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    Dear Friends

    At a news conference today, the City’s Director of Public Works, John Prokop and I unveiled the City’s first hybrid garbage truck. The hybrid system will result in up to a 30% decrease or $5,000 savings in yearly fuel consumption and will extend the truck’s brake life four times longer than traditional brakes.

    Hybrid vehicles are a benefit to New Haven because they improve street-level air quality for our residents, reduces overall emissions, and reduces the City’s fuel costs. I am pleased the City is taking the next step in its mission to continue as a regional leader in improving air quality.

    The hybrid garbage truck has a hydraulic hybrid system. During braking, a pump is engaged to pressurize a reservoir of hydraulic fluid. As the truck starts forward again, the fluid runs through a hydraulic motor, boosting the truck forward and reducing the strain on the diesel engine. This type of hybrid system is best for vehicles that start and stop continuously.

    The total cost of the truck is $388,000. A $70,000 grant, secured by the City Office of Sustainability, from Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Clean Fuel Vehicle Program, covers all of the incremental cost of the hybrid system over a traditional truck.

    Currently the City has fleet of nine refuse trucks that on average each transports about 3,888 tons of municipal solid waste a year. Going forward, as the traditional refuse trucks reach the end of their useful work life, the City plans to continue to purchase hybrid refuse trucks, potentially having an all-hybrid fleet in the next decade.

    In 2005, New Haven chose to be the regional leader in adoption of hybrid vehicles by offering free parking to hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles.

    The City has been proactive in improving the efficiency and cleanliness of its fleet. The City has taken the following steps:

    - The City has 14 hybrids in its fleet – 13 cars or small SUVs and now the refuse truck.

    - In 2007 the City started using B50 biodiesel in its fleet, the highest percentage of biodiesel in the

    Northeast.

    - Installed solar-powered lights on a police cruiser as a pilot to cut down on idling.

    - Retrofitted all school buses with pollution control devices, and will be retrofitting all of our refuse fleet as well.

    New Trash Toters:

    Tuesday refuse routes will be receiving the new trash and recycling collection system soon. Please take a look at the following list of important dates:

    1. Brown 48-gallon toters for trash will be distributed on Saturday May 21st. There will be a bag containing information and instructions inside each toter.

    2. Residents will be asked to refrain from using the new toter until AFTER pickup on May 24th. May 24th will be the last day that trash is collected in the 96 gallon large blue toters, and recycling in the small 18-gallon blue bins.

    3. During and after collection on May 24th, stickers will be affixed to the existing 96 gallon large blue toters indicating that they are now the recycling receptacles.

    To learn more about this program, please attend one of our two community meetings:

    Celentano School (400 Canner Street) on May 11th at 7pm or Conte/West Hills Magnet School (511 Chapel Street) on May 12th at 7pm. Please help New Haven become more sustainable and save money by recycling more!

    Health Matters Tip of the Week:

    This week is National Women's Health Week and today is National Women's Checkup Day. The day is dedicated to encouraging women to visit health care professionals and to promote regular medical care. It is important for women to get regular checkups because screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early when they are easier to treat, and screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks for many health conditions.

    Green Tip of the Week:

    Did you know used coffee grounds work as an excellent fertilizer?

    The high levels of nitrogen in the grounds act as a significant booster for fast-growing vegetables, such as tomatoes (yes, ok, fruit). They are also quite beneficial for bulb plants, like Tulips or Lilies. Not only will they help provide a generous boost of nutrients needed for growth, they will also help reduce the slug populations that like to devour your prized ornaments.

    Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City:

    May 10. New Haven Preservation Trust Tour of Skinner-Trowbridge House Gardens with landscape architect Channing Harris. 12pm. 203-562-5919.

    May 10. Yale/NHPS All-City Band. Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Featuring 35 students selected from eight New Haven schools. 7pm. http://musicians.yale.edu/musicinschools

    May 12. NHSO-Celebrate Mahler. Woolsey Hall. $10-65 7:30pm. www.newhavensymphony.org.

    May 13-15. Legally Blonde: The Musical. Shubert Theater. Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm & 8pm/Sun. 1 & 6pm. $15-$75. www.shubert.com.

    May 13. “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” Michael J. Fox. SCSU Lyman Center. 7:30pm. $25. www.tickets.southernct.edu.

    May 13. Rob Brown Quartet @ Firehouse 12. 8:30pm/10pm. $18/$12. http://firehouse12.com

    May 14. Jazz saxophonist Candy Dulfer. SCSU Lyman Center. 8pm. $32. 203-392-6154.

    May 15. Sites.Camera.Action! Film Shorts Festival. Whitney Humanities Ctr. A cinematic interpretation of the role public art plays in our community. 7pm. www.sitescameraaction.info

    May 15. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 6:30-8:30pm. www.schoonerinc.org

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor



    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [5/9/2011]


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