With everyone interested in the cutting their carbon footprint, protecting, preserving or restoring natural environments. Clean air is the number one issue, a natural issue, environmental issue, a climate issue and social justice issue. The air quality is affected by a variety of factors; weather conditions and geography all play a part but we know that we cannot control the weather. What we can control are many of the pollution sources that contributes to the air quality being poor. The Mayor is working to make Philadelphia the Greenest City in America and to ensure our air is clean to breathe.
Sources of pollution in the City and how we can help in reducing them:
- Yard Work
Gas-powered yard maintenance equipment is responsible for more air pollution in the summer than you'd think, contributing about 12% of the ozone that can lead to smog. You can help by using electric or manual mowers, raking instead of using leaf blowers, and even less by reducing the amount of lawn you have to mow.
Cars, trucks, SUVs and boats--they all contribute to air pollution in the City. In fact, over half of the emissions come from these sources. You can help by driving less, choosing more efficient vehicles, using alternative fuels, like biodiesel, and not idling your engine while stopped for prolonged periods of time.
Fleet Management with the City is doing:
- Encourage city employees to reduce driving and / or car pool
- Re-fueling stations could limit their hours to the cool hours of the day (except for public safety vehicles.)
- Anti – idling
- Anti - Idling signs could be posted at key locations to reduce the amount of idling time on the vehicle, OFM procedure at the city fuel sites. Fleet has begun doing this, in order to fuel a vehicle the engine must be turned off before the pumps will turn on.
- One of the best things a city can do to protect and improve the air quality is to encourage smart fuel and vehicle choices in the community – to make their own vehicle fleet a model for environmental best practices.
- Increase average MPG in City fleet
- Develop gasoline usage budgets for departments
- Office of Fleet Management has reduced city fleet by 403 cars in 2009. 70% of Police fleet has been replaced with more fuel efficient vehicles.
- Over 440 City employees enrolled in a car sharing program
, the largest municipal program in the country
- To continue and expand car sharing program
- The City's has purchased light-duty vehicles and plans to purchases more that are hybrid or biodiesel vehicles.
- At least half of all cars purchased by the City each year use alternative fuels or get at least 30 miles per gallon.
- The City diesel fleet now uses a blend of 5% biodiesel and 85% ethanol Unleaded l fuel.
- Though small steps they are a least steps towards a cleaner Philadelphia.