Union Cab of Madison Cooperative is an organization committed to sustainability. While going through Sustain Dane’s programs they began several projects. Because their business is transportation their big sustainability wins have surrounded that subject. Six cabs from their fleet received vacuum gauges to increase fuel economy, they promote a no-idling policy among their drivers. During this time they also purchased four hybrid vehicles for the cab fleet. The impact of this initial conversion was so promising that it led to a complete conversion of all Union Cab sedans in 2012, with a 26% fuel improvement.
In addition to these projects the Co-op accomplished a number of energy efficiency goals including installing a compressor to reduce electrical consumption. Recently, Union Cab has added solar on two of their buildings. Union Cab’s story illustrates Sustain Dane’s ripple effect philosophy; small changes lead to greater and greater impacts, all it takes it that first step.