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Pictured from left to right: Judith Judson (Commissioner, DOER), Alex Giannantonio (Director of Fleet Policy and Administration, OSD), Cheryl Cushman (Deputy Fleet Administrator, OSD), Karen Rasnick (Lease Administrator, OSD), Eric Friedman (Director,  Leading by Example Program, DOER), and Jillian DiMedio (Assistant Director, Leading by Example Program, DOER)

Pictured from left to right: Judith Judson (Commissioner, DOER), Alex Giannantonio (Director of Fleet Policy and Administration, OSD), Cheryl Cushman (Deputy Fleet Administrator, OSD), Karen Rasnick (Lease Administrator, OSD), Eric Friedman (Director, Leading by Example Program, DOER), and Jillian DiMedio (Assistant Director, Leading by Example Program, DOER)

On November 30, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognized three OSD staff members for their outstanding energy and environmental efforts at the 2017 Leading by Example (LBE) awards ceremony. Alex Giannantonio (Director of Fleet Policy and Administration), Cheryl Cushman (Deputy Fleet Administrator), and Karen Rasnick (Lease Administrator) of OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) were award winners in the State Individual category, acknowledged for championing fuel efficiency and fuel cost savings across the Executive Branch vehicle fleet to implement the Commonwealth’s Fuel Efficiency Standard (FES).

Nominated by Julia Wolfe, OSD’s Director of Environmental Purchasing, the award winners were recognized for their collaborative efforts engaging Agency partners in an extensive feedback process. As Julia noted in her recommendation, “OVM was an integral part of the development of the FES, assisting in outreach to fleet managers to identify issues and craft a standard that would reduce fuel usage yet be flexible. OVM has become a trusted partner by identifying solutions that would work and not disrupt operations – whether that is identifying new vehicles, making small changes, or using certain add-ons. This important step now integrates fuel efficiency into the decision making process for all Executive Branch vehicle purchases.”

Because of OVM’s hard work and collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources  (DOER), the FES has resulted in:

  • Nine of 13 agencies ordering vehicles for FY17 were in compliance with both requirements of the FES;
  • The first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) ordered in the Executive Branch State Fleet (DCAMM); and
  • 18 new vehicles and 7 existing vehicles (25 total) underwent or will undergo a hybrid conversion with Statewide Contract VEH102 vendor XL Hybrids.

In addition, OVM’s collaboration with Agencies to make changes to their original vehicle acquisition requests for compliance with the FES resulted in:

  • $50,000 in upfront cost savings;
  • An 11% increase in the average miles-per-gallon (MPG) of vehicle acquisitions;
  • An estimated $21,000 in annual fuel cost savings; and
  • A savings of approximately 9,000 gallons of gasoline per year.

We are so proud of the work that Alex, Cheryl, and Karen have done on behalf of the Office of Vehicle Management. Congratulations to all of the LBE award winners!

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