The City of Evanston was recently inaugurated into the Illinois B20 Club for its efforts at using biodiesel fuels to power its fleet of trucks, thereby cutting back on emissions that clutter up the air we breathe.
The recognition came from the Illinois Soybeans Association and the American Lung Association.
Some 145 of the city’s fleet of 366 units, including police and fire vehicles, heavy equipment used by utilities and forestry departments, Parks & Recreation buses and pool vehicles, are powered by biofuels that are produced by combining soybean oil with waste grease, according to Lisa Gray, fleet operations controller.
These vehicles consume 105,088 gallons of B20 annually, which keeps 363 fewer pounds of particulate matter from being released into the atmosphere.
Evanston’s fleet was recently recognized as an honorable mention by the 100 Best Fleets organization, which awards peak performing fleet operations across North America.
“B20 reduces harmful vehicle emissions, improves the sustainability of our fleet, and contributes to Evanston’s goal of being the Most Livable City.” Gray boasts.