CCFC Recognizes Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools with Region of Excellence Award
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to award Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for Excellence in Clean Transportation and Clean Fuel Activities!
Patsy Kinsey (City of Charlotte Councilmember and Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) Chairperson), Chris Facente (CCFC Chairman & Automotive Supervisor at UNC-Charlotte), and Jason Wager (CCFC Coordinator and CCOG Planning Program Supervisor) are proud to recognize Bryan Steiner and CMS with an annual Region of Excellence Award at the May 2017 CCOG Board of Delegates meeting.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), through the leadership of Bryan Steiner, Construction Engineer and long-time stakeholder in the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, has made an effort in recent years to explore alternative fuels and clean transportation technologies. Bryan researched and supported the purchase of 2 propane buses, 5 propane F550's, 5 propane bi-fuel E-350 vans, (via Roush CleanTech and Fontaine Modification) and 4 neighborhood electric vehicles (Club Car) by the Building Services and bus fleets at CMS. These 16 alternative fuel vehicles displaced 12,750 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 15.4 tons in 2016. In addition, CMS also has idle reduction and route optimization programs in place that have further displaced an estimated 180,454 gallons of petroleum in 2016 alone!
These alternatively fueled vehicles replaced older more polluting equipment, saving money on lower cost fuel, improving air quality, and reducing dependence on traditional petroleum. The reduced PM and NOx emissions compared to the vehicles these replaced are of special interest given their constant operation around school children, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population from a health perspective.
CMS’s efforts to solve for fuel infrastructure location, permitting, and logistics, the purchasing and specifying of vehicle packages that could use alternative fuels while accomplishing the work required, and structuring a fueling contract with Amerigas, all helped to make the operational and financial case.
Combined, these activities support the Clean Cities mission and illustrate a dedication and passion for making a difference for our children’s health and a more sustainable region now and in the future.
Special thanks to CCFC Award Committee members Chris Facente (UNC-Charlotte), Brian Funderburk (Amerigas), Megan Green (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Lang Reynolds (Duke Energy).
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Propane Fueling demonstration led by Bryan Steiner of CMS during a CCFC Core Stakeholder meeting, January 2017