Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Delivering campus mail with electric-assist cargo bicycles

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:
In 2017, UW Mailing Services purchased five electric assist cargo bicycles, and now nearly all mail deliveries to 455 departments across UW are made by e-bike instead of trucks. UW is the first campus in the country to move to delivering mail via electric bikes. Mailing Services originally planned to roll out e-bike delivery slowly, but the bikes proved so successful they are being used for deliveries across the Seattle campus, as well as some off-campus locations such as Sand Point and even occasional trips to Bellevue. With so many deliveries being made by e-bike, Mailing Services has already gotten rid of two trucks, and expects to reduce its fleet further soon. On campus, not only are the bikes more environmentally-friendly, they are also easier to maneuver around campus. In addition, the bikes don’t need to use building loading docks. Since phasing out trucks, deliveries now take 10% less time and 30% fewer miles traveled. And each truck Mailing Services can remove from its fleet saves nearly $10,000 a year in fuel, lease, insurance and maintenance costs. The use of electric cargo bikes continues a long tradition of Mailing Services’ sustainability efforts. The truck fleet is made of all hybrid-electric or bio-diesel vehicles, and before switching to e-bikes, the department piloted a program with non-electric bikes.

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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

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