Sustainability

wide angle photo of the fleet services workshop

Overview

Among the Top 100 Best Fleets in North America, in 2015, Fleet Services will manage 698 vehicles including 254 ethanol flex-fuel capable vehicles, 120 hybrid vehicles(103 gasoline-electric and 17 plug-in electric), 5 diesel-electric hybrid step-vans, and 24 all-electric vehicles.

305 of our vehicles will fuel with B20 or higher biofuel and 244 of our vehicles will fuel with B5 complementing our sustainability efforts.

All diesel vehicles have been fitted with exhaust emission reduction devices to reduce harmful diesel exhaust emissions and particulate matter even though it is not a state or federal requirement.

Fleet Services is committed to sustainability by constantly evaluating the university’s vehicle needs. Each year, Fleet Services assesses the size of its fleet and “right sizes.” With the improvements in hybrid, plug in electric (PHEV), and all electric (EV) vehicles, we evaluate customer specific usage, daily and monthly mileage and range considerations to determine if an alternative fuel vehicle could be used to meet their needs. The fleet composition of hybrid, PHEV, and EV vehicles will grow from 16.5% to 21.3% of the fleet in 2015.

Fleet Services has also implemented a UCAR program so that faculty, staff and students on official university business can share fleet vehicles through a car sharing program. This has enabled the university to further reduce the size of its fleet by reducing the number of assigned and departmental vehicles. We continue to monitor and evaluate metrics to improve utilization and expansion of this service.

From 2014 to 2015, we will see a 3% reduction in fleet assets due to rightsizing, shared usage of fleet assets and increased usage of non-motorized options available on campus.

In 2015, Fleet Services is using $1.3 million dollars to build electrical charging infrastructure and stations to support University Fleet electric vehicles and public/commuter charging. By the end of 2015, Fleet estimates 39 vehicles in use supporting University activities, its first foray into all electric and plug in hybrid electric passenger vehicles. In our University mailing services and shuttle divisions, we are utilizing hybrid technology in step vans and shuttle service vehicles. In addition, we will be using E85 biofuel to service our 247 flex fuel vehicles.

Other Fleet Services Initiatives

Located under the ceiling of the Fleet Services Service Center, the waste-oil heater efficiently heats the large open work area. The heater provides the warmth needed for staff and any remaining oil not used to heat the shop is recycled, finding its way back into the very cars it first lubricated.

Tires and batteries are collected for recycling.

Re-refined motor oil is used in the majority of fleet vehicles.

A non-CFC brake cleaner is used in inspections and repairs.

The motor-parts washer uses only soap and high water pressure.

From the large tanks that hold gasoline to the containers that store spent batteries, spill-containment facilities have been installed in all areas to capture any possible accidental release of hazardous materials into the environment.

Current shop cleaning practices stop oil escaping into the environment via storm-water drainage.

Environmentally sustainable materials are used to effectively encapsulate any oil-based spills.