Fill it up for the E85 Million-Gallon Challenge!
Since 2005, state agencies have increased the use of E85 in their vehicles nearly nine-fold, from just a few thousand gallons in 2005 to more than 816,000 gallons last year and are close to surpassing 1 million gallons annually for the first time ever.
Through the first three quarters of 2010, agencies bought nearly 725,000 gallons of E85 at many of the 350-plus retailers located throughout the state. How close is the state to eclipsing the million-gallon mark? In the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, E85 purchases were just 60,000 gallons shy of the million-gallon mark.
"With more than 2,500 'flex-fuel' vehicles in the state fleet, replacing a couple of tanks of regular unleaded with E85 could very well nudge the state past 1 million gallons for 2010," according to Tim Morse, chair of the state's SmartFleet Committee and director of Fleet and Surplus Services in the Department of Administration. "One million gallons is within reach, but it will be close," he added.
Toward achieving the million-gallon milestone, agencies that operate leased vehicles from Admin Fleet Services will receive a $1 credit for each gallon of E85 they purchase in November. The credit will be applied automatically to Fleet Services invoices.
State agencies can also help by encouraging the use of E85 in their flex-fuel vehicles and follow the state's progress toward 1 million gallons on Twitter at MnE85, which will also include timely information about E85 and the "Million-Gallon Challenge."
Agencies surpass goal of reducing gasoline use 25%
State agencies that lease vehicles from Admin have surpassed the Governor's goal of reducing gasoline consumption by 25 percent by 2010.
The 19 agencies have cut gasoline use by 41 percent in five years, in part by increasing their use of E85, which now comprises 28.2 percent of all fuel purchases.
Admin leases about 1,200 vehicles to agencies; 89 percent of which are "flex-fuel" and can use E85 or regular unleaded gasoline.
Leading the way in E85 is the Department of Agriculture, where the fuel now accounts for nearly half of all retail purchases. Of the agencies that purchase more than 5,000 gallons of fuel annually, Commerce, Human Services, Health and Employment and Economic Development are using E85 for at least 25 percent of their fuel needs.
Outstanding Lean -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' "Awesome" Admissions Team and Deputy Commissioner Gil Acevedo share a token of recognition for their 2010 Governor’s Lean Productivity and Efficiency Award for their work in dramatically improving the state veterans' homes admissions process. The Wheaties box (General Mills is a partner in the state's improvement program) features a picture of team. The awards were presented Sept. 7 to four teams, an agency and an individual. See all the recipients in the October e-Lean Update.
Did You Know?
Saving energy -- The Minnesota Portfolio of Sustainable Public Building Programs is among the nation's exceptional state energy efficiency programs, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Minnesota's initiative, sponsored by the Departments of Administration and Commerce, provides public building operators with tools to help manage buildings, improve efficiency and monitor results.
Lease rates decline for fifth straight biennium -– Overall lease rates for tenants in facilities under the custodial control of Admin will decrease 1.8 percent overall from FY2011 to FY2013. This is the fifth-straight biennium in which lease rates have declined. Details, including the square-foot cost by building, are available online in Bulletin 10.01.
Low-cost recycling -- General recycling services for customers in buildings managed by Admin are now provided by AccessAbility, a day training and habilitation program, at 75 percent lower cost. AccessAbility also offers confidential document destruction/recycling to all state offices. Agency purchasers can find more information online in Contract Releases S-828(5) and R-685(5).
Safety conference is Oct. 26-27 -- The fourth annual State Safety and Loss Control Conference is set for Oct. 26-27 at Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park. The conference, for safety, risk management and workers’ compensation professionals at state agencies and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, will include more than 20 sessions on topics ranging from managing indoor air quality to "Doctors are from Mars, Claims Reps are from Venus, Employers are from Jupiter and The Injured Worker is in the Waiting Room." Conference details are online and discounts are available for registration by Oct. 13.
New Grants Office director -- Alyssa Haugen is the newly appointed director of the Office of Grants Management. Alyssa first joined the office in September 2009 to lead the Grants Innovation Study and to manage grants funded by the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
New Risk on the Web -- Risk Management Division has a new look on the Internet! The new website, www.admin.state.mn.us/risk/, makes it easy to access information and tools from the division's property and casualty, workers' compensation and safety programs. Visit today!
Prepare for disaster before it happens
After a disaster is never a good time for planning a recovery strategy. That’s why Risk Management Division (RMD) offers advice on recovery strategies that will minimize damage and get organizations operating as quickly as possible. The experts at RMD will help customers understand their insurance– such as what is and is not covered and how to file a claim – and will provide a "cool head" in the event of a disaster. RMD works to ensure damage is contained and repaired by qualified contractors; that adequate measures are taken to preserve documents and salvage equipment; and that replacement equipment and resources are available on a moment’s notice. For a no-cost review of your organization’s insurance coverage, call 651/201-2558.
Planning in advance is helping Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Wadena, recover from a June 2010 tornado that caused extensive damage, including destroying the storage shed pictured at right.
Contact Customer Service
Looking for an Admin service or product? Have a
complaint, compliment or question? We want to hear from you. For customer
service, contact the department at 651/201-2555 or through the Internet at
www.admin.state.mn.us/contact. This newsletter is published six times a year
for customers of the Department of Administration.
Looking for an Admin service or product? Have a complaint, compliment or question? We want to hear from you. For customer service, contact the department at 651/201-2555 or through the Internet at www.admin.state.mn.us/contact. This newsletter is published six times a year for customers of the Department of Administration.
Department of Administration 200 Administration Building 50 Sherburne Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55155
Privacy Statement Contact Admin Minnesota|
The information on this website can be made available in alternative formats, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape or disk, by calling us at 651/201-2555 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons with a hearing or speech disability may call us through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529.