City of Beloit

City of Beloit

Location: Beloit, Wisconsin

About: The City of Beloit serves as the Gateway to Wisconsin. Beloit is a diverse community providing high quality of life for residents and visitors within a dynamic economic environment.  Located near the junction of Interstate I90 and I43, Beloit is strategically located for convenient access to much of the Midwest.  The City’s population is 37,110; however the Greater Beloit area is home to 91,000 residents.  The City of Beloit celebrates its proud heritage, diverse culture, entrepreneurial spirit and stewardship of a high quality life.  The City employs sustainable practices to continue its resurgence as the gem of the Rock River Valley.

The objective of the Fleet Workgroup for the City of Beloit is to establish efficient and cost effective delivery of Fleet services by providing departments with safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sound transportation and related support services.   The Fleet is typical to other Municipal Fleets in that it consists of a variety of Public Works vehicles including buses, dump trucks, solid waste, heavy construction equipment to golf carts, Police vehicles and Fire department vehicles.

WSF is important to the City of Beloit because our Council established  vision and mission statements that promotes the concept of striving to be an eco-municipality, focusing on the sustainable stewardship of City resources, services and infrastructure.  WSF embraces those same concepts and can assist our City with a means to improve and diversify our fleet.

Best Practices:

·         Alternatively powered non-road vehicles- Propane and Electric Cart and Forklifts

·         City Eco-Municipality Initiatives- 42 vehicles with E85 capabilities

·         Sustainable Driving Practices- Diesel vehicles have 10 minute shut off timers, drivers are trained on sustainable driving practices

·         Green purchase policy – purchase of recycled materials

·         Review alternatives when purchasing new vehicles

·         GPS for a small portion of the fleet used as a routing system

·         Route optimization – trash/recycling and snow plow routes

·         Non-motorized locomotion – biking to work

·         Telecommuting

·         Idle-Reduction and Sustainable Driving Training

·         Eco-driving training

Goals:

·         Plans to purchase Diesel, Propane, Ethanol, and Dedicated Electric vehicles over the next 5 years

·         Reduction of fleet emissions

·         Conservation of fuel

·         Aggressive accrual of grants to achieve 1 and 2

Past Projects:

·         Community Block Grant – Converted trucks to Hydrogen

·         E85 Research with the State Energy Office

Fleet Overview:

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