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A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
April/May 2016
GREENLINE is published by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC). This e-newsletter is a part of our goal to broaden visibility for the coalition and to achieve Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air, and Clean Cities. To help support our mission, we encourage you to become a 2016 annual sponsor of CACC and register to attend our Green Drives Conference on Thursday, May 19. Please also make sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

Bakery Switches to Propane Vans

A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of seven cents per mile, according to a study released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory.
The work was carried out under the auspices of DOE's Clean Cities initiative. The program, overseen by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, began in 1993 with the goal of cutting petroleum use in transportation. It has helped save 7.5 billion gallons of oil so far.
The Alpha Baking Company replaced 22 of its 300 diesel trucks with propane vehicles in 2013. The Chicago-based company, the third largest of its kind in the United States, employs 1,400 people and distributes goods to restaurants, grocery-store chains and other customers through 16 depots in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Alpha Baking Company had been searching for an alternative fuel for nearly a decade and has considered not only propane but natural gas and vegetable oil, said Bob McGuire, vice president and director of logistics for the company.
“It's the right thing to do,” said McGuire, describing the company's quest for a fuel alternative. Not only is it beneficial to the environment, but the cost of fuel is too volatile, he said. “It's such a great unknown as to what it's going to be in the future.”
Analysis from Argonne's Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool showed that the propane trucks had lower fuel economy than the diesel vans but provided notable petroleum displacement and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Total petroleum displacement was about 38,000 diesel gallon equivalent per year and the greenhouse gas emission reduction was roughly 80 tons annually, according to Andy Burnham, an environmental scientist at Argonne. “The findings were very encouraging,” said Burnham. “Propane trucks work well for the baking industry, and their use led to significant petroleum displacement.”
The incremental costs of the propane step vans and the infrastructure needed to support them can be recouped in four to seven years, the study found. In addition, lower fuel prices and a reduction in maintenance costs for propane vans will continue the cost savings long after the capital costs for the vans and fueling stations are recouped.
The Alpha Baking Company is looking to expand its use to several other depots in its system: McGuire said propane is an excellent fit for vehicles that run 100-200 miles a day. Other bakeries, including Bimbo Bakeries USA and H&S Bakery, have already begun to deploy their own propane fleets.
To more, go to: Argonne's website. The full study also is available online.

Best Buy's Geek Squad to Use Prius

Best Buy’s Geek Squad recently started dispatching more than 1,000 Toyota Prius c hybrid cars nationwide. Geek Squad representatives make more than 5 million house calls a year, driving an estimated 12.6 million miles to assist Americans with the full range of technology needs, including home technology design and installation, as well as troubleshooting and repair. The Prius c will produce about half the emissions of the previous Geekmobile over the life of the vehicle, making it attractive to Best Buy because of the company’s commitment to reduce its own carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020. To see a video of the new geek mobile, click here.

Cook-Illinois Corp Promotes Emissions Reductions

In a recently created YouTube video, John Benish, Jr. explains why Cook-Illinois Corporation uses biodiesel to fuel their school buses each day.
A long-time participant in coalition events and initiatives, Cook-Illinois Corporation worked with the American Lung Association in Illinois to produce the video, which focuses on the benefits of lowering diesel-engine emissions.
Cook-Illinois Corp. is the largest family-owned and operated school bus contractor in the United States – and the sixth largest among all school bus companies nationwide. The company also is a sponsor of Chicago Area Clean Cities.
To watch the video, click here.

Orange EV's Pure-Electric Terminal Trucks Available for Drives at May 19 Event 

Orange EV, a terminal truck manufacturer based in Kansas City, recently announced it is supporting the Chicago Area Clean Cities coalition as an annual sponsor at the Platinum level.
Orange EV’s T-Series is the only commercially deployed and certified terminal truck that qualifies for financial incentives through the Drive Clean Chicago Voucher Program. Operators can save $150,000 per truck in Chicago and its six counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Terminal trucks are built to move trailers and containers within cargo yards and may be found at rail centers, distribution centers, warehouses, ports, parcel service centers, logistics hubs, and manufacturing sites. Fleets know these trucks, which normally run on diesel, by many names including: spotter, hostler, buggy, yard truck, goat, tractor, mule, shunt and shuttle. They can work around the clock and diesel-powered versions often only achieve 4-6 miles to the gallon. 
“Electric is a great solution for a terminal truck,” said Mike Saxton, Orange EV’s chief commercial officer. “The more you use them the more you save when replacing diesels with higher efficiency electric systems.” Orange EV’s electric terminal truck has been demonstrated to run up to 24 hours on a single charge in common applications while saving up to 90 percent net in fuel, then more in maintenance and other areas.
Orange EV will have its terminal truck available for test drives at the Lake Michigan Consortium’s Green Drives Program on Thursday, May 19. To register for the conference, go to:
Orange EV, based near Kansas City in Riverside, Mo. manufactures pure-electric, industrial-strength vehicles that are better for the earth, people and bottom line. The company offers solutions that meet the harsh demands of industrial environments, while lowering total cost of ownership. The T-Series pure electric terminal truck is Orange EV’s first offering. Orange EV is scheduling test drives and onsite customer demonstrations. To learn more contact Orange EV at or call 866-688-5223, Ext. 702.  Or, visit the company’s website at

Impressive Lineup of Speakers, Topics for this year's Green Drive$ Expo 

This week we announced our impressive lineup of speakers for our 5th annual Green Drive$ Conference and Expo on Thursday, May 19, at Northern Illinois University’s Conference Center in Naperville. Speakers include:
  • John Davis, the Emmy® Award-winning host of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series
  • Sean Kilcarr, Executive Editor, Fleet Owner magazine
  • PJ Newcomb, Sustainability Program Manager, Coca-Cola North America
  • Jon Coleman, Fleet Sustainability & Advanced Technology Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Matthew Rudnick, Global Manager of Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, General Motors
  • Tracy Woodard, Director, Government Affairs, Nissan North America
  • Matthew Carr, General Manager – Branch Sales, Central Region, Cummins, Inc.
To see the program agenda and more details about the conference, please click here. Please register by May 5 for early-bird tickets. To bring an alternative fuel, electric or hybrid vehicle to the program, please register as soon as possible at this link Green Drives Vehicle Registration
B20 Club Sponsors Clean Cities

On National Biodiesel Day March 21, the B20 Club of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) announced diamond-level sponsorship of the Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) coalition. The B20 Club promotes biodiesel for its benefits including environmental, economic and sustainability. 

One of the ingredients in almost half of biodiesel production -- soybean oil -- can reduce the United States’ dependence on petroleum. The B20 Club has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of planting 10,638 trees. 

To learn more, please click B20 Club.

Coca-Cola Exec to Speak at GD$16

PJ Newcomb, sustainability program manager for Coca-Cola North America, will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker at Green Drive$ on May 19. 

Newcomb leads energy and climate governance activities for Coca-Cola in North America, which includes the transportation fleet, facilities, and cold-drink equipment. He also works to align the environment and sustainability work streams in North America, including water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate protection, sustainable packaging, and sustainable agriculture. 

Coca-Cola is a National Clean Cities Fleet Partner.

Support Clean Cities, Green Fleets: Sponsor Us!

CACC sponsorships for 2016 are available. Sponsors help the coalition to hold workshops and seminars, and to work with area fleets, community leaders and citizens to further the coalition's mission of Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air and Clean Cities. Click here to download our sponsor guide. To learn more, contact Joe Koenig at 708-414-1065 or via email.
Special Thanks to Our Major Sponsors of Chicago Area Clean Cities
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