In order to qualify for the program a fleet must:

  1. Be a stakeholder in at least one of the following Clean Cities coalitions; Maine Clean Communities, Granite State Clean Cities, Ocean State Clean Cities, Massachusetts Clean Cities and Vermont Clean Cities.NorthernStarsLogo_wConn-01
  2. Provide petroleum reduction information from their fleet for at least one Clean Cities Coalition’s Annual Report survey. This survey is collected yearly by each Clean Cities Coalition to document the petroleum reduction activities by fleets in their area.
  3. Utilize an alternative fuel in at least 30% of their fleet’s vehicles.
  4. 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 Northern New England.” To be labeled a “Rising Star of Northern New England” 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.

The “Northern Stars of New England’s” 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.

  1. Support of Clean Cities and 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.

  1. Vehicle Purchasing

The “Northern Stars of New England” Program requires that 30% of a fleet’s vehicles utilize an alternative fuel. This means that at least 30% of the fleet’s vehicles use either

  1. Biodiesel (a minimum blend of B20 should be used in at least 30% of the fleet each year)
  2. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  3. Ethanol
  4. Hydrogen
  5. Plug-In Hybrid Electric or Battery Electric
  6. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane)

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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 of alternative fueling stations you have built. These categories include:

  1. Biodiesel (B20 or Higher)
  2. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  3. Ethanol
  4. Hydrogen
  5. Electric
  6. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane)
  7. 5 additional points will be given if the fueling stations are  open to the public
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