Sustainable Food Trade Association
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The mission of the Green Fleet Working Group is two pronged.
First, the working group will provide a venue for conversation, information sharing, and transparency so we are not all trying to do the same research and reinvent the same wheel.
Second, the working group will act as a tool to utilize our collective purchasing power to make our visions and our intentions well known to the truck manufacturers that are abandoning research and development of hybrid technologies or the fuel companies investing in unsustainably sourced natural gas and biofuels made from unsustainable palm oil or GMO corn and soy oils.

Together we can provide each other with ongoing support in our quests to find sustainable solutions to efficient and low-emission transport of goods.

Upcoming Activities:
Proposed Webinars:
1. Alternative Fuel: Learning objectives: 1) What alternative fuels exist what types are there (ensure biodiesel vs. renewable diesel vs. biogas is addressed) 2) What infrastructure exists to make sure you have access to these fuels? 3) What examples of bold legislative action exist around infrastructure efforts? 4) Case studies/lessons learned from bio fuel early adopters.
2. How to Green Your Fleet?: Key questions/learning objectives are: 1) lease or own your fleet? 2) Lessons learned with alternative fuels 3) Driver training and engagement (Roadnet, PeopleNet softwares, idle times, speed and shifting optimization, etc.)
3. Working with your Distributors: Focus on both inbound and outbound; webinar addresses 1) what information (environmental data, people practices, mission etc) you may consider gathering from distributors, and 2) how to go about getting that information and aligning on any improvements in those areas. Specific topics can include: a) GHG emissions data, b) declarations, c) policies, d) fuel information, e) measuring GHG emissions from LTL pallets.

White Paper:
Climate solutions- alternative fuels white paper collaboration

Case Studies:
1. Driver training and Electronic OnBoard Recorders (EOBR) pairing effectiveness. Written by GloryBee about their fleet (and/or other similar SFTA members’ efforts).
2. How to proliferate use of bio-fuels: Organically Grown Co. efforts & Organic Valley fuel station and no-till experiments.

Conveners:
Katherine Vining, Director of Human Resources, Sustainability & Vendor Compliance, Earl’s Organic Produce
Kimberlee Chambers, Sustainability Manager, Organically Grown Company
Lisa Spicka, Associate Director, SFTA

For more information on how you can participate, please contact us.