'Green' Magic Word for Bronx
June 24, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK–Bronx Community College (BCC) and its
newly funded Center for Sustainable Energy will be among the initial
participants in a “Green Zones” demonstration program by the New York
Power Authority (NYPA) to encourage the use of electric vehicles (EVs)
and other emerging technologies for cleaner air.
“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,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA president and chief executive
officer. “We’re looking forward to working with Bronx Community College
and the other program participants as we forge ahead in our statewide
efforts to introduce new clean technologies that also reduce foreign oil
BCC will receive three utility vehicles—a
Taylor-Dunn Electruck and two GEM (Global Electric Motor) neighborhood
electric vehicles—and one electric ox mower, for lawn-care maintenance
at the 43-acre campus.
“Electric vehicles make a lot of sense for clearly
defined areas like college campuses, where vehicles are used for short
distances and are restricted to low speeds,” said Carolyn Williams, BCC
president. “They’re a practical, economic solution for improving air
quality, and we’re looking forward to working with the Power Authority
to demonstrate them and other electric power equipment.”
Every six months, Bronx Community College and the
other participants will provide NYPA with recorded mileage and other
performance data for the new purchases.
Under the multiyear Green Zones program, NYPA will
help finance and obtain electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and
outdoor equipment to replace standard vehicles and equipment at areas
such as college campuses and parks. It has budgeted for 2005 more than
$200,000 for the program.
As examples of its funding, NYPA will pay the
higher incremental cost, up to $4,000, for hybrid-electric vehicles, and
for half the cost of off-road electric vehicles and electric power
equipment like lawn mowers. (Gasoline-powered lawn equipment is a
potent—and often unregulated—source of pollution.) The Power Authority
will also cover the cost of the electric-vehicle charging stations.
The other parties that are participants in Green
Zones are the Hudson River Park Trust, Queens College, Bethpage State
Park, the Niagara Reservation State Park, the Utica Department of Parks
and Recreation, and the White Plains Recreation and Parks Department.
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 electricity 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.
Gov. George E. 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.