Federal Green Challenge
Who: Peace Corps
Where: Chicago, IL
Background: Within the United States, the Peace Corps has 840 employees, 8 leased facilities, and 19 leased vehicles. Peace Corps’ Chicago office maintains 16 office-based recruiters and 3 GSA leased vehicles. The vehicles are used for recruitment trips averaging 1-4 days. Because Peace Corps domestic operations are moving to more field-based staff, there are opportunities to analyze changes to fleet management through a strategic interagency motor pool, commercial car sharing and alternative transit benefit options.
What will happen in 2013: This initiative, focused in Chicago, plans to create a roadmap to vehicle sharing with other agencies, demonstrate how to coordinate with Regional offices and utilize GSA vehicle lease program, and explore commercial car sharing services through the GSA schedule.
In the next year, the pilot will produce quantifiable results that will provide best practices for other small to medium sized agencies looking for flexible fleet solutions. The pilot aims to demonstrate that interagency partnerships can reduce an organization’s greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to optimal use of financial resources, and positively impact employee satisfaction.