Sustainability in Village Fleet

Ongoing Sustainability Initiatives 

A major goal of the Village of Arlington Heights is the reduction of vehicle emissions and improved air quality. The Fleet Services Unit fully supports this initiative and participates in several programs dedicated to achieving this goal. We currently hold memberships in the following:

  • Chicago Area Clean Cities
  • Illinois Green Fleet
  • Illinois Soybean Association B20 Club (in partnership with the American Lung Association)
  • USEPA Pollution Prevention Program

Drive Clean Chicago is an innovative incentive program aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. Given the fluctuation in fuel costs, vehicle emissions and the lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels, Drive Clean Chicago provides important incentives to help Chicago fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment. The Fleet Services Unit used this program to purchase a hybrid aerial truck from Altec Industries. The Altec JEMS (Jobsite Energy Management System) is an integrated plug-in system that uses stored electrical energy to power the aerial device, tools and exportable power, and provides cab comfort. The energy storage system is recharged by plugging into shore power or by the truck’s internal combustion engine. This innovative, patented technology:

  • Reduces fuel consumption
  •  Eliminates idle time at the job site
  • Lessens noise pollution
  • Decreases carbon footprint and tailpipe emissions
  • Minimizes impact on payload
  • Offers reliable performance with automatic stationary recharge
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Complies with anti-idle legislation
  • Is approved by the EPA

The Village recently purchased four Police Interceptor Utility Hybrids. The hope is they will reduce fuel consumption and emissions without impacting operations. They are averaging close to 16 MPG while the non-hybrid squads are on average below 10 MPG, a more than a 60% increase in fuel economy.

The Village also owns an Advance CS7000 LPG-Hybrid sweeper-scrubber for cleaning the parking garages.  For indoor and outdoor operational versatility with unlimited runtime and high efficiency, the CS7000 LPG-Hybrid can save thousands in fuel costs with an operational runtime of up to 5.5 hours per 32 lb. (14.5 kg) LPG tank, up to 45% lower CO2 emissions per square foot*, and much lower operation costs compared to a standard gasoline or diesel-powered machine.

In 2019 the Village of Arlington Heights was recognized as one of the Top 25 Green Fleets by Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine.

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Fleet Sustainability Accomplishments

Fuel Storage

The Fleet Services Unit manages the Village fuel storage and dispensing system located at the L.A. Hanson Center. The system includes three 12,000-gallon underground storage tanks (one diesel and two unleaded gasoline) dispensers, and the “Fuel Master Fuel Key System”. In April 2016, the annual Underground Storage Tank (UST) safety compliance testing required by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall was successfully completed on the Village’s fuel storage and dispensing devices. A major goal of the Village of Arlington Heights is the reduction of vehicle emissions and improved air quality.

The Fleet Services Unit fully supports this initiative and participates in several programs dedicated to achieving this goal. We currently hold memberships in Chicago Area Clean Cities, Illinois Green Fleet, Illinois Soybean Association B20 Club (in partnership with American Lung Assn), and USEPA Pollution Prevention Program.

Pollution Prevention

The Village’s Fleet Unit practices the EPA’s pollution prevention program in our vehicle maintenance and repair garage. The pollution prevention program is the most effective way to solve pollution-related problems that impact costs and the environment. Pollution prevention offers a “win-win” solution because the program protects the environment and saves money. In 2007, the Village’s Fleet Unit initiated programs to reduce emission for Village vehicles, along with a waste oil use program. The following is a summary of those programs:

Biodiesel Fuel
In an effort to reduce harmful emissions, the Public Works Department has been using biodiesel fuel since 2007. Through the use of biodiesel fuel, the Village is making significant progress toward improving air quality by reducing soot, hydrocarbon, and carbon monoxide emission levels.

To read more about the Public Works Department's commitment to reducing harmful emissions, view the Village's profile on the Illinois Soybean Associate site

Diesel Retrofit
In 2007, ten Public Works trucks were retrofitted with diesel particulate exhaust filters. The funding of $17,819 for this project was obtained from a grant from the Clean Air Counts campaign. Diesel exhaust is responsible for more than 20% of the nation’s smog causing nitrogen oxide emissions and 15% of particular matter (soot) emissions.

Hybrid Vehicles
Since 2007, the Village has acquired a total of nine hybrid vehicles. Three vehicles in Public Works, five inspector vehicles, and one vehicle in the Fire Department. It is estimated that the Village will reduce fuel consumption by as much as 3,000 gallons per year for an annual savings of $7,500.

Waste Oil Use
Public Works installed a supplementary waste oil burner in an auxiliary storage building at our Annex facility to assist in heating this building in the winter. All reclaimed waste oil from the Village vehicles is saved throughout the year, and transferred to the waste oil burner for the heating season. This unit burns the waste oil very efficiently with minimal emissions, while reducing the use of natural gas which is used as the primary heating fuel in the building. The amount of waste oil burned can be up to 100 gallons in an eight-hour period.