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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Seeks Nominations for the Katry Martin Award

    Awards Ceremony to be held November 5, 2020, at the LCF 20th Anniversary Gala and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Every two years, LCF honors one person whose kindness, positive attitude, and passion for alternative fuels sets them apart from their peers. The award's namesake, Katry Martin, served as the Executive Director of St. Landry Parish Solid Waste. Under his leadership, St Landry Parish was the first landfill in Louisiana to successfully commission, operate and monetize Environmental Attributes. While many others talked about the merits of carbon offsets, St. Landry Parish planned and executed. Additionally, St. Landry Parish was one of the first to build, own and operate a Renewable Natural Gas (CNG) Project at the landfill. This project is the template for smaller RNG (CNG) Projects on a global basis. Katry was revered for being a visionary who was also able to take his ideas and put them into practice.

    LCF awarded Katry and St. Landry with the Innovative Project award at our 15th Anniversary Celebration in 2015, something that he was extremely proud of. Anyone who met him knew him to be a kind, humble, and passionate man who was responsible for dreaming up and making St. Landry's groundbreaking RNG facility a reality. Katry passed away on October 10, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. The Katry Martin Award serves as a chance for LCF to honor his legacy and recognize his contributions to alternative fuels.

    Winner of the First-Ever Katry Martin Award in 2018:  Faltery "F.J." Jolivette

    Anyone who has ever met F.J. will understand why he was selected to honor his former boss as the first-ever winner of the Katry Martin Award. His kindness, humility, and passion for his job set him apart from his peers and endear him to everyone he meets. As the operator of St. Landry Parish Solid Waste's landfill gas to renewable natural gas facility, F.J. has been an integral part of the renewable natural gas industry for many years. His incredible work at St. Landry has been recognized across the nation and internationally – he once gave a presentation in Africa on the use of landfill gas as a vehicle fuel! His industry leadership has kept St. Landry's project thriving since 2012, and he truly exemplifies the qualities that were so well-loved in Katry Martin.

     

    LCF is asking for nominations of one individual in Louisiana whose character and contribution to Clean Cities, alternative fuels, petroleum and/or emissions reduction honors the legacy and spirit of Katry Martin.

    Nominations for the 2020 Katry Martin Award are due Friday, September 4, 2020.

    submit a nomination

    Note: Louisiana Clean Fuels staff are not eligible for this award.


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    2020 Enrollment for LCF’s Green Fleets Program is now open!

    Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) has opened the 2020 enrollment period for our Green Fleets Certification program! The LCF Green Fleets Program is designed to recognize fleets for their progress towards their emission reduction goals as well as to assist fleets in deploying solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of vehicle operations.

    What is Green Fleets Certification?

    Through Green Fleets, Louisiana Clean Fuels conducts emissions analysis and quantification of on-road vehicles for fleets throughout the state of Louisiana. Fleets can also promote their Certified Green Fleets status, showing their commitment to reducing emissions. Once certified, your organization will receive a report detailing your emissions reductions and scoring under the program along with permission to use the Green Fleets certification seal for your certification level on any and all of your organization’s publications for one year.

    Benefits of being an LCF Certified Green Fleet

    • Educational opportunities with workshops, training, and more.
    • Recognition and certification for environmental fleet leaders.
    • Branding and promotional tools for fleet achievement.
    • Informational resources on technology options and available incentives.
    • Connections with vendors offering advanced fuel and vehicle technologies, equipment, conversion systems, and more.
    • Funding assistance with grant opportunities; better data makes a better application. 

    Past Participants

    Examples of past participants include Republic Services, SporTran, the City of Lake Charles, Corporate Green, and UPS. all of which achieved certification through the Louisiana Clean Fuels Green Fleets Program. It takes significant effort to achieve any certification level, and Louisiana Clean Fuels is proud to offer recognition to fleets dedicated to reducing emissions. 

    The City of Lake Charles

    The City of Lake Charles achieved a 1-star certification through the Greet Fleets Program for the Lake Charles Public Works Transit Division in 2019. Lake Charles operates propane para-transit buses in their fleet.

    Republic Services

    Across the country, refuse companies are great examples of successful natural gas programs. Republic Services - also recognized as LCF’s 2019 Clean Fuel Champion at the Clean Fuel Leader Awards - achieved a 5-star certification through the 2019 Green Fleets Program. Republic Services utilizes compressed natural gas (CNG) in LCF’s territory to fuel their refuse trucks. Additionally, Republic Services reduces their emissions and fuel usage through other methods, including idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and fuel economy improvements.

    SporTran

    Shreveport’s transit company, SporTran, achieved a 5-star certification through the Green Fleets Program in 2019. SporTran’s bus fleet runs on 100% alternative fuels and consists of 33 CNG-powered buses and 5 electric buses.

    How to Enroll

    Enrolling in our Green Fleets program is simple and free.

    1. Fill out this short form or email LCF’s Co-Coordinator Tyler Herrmann at [email protected] to express your interest in the program.
    2. We will work with you to collect your relevant fleet data, such as vehicle types, model years, number of vehicles, fuel used, and fuel types.
    3. LCF will provide your fleet with a report that you can use as a benchmark for future fuel consumption and emission reduction programs. We will work with you to track your progress over time and provide guidance to help your fleet achieve emissions-reduction goals.

    With just a few extra steps, fleets who participated in our 2019 Annual Report can enroll in Green Fleets. The Annual Report survey asks users to indicate whether or not they’d like the data they’ve provided in the survey to be used to enroll them in the Green Fleets program. Most of the information needed for Green Fleets enrollment is already being provided for the Annual Report, so we can use that information to start the enrollment for the Green Fleets program if a fleet is interested. Then we will contact that fleet for further informational requirements at a later date.

    Learn more about the LCF Green Fleets Program and enrollment requirements on our Green Fleets Certification Program page.


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