Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of Minnesota, Morris
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Procuring the first fully-electric car and charging station in Stevens County

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:

Description:
During the 2017-2018 academic year we began a process to procure and implement the first fully-electric car and charging station in west-central Minnesota. The Morris campus worked together with statewide partners, including at Fresh Energy (an environmental non-profit in Minnesota) and the Minnesota Department of Administration to order the first of 22 fully-electric Chevy Bolt cars in Minnesota.
Results:
The Morris campus took receipt of the first Chevy Bolt in west-central Minnesota. The campus also installed the first charging station in west-central Minnesota. This is a milestone year – given our expectations about the transformation about to happen in the transportation sector – and the expected growth of electric vehicles. The Morris campus is providing an opportunity for rural residents to learn more about this technology. We have taken the Bolt to several small schools in Stevens County so that local schoolchildren can see this new technology. Our experience with the new Bolt will provide the campus with valuable experience that will help us make decisions about the further electrification of our campus fleet. And, because the campus obtains 70% of its power from renewables, the car is often filling with clean energy.


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

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