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Campus Fleet

Transportation plays a key role is making UNC a more sustainable campus by reducing the impacts of both staff/student commutes and campus operations.  UNC has been awarded the Best Workplace for Commuters designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency each year since 2002. According to a 2007 transportation survey, 44 percent of University and Hospital employees and 83 percent of off-campus students arrive on campus via a means other than a single-occupant vehicle. Employees commute an average of 14 miles to campus and students an average of seven miles. The 9,000 students who live on campus avoid the need to commute altogether.

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Electric Vehicles

In 2010, Facilities Services was awarded a $55,510 grant from the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project in order to replace four combustion-powered vehicles in the campus fleet with electric vehicles.  The addition will raise electric vehicles on-campus to 23 as a part of an increasingly fuel-efficient and locally repaired fleet. Zone shops are distributed strategically across campus and reduce travel back and forth to Facilities Services’ main complex for both parts and personnel. Travel from the zone shops to job sites can be done in smaller electric vehicles, thereby reducing both fuel use and parking space requirements. In the grounds department, 38 percent of the 21 Gator work vehicles now run on electricity. Housekeeping has three electric vehicle carts.

Links:
Electric Vehicles on campus - http://go.unc.edu/ElectricCar

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Petroleum Reduction

In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law requiring all state vehicle fleets to displace 20% of their petroleum with alternative fuels or energy efficiency measures.  Since then, petroleum consumption at Carolina has fallen over 20 percent, surpassing their goal. In FY 2008, Facilities Services installed a 4,000-gallon tank to store an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline blend (E85). Now one pump at the fuel station dispenses E85 and the other dispenses E10, a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol. The University owns 113 flex-fuel trucks and cargo vans that can run on either gasoline or E-85 fuel, and leases another 167 flex-fuel passenger cars from N.C.’s Motor Fleet Management. When fueling up on campus, all 280 flex-fuel vehicles run exclusively on E-85 fuel.

Increased consumption of 20 percent biodiesel fuel, and switching to synthetic motor oil, have also contributed to the decline in petroleum use. The Point to Point bus fleet that circulates around campus at night runs on B20 fuel and is funded through the student transit fee.

Purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles, incorporating 19 street-legal electric vehicles into the housekeeping, grounds, and maintenance fleets, and relying more on “zone shops” also resulted in savings. Zone shops are distributed strategically across campus and reduce travel back and forth to Facilities Services’ main complex for both parts and personnel.

Not purchasing vehicles also reduces costs and environmental impacts.  In addition to Motor Pool vehicles available to departments and organizations, the ZipCar on-demand car rental program is now self-supporting and includes 735 individual and three dozen departmental members with 5 cars located across campus.

Links:
Point to Point - http://www.dps.unc.edu/Transit/campustransit/p2p/p2p.cfm
Motor Pool - http://www.fac.unc.edu/
ZipCar - http://www.dps.unc.edu/Transit/campustransit/zipcar/zipcar.pdf

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