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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 4:42:34 PM

The following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

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Topics: Driving Green

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:00:04 PM

Are you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

Outsource Fleet Management?

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 22, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Today's business climate is hyper-competitive and companies are under increasing pressure to cut costs and to find new ways to sustain growth. Whether a small business or a major corporation, the companies that are thriving are those that have shed products and business functions that are not a core part of its brand and operation.

Fleet Management is our core business, and we serve companies that must use vehicles to manage day-to-day operations, but they don't want to absorb the high cost of staffing and operating an in-house Fleet Department. The decision to outsource typically occurs for one or all of the following reasons . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

GE Fleet Up For Sale . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 7, 2015 9:33:00 AM

Automotive Fleet reported that General Electric recently annouced plans to sell its Fleet Management business unit by 2018 in a move to shed its non-core businesses. This continues a recent flurry of buy-sell activity among the top four Fleet Management companies in the U.S. Click on the link below to read the full story . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

2015 Milwaukee Auto Show Impressions

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 3, 2015 11:08:00 AM

There is nothing like auto show season, when dealers roll out their best wares to oohs and ahs from the car-buying public. Many attend to get a better look at cars they are thinking about buying in the near future, others come to see exotic automobiles that they would otherwise never get to see up close, and some come just to enjoy a day out with their family around some of the greatest machines man has ever built. Regardless of why you go, there is something special about an auto show.

 

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How important safety features are ending car theft

Posted by Brad Forbush on Aug 15, 2014 10:55:00 AM

 

Reports of car thefts have been plummeting.  In New York City, car theft has dropped 96% from 147,000 reported incidents in 1990, to just 7400 in 2013.  In D.C. car thefts have declined by 50% in the last 8 years alone.  Similar patterns can be seen across the country.  But what caused this sudden decline? 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Green Vehicle Management

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 17, 2014 3:45:00 PM

Green Fleet Best Practices

 One of the most important aspects of vehicle management going forward is ensuring that we minimize our destructive environmental impact as much as possible. Environmental management for fleets typically focuses on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and MPG; and it includes the following:

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Benefits of Leasing versus Purchasing Fleet Vehicles - Part 2

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 2, 2014 12:27:00 PM

In continuing with our series on the benefits of leasing a fleet, we wanted to outline three additional reasons why leasing your fleet can yield significant gains above and beyond purchasing.  Here are the reasons below: 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Benefits of Leasing Versus Purchasing Fleet Vehicles

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jun 26, 2014 2:50:00 PM

 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

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