Convert Provo’s vehicle fleet to cleaner (tier 3) vehicles
Tool: Convert the Parks and Recreation vehicle fleet to clean fuel vehicles such as CNG & Electric vehicles.
Vehicle fleets use large amounts of fuel and will make a significant contribution to our air quality when converted to cleaner forms of fuel.
- Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool for vehicle fleet planning. Provides consumption-saving strategies and allows you to set goals for reducing consumption. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/prep/index.php
- Convert drive systems to hybrid electric, Ohio. An HVAC business in Ohio converted their fleet of vans to a hybrid electric drive system and cut their fuel usage by 30%. http://www.businessfleet.com/article/story/2015/04/hybrid-conversion-cuts-fleet-s-fuel-usage-by-30.aspx
- Fleet conversion, Salt Lake City. Since 2009, Salt Lake City has replaced 224 light- and heavy-duty vehicles with clean fuels/hybrid power, which now mark 15% of the fleet. This year, seven all-electric vehicles were also added to the fleet. http://www.slcmayor.com/pressreleases/2015/7/3/city-continues-to-green-its-fleet-with-new-zero-emisisons-electric-vehicles
Improve transit ridership through increased accessibility
Making it more convenient for Provo residents to access public transit will result in a decrease of private vehicular use and the associated emissions which pollute our air.
Tool: Prioritize bicycle and pedestrian routes near and around transit stops.
Bicycle and pedestrian routes near transit stops provide a non-motorized way to move between the transit stop and the final destination. Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure also provides mobility options for community members who may not have a car, or choose not to drive, by allowing them to reach destinations safely and efficiently.
- Los Angeles County Metro plan for improving non-motorized access to transit stops. http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/sustainability/images/path_design_guidelines_draft_november_2013.pdf
Develop a Parks and Recreation Sustainability Plan with an emphasis on air.
The Parks and Recreation Departments have key roles to play in cleaning our air, and they have the best expertise how to make an impact. Consider the roles you might fulfill in cleaning the air and develop a departmental plan for sustainability with an emphasis on air quality. Develop a method for tracking and measuring progress, and for annual review.
[i] From NACTO Street Design Guide. http://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/street-design-elements/sidewalks/
[ii] From Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.