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May 15, 2006
Hamilton, Toronto and Fleet Challenge Ontario offer a learning experience for fleet managers across the province
Today, the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, and Fleet Challenge Ontario hosted the inaugural Green Fleet Expo at Exhibition Place.

The Green Fleet Expo was organized to give fleet managers an opportunity to learn about new and emerging green technology, network with peers, and learn about others’ experiences with incorporating environmentally-friendly technologies and practices into their management of vehicles and other motor-driven equipment.

“Events like this are important to share experiences and knowledge among peers,” said Gerry Pietschmann, Director of Fleet Services, City of Toronto. “Green fleet technology has many misconceptions, so it’s great to hear from the users about their experiences and what they think about different types of technologies.”

The Cities of Toronto and Hamilton have taken a lead in transitioning their fleets to greener alternatives. Both cities have developed and are in the process of implementing green fleet plans. These plans focus on replacing fossil fuel burning vehicles with environmentally-friendly alternatives.

“Global warming is an undisputable fact and extreme weather is the outcome that we all face,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher. “Greener fuels can help combat these challenges. Fuels like biodiesel and ethanol-enriched gasoline, along with hybrid-electric vehicles and other technologies and efficiencies can be integrated into a fleet to reduce emissions.”

On display at the Green Fleet Expo were various green fleet technologies being applied to vehicles and equipment across the province. Fleet managers and other officials had the opportunity to test drive green vehicles and learn about the technology, including hybrid, biodiesel and natural gas.

“The idea behind this event was to show our fellow fleet managers what we have achieved, and sell them on green technology,” said Chris Hill, Manager Central Fleet, City of Hamilton. “We would like more organizations in Ontario, if not Canada, to adopt a green fleet approach.”

Participants were able to test-drive vehicles as well as listen to a variety of guest speakers. Seminars included a joint presentation by the City of Hamilton and the City of Toronto on creating and implementing a green fleet plan, as well as an information seminar on biodiesel.

The event was attended by close to 100 participants. They included fleet managers from municipalities across the province, including Windsor, Thunder Bay, Mississauga and Waterloo. Representatives from The Ministry of Transportation, CFB Borden and non-government organizations were also in attendance.

“If all levels of government and corporations truly work together to adopt new and emerging green technologies, we will not only bring costs down but set examples for others to follow,” Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Joe Pantalone told the participants. “I hope to see more co-operative events like this in the future.”

Media contact:

Drew Shintani
Business Analyst



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