The Village of Patchogue board of trustees recently vowed to replace all outgoing vehicles with environmentally conscious alternatives in what it is calling the “Green Fleet Policy,” a …
The Village of Patchogue board of trustees recently vowed to replace all outgoing vehicles with environmentally conscious alternatives in what it is calling the “Green Fleet Policy,” a Protecting the Environment in Patchogue project it approved earlier this month.
“It commits the Village of Patchogue to drastically change (our) vehicle purchasing practices,” said trustee and PEP chair Joseph Keyes, who wrote and introduced the policy.
The idea, he explained, was to get away from purchasing used fossil fuel vehicles simply because they were the best price. Also, the village’s first electric charging station was installed at Village Hall about a month ago; it has been operational for a few weeks now, already seeing some use.
However, the village does not currently have any electric vehicles, including those for public safety and Department of Public Works. The goal, Keyes said, is to purchase its first electric vehicle in 2020. Then, he hopes, next year (2021) the village will purchase two more, until ultimately all over 45 village-owned vehicles are replaced.
Currently, Keyes explained, the code enforcement and building department vehicles consume about $60,000 worth of fuel per year at about $1.95 per gallon.
“If we can drastically reduce that cost, it’s a savings, in addition to promoting clean air,” he said.
As with the engine idling policy the board last July, just like almost all of the PEP initiatives, the Green Fleet Policy will force the village “to change some of the old, dirty habits we’d been accustomed to — habits such as wasteful fuel consumption and purchasing what on the surface would appear to be a bargain,” Keyes added.
Additionally, PEP’s newest initiative is called “Project CHARGE,” in which village administration will Change Habits to Actively Reduce Gas Emissions.
“The village has made a commitment to the environment, whether it’s with this green policy or our Styrofoam or plastic bag ban,” added Mayor Paul Pontieri, proud of his board. “We are making the village environmentally sustainable.”