The Citgo/Fleet Equipment Top Green Shop contest entry deadline is Oct 1. To submit an entry, fleets need to write a 300-word statement outlining the ways in which they have made significant strides toward building an environmentally-friendly maintenance shop.
The panel of judges is looking for multiple examples of ways fleets have reduced and/or recycled waste, complied with government regulations and employed other “green initiatives” that make them a viable candidate for the award. This includes details on recycling and disposing of waste, compliance with EPA regulations and comments on all programs that have lowered the fleets’ carbon footprint.
Here is an example of green initiatives submitted by previous award-winning finalists:
Skylights added to increase vision and for the ability to turn off shop lights
Outside companies hired to remove waste fluids
Waste oil is sold for recycling
Fleet has built its own recycling equipment for fuel filter oil recycling
Incorporated smart chargers for recharging batteries
Incorporated spill control stations in shops
Incorporated 6-Sigma Lean System to expedited tool availability and service procedures
Infrared radiant natural heaters, which better direct heat.
Eight-foot ceiling fans.
Roofing material is Solar Reflectance Index 80.
All HVAC is energy efficient.
Zero use of CFC refrigerants
Infrared sensor faucet
Automatic flush valves, tank-less and point-of-use water heaters
Four-post lifts for PMs.
All trucks and forklifts have Femo Quick disconnects so oil can be pumped from oil an to waste oil tank.
Waste oil, filters and antifreeze picked up by licensed disposal company. All materials recycled.
Go Rags versus shop rags since no cleaning is involved, just proper disposal.
Mounted wheel program, no voids for water/mosquitoes.
Wheel refurbishing program with tire supplier, no spraying of wheels in the shops.
All oil/water separators pumped on a regular schedule by licensed provider.
All parts washers cleaned by licensed provider.
Insulated/electric roll-up doors.
The judges are Technology and Maintenance Council members, all of whom have 15+ years of trucking fleet maintenance experience. They look for applications that reflect significant improvements in the way fleets carry out shop maintenance procedures, as described above, which qualify the fleet as an exceptional “green shop.” To enter, click here, or fill out the form located in issues of Fleet Equipment magazine and fax them to: 330-670-0847. Forms can also be printed out and mailed to: FE Top Green Shop, Babcox Media Inc., 3550 Embassy Parkway, Akron, OH 44333.