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Trucking Jobs Minneapolis Look to Monroe County for Inspiration Trucking jobs Minneapolis have always been committed to the environment in every sense of the word, now they’re looking to New York for motivation. Melvin Rose, fleet manager for Monroe County in western New York, which surrounds Rochester, is heading the way. The county has 700 vehicles, from compact cars to Class 8 trucks. All run on ethanol-gasoline blends, biodiesel, compressed natural gas or propane, and Rose loves to talk about them. “We’re the real deal,” he says of the county’s alternative fuels program, which has won several “green fleet” awards from national organizations. “We’re not just talking about it, we’re really doing it. Our executive, Maggie Brooks, is all for alternative fuels, to get off foreign oil.” Rose is on the local Clean Cities board of directors. “You have to be in touch with your Clean Cities organization,” he says. “Keep in touch with those people and they’ll navigate you through your resources and how to upfit your vehicles.” Trucking jobs Minneapolis have already begun taking the necessary steps towards the transformation. There are also financial benefits. Most of the fuels cost less than straight petroleum products, and Monroe County has taken advantage of grant money, obtained through the CMAQ (congested mitigated air quality) division of the regional Clean Cities program, to pay for expensive fueling stations. The fleet’s work in alternative fuels goes back more than 25 years. In the 1980s, the county converted vehicles to burn methanol, a fuel that fell out of favor for environmental reasons. In the ‘90s it tried out compressed natural gas, a movie that proved premature. It also tried and abandoned, electric-powered compact pickups. But the CNG is back, and since 2008 the county has also used biodiesel and gasoline-ethanol blends along with propane. None of the county’s 700 vehicles, ranging from compact cars to Class 7 and 8 trucks, use straight gasoline or diesel anymore. Monroe County operates a Green Fuel Station that it shares with the city of Rochester, stocking a variety of blends to make the current stance a shade easier. Rose notes that this is no fair weather fleet, as it gets cold and very snowy in Monroe County, N.Y., and the trucks are subject to corrosion from road salts. Yet propane and the other alternative fuels, and the systems on the trucks continue to work. Scratch a frigid climate as an excuse not to try them. Trucking jobs Minneapolis reiterates the notion of reducing our dependency on foreign oils and trying to implement the safest trucks and emissions possible.
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