Chicago Area Clean Cities Member Fleets Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 178,000 Metric Tons in 2017

CHICAGO, June 20, 2018 – Chicago Area Clean Cities today announced that in 2017 commercial and government fleets that participate in its coalition displaced 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 159,000 tons.

“In one year’s time, our member fleets reduced the equivalent of greenhouse gases from 38,000 passenger vehicles and carbon dioxide emissions from 194 million pounds of coal burned,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities.

“Chicago has commercial and government fleets using all types of clean-vehicle technologies, including electric and hybrid, compressed natural gas, propane, and biodiesel,” Bingham said. “We work with some of the most environmentally responsible fleets in the nation. Their efforts help improve air quality and also provide a solid return on investment.”

Members of Chicago Area Clean Cities include public and private fleets throughout the six-county Chicago area. The Windy City is the third largest city in the U.S. with a population of nearly 9 million people in the six-county Chicago area.

The U.S. is 92 percent dependent on petroleum to transport goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2017, the U.S. imported 3.7 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $200 billion.

“The accomplishments of our member fleets in 2017 are equivalent to the COemissions reduced from 45 wind turbines,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “Combined with the efforts of other Clean Cities coalitions around the U.S., reductions in fuel usage and lowered emissions really add up and make a huge difference in our communities on air quality.

“The trend towards using more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels continues,” Walton added. “Fuel prices keep rising, and we forecast the use of clean vehicles to gain even more momentum as a result.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 24 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, 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 are proud of the work of the companies and government agencies in our region that are taking steps to ‘go green’ with their fleets,” Bingham said. “They provide a community service by improving air quality and reducing our nation’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 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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