The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City, highlighting the theme, “Sustainable Biodiesel: Improving the Environment and Economy.” The annual tour is designed to educate interested congressional staff about New York City’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals.
The tour kicked off with a visit to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation headquarters, the Arsenal, in Central Park. Jonathan Ells, director of fleet sustainability within the citywide administrative services department, discussed how he is implementing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Clean Fleet Plan. The mayor’s plan is designed to reduce emissions from the municipal fleet 50 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2035. The city’s parks department has a 2,228-vehicle fleet ranging from garbage trucks to lawn mowers that currently runs on B20.