NAFA to Recognize Those Who Are Going Green

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NAFA Fleet Management Association announces The Green Fleet Awards - an honor for those who have implemented or pioneered innovative and creative programs to help with their company's overall "going green" initiative.

In the words of Kermit the Frog, "it's not easy being green." NAFA realizes that although it may not be easy, it's necessary in today's eco-conscious world. Continuing with their own initiative to go green, NAFA has established a new annual award, the Green Fleet Awards. Inspirational and cutting-edge, this Award will recognize outstanding achievement to reduce energy consumption, vehicle emissions and increase overall fleet efficiency.

The Green Fleet Awards, the first-ever for NAFA, will honor individuals who have implemented pioneering, innovative and creative programs to help with their company's overall "going green" initiative. While many companies are introducing eco-friendly programs, fuels and vehicles into their fleets, this new Award couldn't have come at a better time.

"This is a crucial turning point in the fleet world," said Doug Weichman, CAFM, Director, Fleet Management Division, Palm Beach County. "This obligation to our environment, combined with government legislation such as EPACT 2005, is making fleet professionals implement more creative and exciting programs to increase fleet efficacy while reducing energy consumption and vehicle emissions."

The Award will be presented to a fleet manager and his/her employer who exemplifies the best of going green. Two awards will be presented; one for a car/light truck fleet and one for a truck/equipment fleet. The Green Fleet Awards differ in other NAFA Awards because not only can you nominate yourself, but you can nominate other individuals as well. This year's winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of six judges representing the fleet industry. These judges will include representatives from the OEMs; fleet service providers; automotive publishers; and car, truck and equipment fleet managers.

The criteria for judging will be based on several things including: originality and innovativeness; success of the program and overall fleet efficiency; and accomplishment of reducing energy consumption. Judges will be looking for fleet managers who best epitomize the green concept in a creative way.

The Award winners will be notified and invited to receive their awards at NAFA's 2008 Institute & Expo in Salt Lake City on May 5, 2008. The winners will be honored and presented their awards in the Green Zone, a section of the Expo that showcases green products and services to attendees.

"NAFA realizes the importance of going green and how crucial the concept is to our Members and Affiliates," said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, NAFA's Executive Director. "We also recognize that it's not easy to do so and feel the need to distinguish those who are determined the go that extra mile."

For more information and entry form, please visit http://www.nafa.org/greenfleetawards or call NAFA headquarters at 609.720.0882.

NAFA Fleet Management Association, formerly known as the National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA), is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of Members who manage fleets of automobiles, vans, medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, and a range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada. NAFA Members are responsible for the yearly specification, acquisition, maintenance and disposal of more than 3.5 million vehicles. NAFA Affiliates include automotive OEMs, fleet management service companies, suppliers, and others involved in automotive industry.

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