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Chicago Suburban Fleets Among 100 Best in Americas

Apr 23, 2020, 11:34 AM
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and Arlington Heights recognized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
BLOOMINGTON, ILL. —Two Chicago-area fleets rank among the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, an annual list of the top public fleets in North and South America. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ranks 28 on the list and Village of Arlington Heights is named honorable mention.
 
Now in its twentieth year, the 100 Best Fleets program encourages performance improvement and innovation among public fleets. Both the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and Arlington Heights are committed to clean air and sustainable operations by fueling fleet vehicles B20 biodiesel, a renewable and cleaner-burning fuel made from soybeans.
 
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, based in Wheaton, is a nationally recognized conservation agency. By using B20 in diesel vehicles, the Forest Preserve District operates efficiently while reducing emissions.
 
Village of Arlington Heights, one of the state’s largest municipalities, operates diesel vehicles and off-road equipment with B20 to reduce tailpipe soot, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emission levels.
 
These fleets are members of the B20 Club, a partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and the American Lung Association (ALA) that recognizes Illinois fleets committed to cleaner air through use of biodiesel blends of B20 and higher.
 
“B20 Club fleets contribute to cleaner, healthier air for citizens in their communities by using B20 to fuel diesel vehicles,” says Bailey Arnold, senior manager of clean air initiatives at ALA. “With the prevalence of asthma and other chronic lung diseases in urban areas, that’s an important benefit for the Chicago suburbs.”
 
To learn more about biodiesel, visit biodieseladvantage.com.
 
Find the list of 100 Best Fleets of 2020 here.
 
The ISA checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues management analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit www.ilsoy.org.

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