'Green' The Magic Word for
Parks and CUNY Campuses
June 23, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
state and municipal parks and two City University of New York colleges
are participating in an innovative “Green Zones” program sponsored by
the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to improve air quality in clearly
defined areas with electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and electric
outdoor power equipment.
The Utica Parks Department, the White Plains
Recreation and Parks Department, Niagara Reservation State Park,
Bethpage State Park, the Hudson River Parks Trust in Manhattan, Queens
College, and Bronx Community College are the first “Green Zones” to sign
up for the new multiyear program.
All of the participants are working to reduce
fossil-fuel emissions linked to air pollution and global warming.
Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA president and chief
executive officer, said, “The ‘Green Zones’ program will improve air
quality by substituting environmentally cleaner electric-drive vehicles
and electric outdoor power equipment for conventional vehicles and
equipment. This will contribute to efforts under Gov. George E. Pataki
to introduce various advanced energy technologies that not only clean
the air but cut dependence on foreign oil.”
The Power Authority has budgeted more than $200,000
for this year for subsidizing the Green Zones’ vehicles and equipment.
As examples of the financial support, NYPA will pay
the higher incremental cost, up to $4,000, for hybrid-electric vehicles,
and half the cost of off-road electric vehicles (EVs) and outdoor
electric equipment. It also plans to cover the cost of the
electric-vehicle charging stations.
The Power Authority will work with each participant
to identify the gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles and equipment to be
replaced and will calculate the resulting emissions reductions and fuel
savings. The participants will provide NYPA with data on the performance
of the new vehicles and equipment twice a year.
The seven parties that have committed to Green
Zones will be acquiring the following:
Utica Parks Department: two GEM
(Global Electric Motor) neighborhood electric vehicles, manufactured by
DaimlerChrysler, and one Electruck.
The City of White Plains: Two hybrid
vehicles and one electric work vehicle.
Niagara State Park: two Cart-Rite
utility vehicles, one Taylor Dunn Electruck and five John Deere E-Gators. All are off-road electric work vehicles.
Bethpage State Park: 15 Toro off-road EVs.
Hudson River Parks Trust: six Toro
Workman (an off-road electric utility vehicle) and one
Bronx Community College: one Electruck, two GEMs and an electric lawn
Queens College: three GEMs, one Toro Workman, and one Electruck.
In the last decade, the Power Authority has helped
put a total of 750 electric and hybrid-electric vehicles in service, for
its own fleet and those of its public customers and other entities.
Collectively, the vehicles, which range from three-wheel parking
enforcement vehicles to full-size transit buses, have traveled more than
four million miles.
Governor Pataki has directed that half of all
non-emergency, light-duty vehicles acquired by state agencies and other
affected entities be alternative fueled by 2005. His Executive Order
increases the amount to 100 percent by 2010.