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Environmental Excellence - Dept. of Vehicle Services

Recognized for its strong environmental steward as an environmentally conscious, forward-looking agency. The nomination highlighted:


Development and continuing expansion of a hybrid-drive vehicle fleet, including the acquisition of a hybrid hydraulic “launch assist” refuse collection truck.

Use of grant funding to retrofit school buses with an emerging technology to achieve substantial reductions in emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

Pursuit of a pilot project to test, on heavy trucks, technologies to reduce engine idling.

Leadership in countywide efforts, and active contributions to state efforts, to prepare for the commercial introduction of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Numerous efforts to reduce the use of resources, release of pollutants and generation of wastes in DVS operations.


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Taken on September 27, 2011