The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) recently announced that the 2005 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership will be given to the FedEx-Environmental Defense Future Vehicle Project.
Presented biannually to celebrate an outstanding partnership project that enhances environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches, the award will be presented to the recipients at KSG this spring.
This year’s award winner, the Future Vehicle Project – a collaboration of Environmental Defense, FedEx Express, and the Eaton Corp. – has introduced a hybrid delivery truck that increases fuel efficiency by more than 50 percent and reduces particulate emissions by 96 percent. With 18 hybrid trucks already on the road, FedEx plans to build on the success of this demonstration and make the hybrid vehicles the standard replacement in its weight class of 30,000 medium-duty trucks.
“This unique project demonstrates that hybrid trucks can be a practical, economically viable alternative, and could become the industry standard,” said Henry Lee, director of the School’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP), which coordinates the award.
The hybrid truck partnership was selected from a group of highly qualified nominated projects from around the world that tackled tough environmental problems ranging from deforestation to urban sprawl.