Then: In 2007, the fleet manager replaced the manual fuel-dispensing system in Madison, Wis., with a wireless one. The change prompted the Center for Digital Government to name the state capitol one of the nation’s most technologically advanced cities.
Now: Bill Vanden Brook is still going strong. Under his watch, Madison has adopted more green practices. When an older vehicle is cycled out, it’s replaced with a fuel-efficient one. Hybrid-diesel buses turn energy generated by their own deceleration into electricity. Helped by an EPA Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative grant, the city has implemented a maintenance program that monitors equipment usage so the Fleet Service Division can suggest more economical and environmentally friendly solutions.