Chicago Area Clean Cities Fleets Saved 26.5 Million Gallons of Petroleum in 2016

NAPERVILLE, Ill., May 18, 2017 – The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition today announced that in 2016 its member fleets displaced nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons. This represents a six percent increase in fuel savings over 2015 and a two percent improvement in emissions.

“Our Clean Cities member fleets are going the extra mile when it comes to saving fuel and reducing emissions,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC). “We have fleets throughout the Chicago area using all types of green technologies, including electric, compressed natural gas, propane, hydraulic hybrid, and biodiesel vehicles. Their efforts help the environment and also are providing a solid return on investment.”

Members of CACC include commercial fleets and municipalities throughout the six-county Chicago area. The coalition announced its 2016 fleet-fuel survey results today at its annual Green Drives Conference and Expo. At the expo, more than 200 attendees learned about steps they can take to make their fleets cleaner, less reliant on petroleum, and more fuel efficient.

Companies such as United Parcel Service, Ozinga and Alpha Baking Company were featured at the conference as examples of companies that are using cleaner vehicles. Forty environmentally friendly vehicles were showcased at the event, and more than 20 exhibitors featured their green-fleet solutions.

The United States is 92 percent dependent on petroleum to transport our goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2016, the U.S. imported 3.6 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $154 billion.

“The actions of our local fleets make an impact,” said John Walton, chairman, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “When you calculate this nationally, with the efforts of other Clean Cities coalitions around the country, reductions in fuel usage and lowered emissions really add up. The trend towards using more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels continues, despite gas prices being lower than their peak.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 23 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, auto manufacturers, dealerships, fuel suppliers, conversion companies, environmental organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use.

“We admire the work of the businesses and government agencies in our region that are taking steps to ‘go green’ with their fleets,” Bingham said. “They are providing a community service by improving air quality and reducing our country’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting cleaner energy for commercial and government fleets in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of nearly 100 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. CACC concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit


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