NAFA, a nonprofit association for professionals who manage fleets, is developing what it calls a Sustainable Fleet Standard Program. Its aim is to increase efficiency while reducing emissions and fuel use.

Developed in conjunction with CALSTART, NAFA said the program will enable it “to pioneer a movement in the fleet community which emphasizes the economic and environmental benefits and overall importance of sustainability.”

“The importance of sustainable practices becomes more evident each day,” said NAFA president Claude T. Masters, CAFM. “By becoming more energy independent and efficient our members will extend benefits to their bottom line and their customer base.”

NAFA noted that in February, President Obama “lent his voice to a national vehicle sustainability initiative while NAFA was in the process of developing their own” and “this confluence spoke to the prominence of the issue. “

The program will allow member organizations to assess how to enhance their practices in a way that decreases their fuel dependence and emissions, while increasing the efficiency of their vehicles, improving performance and reducing harmful pollutants.

The new Sustainable Fleet Standard Program is being designed for a twofold purpose: To encourage and make it easy for fleets to take the first steps while also setting a strong framework to reward those fleets already taking real action.

The program will be complementary to existing federal programs, but will set a standard by which fleets can assess their progress.

“NAFA’s central role in the fleet industry will help this program create a tipping point for sustainable transportation,” said John Boesel, president & CEO of CALSTART. “We’re working with NAFA to make sure the standard is strong, but easy to use by any fleet, whether just starting out or far down the road on sustainable operations.”

More information will become available as the program approaches implementation.

To ask questions and become involved as a charter member of the program, go to www.NAFASustainable.org