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Purchasing for Climate Protection Webinar, featuring Carbonfund.org Now Available
RPN Members now have access to the webinar slides and recording, which featured useful strategies on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions through purchasing. More More
Nation's First Car-Sharing Service Continues to Grow in Portland
The City of Portland pursues a low-car diet for the general public through initiatives to expand Zipcar service. More More
AT&T California Cuts Fleet Emissions by Over 300 Metric Tons
105 alternative-fuel vehicles and other energy savings measures helped AT&T make big emission cuts in 2008. More More
Cities Use Hybrid Police Vehicles to Keep Both Streets and Skies Safe
New York City, Indianapolis and London are among cities adding hybrid vehicles to their police fleets. More More
Snohomish County Plans to Fuel Cars With Canola
RPN member, Snohomish County, is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to "homebrew" its own fuel, by drying, storing, and crushing canola seed to produce biodiesel. More More
Louisville to Use Stimulus Funds to Buy Hybrid Buses
Louisville's Transit Authority of River City (TARC) plans to use funds from the federal stimulus package to make its bus fleet greener while creating jobs. More More
AT&T Calls Up Alternative Transportation Vehicles
By 2019, AT&T is planning to add 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles to its corporate fleet. The company intends to invest $565 million toward this goal. More More
Use Green Purchasing Guidelines from EPA and California
Our Responsible Purchasing Guides have been updated to include descriptions and downloads of the EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) and California's State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC). More More
Enterprise Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Its Fleet
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding about 5,000 hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating almost 80 rental locations across the country as "hybrid branches." More More
Northeastern States Develop Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Eleven Northeastern states are developing a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard to reduce the carbon concentration in fuels. More More
Join RPN at EcoBuild
Visit our booth at EcoBuild Fall 2008 in Washington, DC. RPN members receive free exhibit hall passes and discount conference registration. More More
California Clips Off Lead Wheel Weights
Success! Having published the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Wheel Weights earlier this year, we are very excited to announce that California now plans to phase out lead-wheel weights by the end of 2009, in favor of environmentally preferable alternatives made from steel or zinc alloy. More More
Minnesota Gets the Lead Out of Wheel Weights
Both state and local governments in Minnesota are phasing out lead in wheel weights, switching to environmentally preferable alternatives. More More
Third Generation Prius to Include Solar Panels
Toyota plans to install solar panels on the roof of the third generation Prius cars early next year to power the cars' air conditioning units. More More
HEV Calculator Updated with 2008 Model Year Vehicles
The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Calculator is now updated with 2008 model year vehicles and new emissions factors. Use it to compare operating costs and emissions of hybrid and conventional vehicles. More More
NYC's New Hybrid Buses Saving Money
New York City’s newer hybrid buses are cheaper to operate, costing 40 percent less to maintain and 24 percent less to operate than previous hybrids. More More
RPN Members Boost Hybrid Fleets
NYC and Seattle/King County are adding hybrids vehicles and using plug-in technology to boost their hybrid fleets. More More
Toyota to Have HEVs in Every Series
Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe announced that the company plans to offer a hybrid model in every vehicle series and continue its development of PHEVs and cellulosic ethanol. More More
RPN Product Listings Get Significant Updates
RPN is happy to announce we have made considerable updates to the product listings for several Responsible Purchasing Guides. These changes include new search criteria, updated listings, expanded EPEAT and Energy Star information, and for the Fleet Guide; More More
SEPTA to Buy 400 Hybrid Busses
The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board approved the purchase of 400 new diesel-electric hybrid buses. Adding the new buses will make SEPTA one of the largest public transit hybrid bus fleets in the country. More More
RPN Members to Test PHEVs
RPN members, the City of Seattle, King County, and other local Washington agencies will participate in a yearlong demonstration project testing the performance of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in an urban area. More More
Green Fleet Policy Released by San Jose
The City of San Jose, CA, an RPN Member and the 10th largest city in the U.S., has just released an ambitious new policy for greening its vehicle fleet. The policy cover More More
Webcast: Climate Neutral Fleet
On August 21, RPN hosted a national webcast on greenhouse gas management by fleets. Presentations covered ways in which fuel economy, fleet management, and procurement can reduce emissions, improve energy security, and save money. More More
Ford and U-Haul to Test New Vehicle Paint
Ford and U-Haul are putting on the road the industry's first fleet of vehicles painted with Ford's environmentally responsible new technology, which reduces greenhouse gases by 15 percent and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by about 10 perc More More
New Report Finds Benefits from Plug-in Hybrids
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released a comprehensive report on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). More More
Cities Reducing Greenhouse Gases
The U.S. Conference of Mayors just released a survey highlighting proactive steps U.S. mayors are taking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 130 cities surveyed are pursuing a multitude of actions aimed at conserving energy, using energy more ef More More
Las Vegas Reduces Fleet Emissions with Fuel Additive
The City of Las Vegas, Nevada has reduced NOx emissions from its diesel-powered fleet vehicles by eighteen percent through continued use of an advanced fuel additive. More More
Portland Releases Purchasing Case Studies
The City of Portland, Oregon, a member of RPN and longtime environmental leader, released case studies that demonstrate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of responsible purchasing. More More
NYC Taxi Fleet Fully Hybrid by 2012
Mayor Bloomberg announced new emissions and mileage standards for yellow taxicabs that will lead to a fully hybrid fleet by 2012. More More
King County Expands Fleet of Hybrid Buses
Building on its leadership, King County, Washington announced a new contract for the purchase of up to 500 new articulated hybrid buses. More More
Air Quality Impacts of Ethanol Debated
A recent study published by an atmospheric scientist at Stanford University used a sophisticated computer model to predict the air quality impacts of ethanol-fueled vehicles. The Stanford study concluded that ethanol poses a significant public health thre More More
University of California System adopts Sustainable Practices Policy
On March 22, 2007, the President of the University of California System issued an updated policy on sustainable practices and purchasing. The new policy covers Building Renovations, Climate Protection Practices, Sustainable Operations, Recycling and Waste More More
Roche Expands Hybrid-Car Fleet to 242
Roche announced today that the number of hybrid vehicles in its pharmaceutical sales fleet has expanded to a total of 242 vehicles as of the end of 2006. More More
Truck Manufacturers Unite with Energy Department to Improve Fuel Efficiency
America could save nearly one billion gallons of fuel annually by adopting new aerodynamic technologies on tractor- trailer trucks, according to a two-year collaborative study conducted by four members of the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) and the More More