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GSA Drives Green Across the U.S.A.

20 July 1998

GSA Drives Green Across the U.S.A.
           Trip from Washington, DC, to Scottsdale, AZ, Highlights
           GSA's Effort to Purchase More Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    WASHINGTON, July 17 -- To highlight efforts to add more
alternative fuel vehicles to the Federal fleet, employees of the U.S. General
Services Administration (GSA) made a five-day trip across America in a Ford
Crown Victoria that operates entirely on compressed natural gas.  The trip
began at GSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and ended in Scottsdale, AZ, at
the site of the first National Federal Fleet Manager Workshop and Information
Fair, to be held there July 20-23.
    The event in Scottsdale will include technology workshops on different
types of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), a tour of a state-of-the-art AFV
refueling facility, and several other sessions related to the increasingly
environmental approach being taken to fleet management.
    The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) requires the Federal government to
procure large numbers of AFVs in the coming years as a means of fostering
energy security and a cleaner environment.  GSA plays an important role in
facilitating the Federal government's implementation of EPACT through its
government-wide vehicle policy, acquisition, and management functions.
    "GSA has purchased more alternative fuel vehicles from auto manufacturers
than any other organization in this country," said Frank Pugliese,
Commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service.  "In our commitment to EPACT and
the Clinton Administration's aggressive environmental goals, we are continuing
to look for ways to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles and make
them more available to our Federal customers."
    Since 1991, GSA has purchased approximately 20,000 alternative fuel
vehicles for Federal agencies.

    Travel Itinerary for GSA Drives Green Across the U.S.A.

    Employees of GSA drove a car that runs solely on natural gas from
Washington, DC, to Scottsdale, AZ.  They refueled at natural gas stations in
the following cities:

   Monday, July 13

   Washington, DC
   Winchester, VA
   Bridgeport, WV
   Charleston, WV

   Tuesday, July 14

   Charleston, WV
   Lexington, KY
   Nashville, TN
   Memphis, TN
   Wednesday, July 15

   Memphis, TN
   Little Rock, AR
   Fort Smith, AR
   Oklahoma City, OK

   Thursday, July 16

   Oklahoma City, OK
   Clinton, OK
   Amarillo, TX
   Roswell, NM
   Alamogordo, NM

   Friday, July 17

   Alamogordo, NM
   Tucson, AZ
   Scottsdale, AZ