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PORT AUTHORITY’S VEHICULAR FLEET CITED AS THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AMONG PUBLIC AGENCIES IN NORTH AMERICA

Date: Nov 02, 2016
Press Release Number: 212-2016

Agency is #1 on the 2016 “Government Green Fleet Awards” List

The Port Authority's commitment to maintaining an environmentally friendly fleet of vehicles has earned recognition as the “greenest fleet” in North America among public agencies, according to a new survey published by Green Fleet magazine.

The agency, which has been in the top 50 of the “100 Best Fleets in North America™” survey for seven consecutive years, achieved the top spot for the first time this year. The award recognizes the agency’s continuing efforts and successes in operating a fleet that meets high environmental standards.

“For years, the Port Authority has taken strong action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and build clean energy facilities,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “We have an aggressive clean air strategy to help reduce our carbon output, and we will continue to improve our environmental performance.”

The agency’s 2,000 on-road and off-road vehicles using alternative fuels, which make up 85 percent of the entire fleet, eliminates more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the air annually. The Port Authority continually replaces many of its older gasoline-powered cars and trucks with low-emission models, including hybrid, electric, natural gas and clean diesel vehicles as well as SmartWay vehicles certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to its fleet maintenance, the agency’s Central Automotive Division integrates green and efficient practices into daily operations through the use of green cleaning products, oil testing equipment and experimenting with soy as an alternate cleaning lubricant.

The Government Green Fleet Award is open to all federal, state and local government fleets in North America. The rating criteria is based on hundreds of sources of green fleet planning and methodology. Evaluation standards are divided into several key categories -- fleet composition, fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement, and supporting programs.

For more information regarding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability Policy and green fleet, please visit www.panynj.gov.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.