionals to help increase efficiency, reduce emissions, and conserve fuel for their businesses – overall set- ting the standard for sustainability in the fleet industry. “I have been working with CALSTART for 10 years on projects engaging sustain- ability and sustainable fleet activities,” said erin gilchrist Claude masters, CAFm® Jeffery Jeter ron gitelman, CAFm® Fleet Information Management FLEETSolutions The Magazine for Fleet Management 17
  • 2. 18 • July/August 2015748670_Instructional.indd 1 21/05/15 4:02 PM how it works For a fleet professional, the first step to develop and implement sustainable prac- tices is to examine current practices and find opportunities to improve them, or develop new ones – and the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program provides a tool to do just that. “The tool gives you the ability to bench- mark against the people who are in the top 10 percent and gives you the ability to study and analyze what they have done to be a top-tier sustainable fleet and follow their model or pathway to get you to the place you want to be,” says Masters. The program examines three main areas for each fleet – energy (reducing fuel/carbon, including fuel switching); emissions (air quality); and fuel effi- ciency (using miles per gallon or a mea- surement meaningful to fleet). “It has helped me highlight where we are doing well and what areas of opportunity we might have to improve based on the benchmarking ability and looking at how we stack up against other fleets in terms of our score,” says NAFA Member Erin Gilchrist, Fleet Manager of Safelite AutoGlass. getting started To begin, fleet participants provide key metrics in the data collection form and completion guide in conjunction with supporting documents and baseline, com- parison data. Once the data is entered, CALSTART uses it to perform a review and provide a Tier-Rating Fleet Report Card that provides guidance and suggestions for areas of improvement. “It was a little daunting to think about how we would gather all the data and infor- mation about our fleets,” said Gilchrist, charter member of the program. “One of the challenging pieces was to get points and recognition for policies and programs we have in place that don’t necessarily have a tangible recognition, like coaching, coun- seling, and training drivers.” Some fleets found they already collected the data needed, and the program helped set goals for the future. “We just pulled all the information we already had and gave it one location,” said NAFA Vice President Jeffery Jeter, Fleet Manager of Chesterfield County Department of General Services. “The program got me looking more in- depth at everything and gave me a better idea of what we need to do to improve.” Finding value For some participants the ability to get to know some of the other fleet profes- sionals has helped in developing sustain- ability initiatives. “I’ve had discussions with other fleet professionals about what they are doing, what their challenges are, and things they have on their horizon, like new initiatives and goals around sustainability,” says Gilchrist. “That networking has been invaluable to me.” Additionally, the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program helps fleet profes- sionals develop plans of action that they can present to senior management and the community. “It helps me show leadership and the folks of Chesterfield County that my fleet company is doing everything possible to keep a sustainable fleet and reduce our Fleet Information Management ▼

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