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Fraser Council awards first B.C. rating for fleet excellence

LANGLEY, B.C. -- The Fraser Basin Council has awarded the Township of Langley a "silver rating" under its E3 Green ...

LANGLEY, B.C. — The Fraser Basin Council has awarded the Township of Langley a “silver rating” under its E3 Green Fleet Program for excellence in “greening” its vehicle fleets, making it the first municipality in B.C. to be recognized for sustainable fleet management.

The Township of Langley’s key accomplishments in earning a silver rating under the E3 Fleet program include reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 14% between 2006 and 2007, and implementing new environmental practices, which include: training staff and raising awareness for employees about green practices; changing vehicle purchasing, operations and maintenance programs; introducing biodiesel to the fleet; replacing larger vehicles with Smart Cars and hybrids; and installing GPS tracking systems to increase route efficiency.

“The Township of Langley can be proud of its fleets,” said David Marshall, the executive director for the Fraser Basin Council, who presented the award to the Township Council this week to formally recognize the silver rating.

“We are honoured to award a silver rating and to offer the Township our congratulations. This is the first time we’ve granted this rating to a municipality, and it’s a reflection of Langley Township’s leadership in fleet excellence.”

Being named B.C.’s first Green Rated Fleet is not just an honour, it is proof that the Township is on the right track, as it continues to reduce it carbon footprint and provide a better quality of life for its residents, said Mayor Kurt Alberts. “Langley Township’s sustainability charter will guide the Township of Langley towards an environmentally, economically, and socially balanced future, and E3 is an excellent program to help us reach those goals.”

E3 Fleet is a Canada-wide program established by the Fraser Basin Council, that assists public and private sector fleet vehicle operators meet green standards for performance. The E3 Program, launched in 2006, recognizes achievements in green fleet management and performance through a rating system, the first of its kind for North American fleets. Fleets are awarded an overall rating of bronze, silver, gold or platinum, based on several criteria, including: their fleet action plan, training and awareness, fuel data management fuel efficiency, and greenhouse gas performance.

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