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Downers Grove honored for use of alternative fuels

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 7:48 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Village of Downers Grove has been selected as the 14th Government Green Fleet in North America.

Each year, the Government Green Fleet Award recognizes the top 100 fleets for their dedicated use of alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, the village announced Friday.

These awards are supported by the Clean Cities Coalition, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Downers Grove was the only community recognized in the Chicagoland area.

Of the village's 176 vehicles, including on-and off-road vehicles and equipment, 83 percent utilize some form of alternative fuel, the village said.

These alternatives include Biodiesel, E-85 ethanol, Compressed Natural Gas, propane, solar power and hybrid combinations. The village uses CNG fuel to power a wide range of vehicles including Honda Civics, pick-up trucks, cargo vans, police patrol vehicles and five-ton trucks. The village's five-ton trucks were the first in the midwest to be powered by CNG, according to the village.

The village said that in addition to being environmentally friendly, using alternative fuels reduces the environmental impact of fleet operations and is more cost effective than traditional petroleum based products. For example, the per-gallon cost of gasoline equivalent for CNG is 70 cents.

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