Lee County Earns Country's First Platinum
Green Certification for Government Fleet
LEE COUNTY,FL (Jan. 9th, 2012) - Lee County Fleet Management is the first government fleet in the United States to be recognized as a Platinum-certified Green Fleet by the International Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP). The award honors Lee County's heavy equipment fleet for meeting all current governmental requirements for emissions.
Across the country, consumers are demanding green products and services. Fleets are often viewed by the public as leading contributors to greenhouse gas emission. Lee County Fleet Management is demonstrating its commitment to a cleaner America by proactively meeting ever-changing emission regulations.
"When we submitted our application, we hoped for the platinum status", said Fleet Manager Marilyn Rawlings, noting the award categories include bronze, silver and gold. "We knew we were close. We were pleased when AEMP confirmed our status at the highest possible level".
In addition to ensuring that more than 50 percent of the county's diesel equipment over 25 horsepower have higher emission controls, 10 percent of the fleet meets the highest emission standard. Lee County also had a "No Idle" policy that prohibits county diesel equipment - except emergency responders - from idling more than five minutes at a time. Many of the county's heavy trucks are even equipped with automatic shutdowns, which turn off the equipment after five minutes unless ancillary equipment is in use.
To date, only one other fleet - from the private sector - has been recognized as achieving platinum status. For additional information regarding the Green Fleet designation, go to www.aemp.org.
Winner – Fleet Masters’ Award AEMP
Each year, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) , Construction Equipment , and the AEMP Partners for Growth recognize equipment professionals who excel in meeting unique challenges inherent to delivering cost effective, efficient and effective management of mixed fleets of on-road equipment. Fleet Masters are recognized for their practices in the areas of human relations, vendor relations, asset management, maintenance management and technology. The competition is nationwide and open to the entire industry.
Runner-up Fleet Masters’ Award AEMP
Janet Sherman, Parts Manager, received the "Faster Hero" award.
Lee County Fleet Management was recognized by Utility Fleet Management Magazine and Fleet Counselor Services as the #1 Fleet in North America.
May 2003 Marilyn Rawlings, Fleet Division Director was nominated by Automotive Fleet Magazine as a finalist for their "Fleet Manager of the Year."
April 2002 - Present
Lee County Fleet Management earned The Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.
Lee County Fleet Management was recognized as the second most efficient fleet operation in the United States, according to a nationally recognized fleet analyst and an article published in the October issue of Automotive Fleet Magazine.