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Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief
Sustainability goes beyond building operations and construction projects, which the City of Fort Worth recognized with the establishment last year of a Sustainability Task Force, says Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief (snapped here at a library opening in November). The City added some solar power and set climate control standards for its buildings to help reduce energy consumption,emissions and costs, the mayor said. Now, the City has received$260k from the Regional Transportation Council to convert four heavy-duty and six light-duty trucks to propane and upgrade the propane infrastructure at three locations. The RTC awarded $1.2M to various governmental entities as part of the Clean Fleets North Texas: Recovery Act Project.
DFW Airport fueling station
DFW Airport will receive $784k in grant funding to convert 37 DFW Airport shuttle buses to compressed natural gas and $16k for two CNG sweepers. Other projects getting funding include: TarrantCounty with $32k for eight vehicles; McKinney with $39k for three vehicles; Garland with $53k for two vehicles and one infrastructure site; and Euless with $56k for an infrastructure site. The RTC still has more than $985k in ARRA funds to distribute to local governments seeking cleaner fleets and the NCTCOG has opened another call for projects. Efforts to reduce petroleum use and improve the region’s air quality are important because the nine-county Dallas-Fort Worth area is in non-attainment for the pollutant ozone. That’s nothing to sneeze at. But if you do, it's probably allergies, not air quality.