Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Luther College
OP-18: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Jay Uthoff
Director of Facilities
Facilities Management
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Total number of vehicles in the institution’s fleet :
81

Number of vehicles in the institution's fleet that are::
Number of Vehicles
Gasoline-electric, non-plug-in hybrid 11
Diesel-electric, non-plug-in hybrid 0
Plug-in hybrid 0
100 percent electric 7
Fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG) 1
Hydrogen fueled 0
Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel for more than 4 months of the year 13
Fueled with locally produced, low-level (e.g. B5) biofuel for more than 4 months of the year 0

A brief description of the institution’s efforts to support alternative fuel and power technology in its motorized fleet:
Luther purchased all-electric and electric hybrid vehicles to replace older vehicles in its fleet, and in 2007 Luther bought an Ester Machine, which converts waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. Now, instead of sending our cafeteria fryer oil off as a waste product, Luther staff member Kevin Ellingson brings it down to our biodiesel processor and can make up to an 80 gallon batch per day. This fuel gets mixed 50/50 with regular diesel in all the diesel vehicles in the fleet--mostly lawn mowers and other maintenance vehicles.

Recognizing the financial benefits of investing in hybrid cars for the college fleet, facilities services has been growing the hybrid fleet since 2008.

The website URL where information about the institution's support for alternative fuel and power technology is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Biodiesel is used in 13 of the diesel equipment vehicles, including 6 garden tractors/ lawnmowers from the spring to the fall. Luther's crew of student recyclers riding greener in a compressed natural gas pickup truck, which reduces carbon emissions by 35 percent compared to an average pickup.

Biodiesel is used in 13 of the diesel equipment vehicles, including 6 garden tractors/ lawnmowers from the spring to the fall. Luther's crew of student recyclers riding greener in a compressed natural gas pickup truck, which reduces carbon emissions by 35 percent compared to an average pickup.

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