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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Fleets/Personal Vehicles


When looking to purchase new vehicles and/or expand or update your fleet, there are many options out there.  Reducing vehicle emissions and increasing your fuel economy helps the environment and your wallet. This webpage provides some resources to help you choose a safer and greener option.

Sustainability Considerations

  • Tailpipe emissions
    • In 2018, 28% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were from transportation. 
    • A major contributorExit to individual carbon footprints are the cars/vehicles we drive.
    • Tailpipe emissions also impact air quality and public health.
    • Electric vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions. Plug-in electric hybrids only produce tailpipe emissions when gasoline is being used as a fuel source. While charging the battery of a plug-in electric vehicle may increase pollution at the power plant, total emissions associated with driving these vehicles are still typically less than those for gasoline cars—particularly if the electricity is generated from renewable energy sources like wind. Estimate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with charging and driving an electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle where you live.
  • Manufacturing impacts
    • Do you really need the new car/vehicle?  Consider alternative ways you could meet your transport needs, including via car sharing services, vehicle or bike rental, public transport, biking, etc.
    • Determine your vehicle function and size requirements.  Would a smaller vehicle meet your needs?
    • Explore used cars/vehicles. 
  • How you drive and how well you maintain your car, van, or light truck will also reduce environmental impacts of your vehicle use. Reduce the emissions from your car/vehicle by minimizing your idling while driving.

Additional Resources