The Department of Health’s Air Management Services (AMS) division measures and reports on Philadelphia’s air quality and promotes cleaner air in the city. Following the 2009 launch of the Idle Free Philly campaign, AMS investigated almost four hundred idling complaints in 2010, issuing violations to offenders of the City’s anti-idling ordinance. AMS also continued to coordinate with the Office of Fleet Management to retrofit the City’s diesel vehicle fleet with cleaner burning engines, performing over 1,800 retrofits since 2009.
In another effort to reduce air pollution from vehicles, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) won a $140,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations. Eighteen of the chargers, which the City will install in surface lots and garages, will serve PhillyCarShare electric vehicles, available for any of PhillyCarShare’s 12,000 plus members to drive. The remaining two chargers will be open to the public for use by electric vehicle owners.
To further prepare for the arrival of second generation electric vehicles, MOS also received a grant from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network to fund the Northeast Regional Electric Vehicle Partnership (NREV), a collaboration with New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. Along with partner cities, MOS examined the permitting process for home electric vehicle charger installations and educated parking garage owners about electric vehicle infrastructure. The NREV partners have also drafted content for a website that will launch in 2011 to educate residents of the Northeast region about electric vehicles.