Looking ahead, EPA is using the success of the SmartWay Transport Partnership to develop new ways to appeal to the freight industry. In 2006, EPA presented the first annual SmartWay Excellence Awards, honoring some of the highest achievers in the partnership. EPA has also developed innovative financing and loan programs to assist small fleets and independent operators. EPA is planning to expand the partnership to include additional freight modes such as rail, marine vessels, ports and drayage fleets.
The SmartWay brand has expanded to other areas of the transportation sector. EPA recently created SmartWay Grow & Go, an initiative that encourages partners to use more biodiesel in their heavy duty fleets and ethanol (E85) in their light-duty vehicles. Con-sumers are recognizing the SmartWay brand as well via EPA's Green Vehicle Guide. The guide, online at www.epa.gov/greenvehicle, ranks light-duty vehicles that are most effi-cient and designates the best as "SmartWay" or "SmartWayElite" certified. EPA plans to continue building the SmartWay brand into the symbol of clean, efficient transportation.
For more information on the SmartWay Transport Partnership, including a list of all the participating companies, visit www.epa.gov/smartway
Aamidor has worked for ICF International since 2004 and specializes in freight transportation and climate change. He has supported the SmartWay Transport Partnership for over two years, currently managing over 25 partners and serving as a lead recruiter of new partners. He is also responsible for collecting and analyzing activity data for the mobile source category of EPA's Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks.
Polovick has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years as part of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, within the Office of Air and Radiation. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, Polovick is the Chief Shipper Coordinator for the SmartWay Transport Partnership. He is part of the EPA team who worked with industry leaders to develop this voluntary Partnership before it was launched three years ago.