Recognizing Outstanding Stakeholders
Become a Northern Star
We’ve partnered with other Northeast Cities Coalitions including Granite State Clean Cities (NH), Greater Long Island Clean Cities, Ocean State Clean Cities (RI), Main Clean Communities, Massachusetts Clean Cities, Norwich Clean Cities (CT), New Haven Clean Cities (CT), and Vermont Clean Cities to launch a fleet recognition program. This new program is called Northern Stars of the Northeast and we are currently accepting fleet nominations.
In order to qualify for the program a fleet must:
- Be a stakeholder in at least one of the supporting Coalitions.
- Provide petroleum reduction information from their fleet for at least one Clean Cities Coalition’s Annual Report.
- Utilize an alternative fuel or advanced vehicle technology in at least 30% of their fleet’s vehicles.
- Receive a score of 40 or higher from the Northern Stars worksheet.
If a fleet meets all of the requirements of the programs, except #3, they may qualify as a Rising Star of the Northeast. To be labeled a Rising Star of the Northeast a fleet must demonstrate a deep commitment to reducing their petroleum use, even though they have not been able to reach 30% of their fleet utilizing alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
The Northern Stars of the Northeast worksheet is designed to measure a fleet’s commitment to reducing their petroleum use. The worksheet is broken into four categories that are explained below.
- Support of Clean Cities & External Promotion of Alternative Fuels – this category gives the fleet points for supporting your local Clean Cities organization as well as promoting the use of petroleum reducing technologies.
- Vehicle Purchasing – the Northern Stars of the Northeast Program requires that 30% of a fleet’s vehicles utilize an alternative fuel or advanced vehicle technology. This means that at least 30% of the fleet’s vehicles use either biodiesel (B20 minimum), natural gas, ethanol (E85), hydrogen, plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric, or propane.
- Internal Policies that Promote Emission Reduction Technologies – in this category you can receive points for having internal policies that promote petroleum-reducing technologies, such as a formal anti-idling program or a fuel data management system.
- Expanding the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure – this category gives the fleet points for building alternative fueling stations. The fleet will receive five points for each category or alternative fueling stations you have built. These categories include biodiesel (B20 minimum), natural gas, ethanol (E85), hydrogen, electric, or propane. Additional points will be given if the fueling stations are open to the public.
As a Northern Star, a fleet joins a network of public and private organizations working to reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector. The benefits of joining the Northern Stars program include:
- Marketing opportunities through the Northern Stars of the Northeast website.
- Access and support from all of the Northeastern Clean Cities Coalitions.
- The use of Northern Stars logo for your website and public information materials.
- Upon designation, a media blase in all Northeastern Clean Cities’ Newsletters.