Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Columbia University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dan Allalemdjian
Director, Transportation Demand Management
Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Columbia University's new electric shuttles

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The University has contracted to purchase six new battery-electric buses to replace the existing diesel-powered buses on its campus shuttle network. The new fleet – among the first electric buses to be introduced in New York City – offers both environmental and health benefits, including reduced emissions and noise pollution, and improved air quality.

Electric buses support Columbia’s Sustainability Plan goals of reduced transportation emissions through greener campus fleets and commuting alternatives. Columbia’s campus shuttle network operates between campus locations in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Rockland County. The shuttles serve over 1,400 rider trips daily and travel nearly 180,000 miles annually. Transitioning to electric buses is expected to reduce University shuttle greenhouse gas emissions by over 270 metric tons, a 70% reduction in emissions from existing diesel shuttle buses.

The six Xcelsior forty-foot buses have a seating capacity of 40 passengers, a battery capacity of 480-kilowatt hours and can travel over 200 miles on a single charge. The purchase of the buses, which includes three charging stations, is supported by a grant from New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Funds, a program which focuses on advancing clean vehicle technologies in New York.

In addition to reduced emissions and noise, electric buses offer significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs. The buses are also built for accessibility with improved step height, expanded front door widths and a flatter entry ramp for passengers with mobility devices. Columbia’s Intercampus Shuttle is free of charge for members of the local community with disabilities, the elderly and their companions, as well as individuals with service animals.

Manufactured by New Flyer and operated by Academy Bus, the new electric buses will begin operating on Columbia campus shuttle routes as early as the summer of 2018.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate
Energy
Transportation

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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