You don’t often hear of a museum managing its fleet of motor vehicles impressively to save gasoline and dollars. How many museums even have fleets? Well, Nextgov.com advises, the Smithsonian Institution does – 1,500 vehicles to go with facilities in more than 80 countries. And in 2006 it decided to manage them aggressively via a fleet management information system and vehicle telematics.
The result has been impressive – an 18 percent reduction in light-duty vehicles and a 44 percent decrease in petroleum consumption. The heart of the program is effective measurement of vehicle use – “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” has become a Smithsonian byword, at least in the fleet department.
Always and everywhere, attentiveness pays.