BALTIMORE (WJZ) — H & S Bakery is adding sustainability to their menu as the company unveils their fleet of alternative fuel vehicles. Tracey Leong explains why they made the upgrade.

You can call it a sign of the times. H & S Bakery is switching to more energy efficient products. A move Baltimore’s mayor said will ensure success, not only for the business, but the city as well.

Baked goods giant, H & S Bakery, is taking a step in reducing their carbon footprint. Partnering with Roush CleanTech to meet their sustainability goals, the company is adding 16 propane autogas delivery trucks.

“H&S Bakery takes the responsibility serious to protect our environment,” vice president of sales for H&S Bakery, J.R. Paterakis said.

Using propane, each truck will eliminate more than 100-thousand pounds of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.

Baltimore’s  mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has taken the delivery truck out for a test drive.

“I want to thank everyone at H&S for helping to lead the charge in this effort to pursue a cleaner city,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “Together, I know we can work together to create innovative policies that will create a more sustainable Baltimore advance technology.”

H&S Bakery plans to operate 10 percent of their 600 trucks with propane autogas over the next years.

“It takes folks that are willing to take a little risk and if you look at what the family has done over the past 70 years, it’s all about risk and reward and this is the next step,” vice president of sales for ROUSH CleanTech, Todd Mouw said.

Echoing the mayor’s goal of attracting residents and improving the quality of life, H&S Bakery is planning for the future.

“Fathers, my brothers, we are committed to be the leaders and not waiting for someone else to show us what can be done in today’s world,” vice president of transportation for H&S Bakery, Chuck Paterakis said.

H&S Bakery received several grants for their propane autogas program, including a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.

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