Promote the sale of low emission (tier 3, electric, CNG, etc.) vehicles.
Tier 3 vehicles are designed to reduce the pollution that comes from driving cars and trucks. [i]
Tool: Work with customers to obtain special tax credits available for low-emission vehicles.
Helping customers to obtain tax credits will make low-emission vehicles more affordable to more people – resulting in cleaner air for all of us.
- Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Tax Credit. https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Plug-In-Electric-Vehicle-Credit-IRC-30-and-IRC-30D
- State of Utah incentives (tax credits) for alternative fuel. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/state_summary?state=UT
Tool: Emphasize that many daily transportation needs can be handled on foot and on a bicycle.
While encouraging customers to purchase low-emission vehicles, remind them that using those cars only when necessary will help improve air quality.
Help customers understand the impacts emissions have on community health. Distribute information pamphlets about low-emission vehicles. Link fuel economy more closely with its impact on emissions (e.g. every gallon of fuel saved puts money in your pocket and reduces smog). Draw attention to the EPA window stickers for their fuel economy ratings and smog ratings.[ii]
- EPA Fuel Economy Label. http://www3.epa.gov/fueleconomy/label-2008.htm
Promote the sale of tier 3 fuel.
Converting from tier 2 fuel to tier 3 fuel is among the most highly cost-effective air quality control measures available. [iii]
Tool: Encourage refineries to produce tier 3 fuels sooner.
Once adopted, tier 3 fuel standards will have tremendous positive repercussions for public health and reduce losses in productivity due to illnesses related to air pollution.
- EPA report of tier 3 fuel impacts on health. http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/documents/tier3/420f14007.pdf
Promote the use of alternative fuel sources.
Low-emission alternative fuels (like electricity and CNG) have lower impacts on our air quality than traditional, petroleum-based fuels.
Tool: Improve local and statewide networks of charging stations.
In recent years, electric vehicle sales have jumped tremendously. In 2014, approximately 119,710 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2014, representing a 23% increase from 2013 and a 128% from 2012.[iv] Although electric vehicle sales represented less than one percent of car sales in 2014, as their availability, reliability, and affordability increase, the sales trends will likely continue.
- Utah Paperbox (UPB) in Salt Lake City installed five electric vehicle charging stations. UPB partnered with Utah Clean Cities and received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to support the station installation. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/case/1569
Tool: Improve network of available alternative fuel stations (CNG, EG, etc.).
Car buyers who are considering purchasing low-emission vehicles might be deterred from doing so because of a shortage of alternative fueling stations. Increasing the supply of alternative fuels in Provo will make owning low-emission vehicles easier and improve air quality.
- Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Expansion resource report. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/55640.pdf
Tool: Recommend natural-gas use for heavy vehicles, like buses and trucks.
Converting heavy vehicles to natural gas will have a large positive impact on our air quality because those vehicles emit more pollution than standard cars do.
Promote the use of active transportation among auto-dealership employees and customers alike.
Walking and biking are good forms of exercise and, when substituted for driving, they improve air quality.
Tool: Provide end of trip facilities (such as changing rooms or showers) for those who walk or bike to the workplace.
Employees who walk or bicycle to work may arrive wet, muddy, or sweaty. In order to make walking or cycling to work viable for many employees, showers and changing facilities (either on-site or close to work) are a vital amenity.
- LEED Requirements for Showers and Changing Facilities. http://www.usgbc.org/node/2614413?return=/credits/new-construction/v4
- League of American Bicyclist’s Bicycle Friendly Business. http://www.bikeleague.org/league-vocabulary/bicycle-friendly-business
- Promoting active transportation in your workplace. http://www.projecthealth.ca/archive-38
[ii] EPA’s Fuel Economy and Efficiency label. https://www3.epa.gov/carlabel/