Biodiesel Key in Wash. State DOT Sustainable Energy

John Davis

WSDOTIn honor of Earth Week, the Washington State Department of Transportation has outlined some key points in how to have a clean, sustainable supply of energy. And a couple of items from the top of the list of things the department is doing itself include biodiesel:

Some recent WSDOT initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources include:

* Fueling agency fleet vehicles, such as work trucks, dump trucks and snowplows, with up to 20 percent biodiesel
* Changes in ferry-vessel operations, such as reducing speeds along some routes; testing reduced-throttle push turns at the dock during loading; and using five percent biodiesel for all vessels to conserve fuel and reduce emissions

“WSDOT is already considered a national leader in transportation technology and sustainability,” said Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. “I hope to build on this strong reputation by partnering with communities to help us maintain our previous investments and continue building a smart multimodal system for the future.”

WSDOT also says people can do their parts by driving alternative fuel and electric vehicles, among other energy-saving initiatives.

Biodiesel, Government