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Liaison Chelsea Hamilton
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Vanderbilt University
OP-15: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Chelsea Hamilton
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
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Total number of vehicles in the institution’s fleet:
245

Number of vehicles in the institution's fleet that are:
Number of Vehicles
Gasoline-only 187
Diesel-only 2
Gasoline-electric hybrid 20
Diesel-electric hybrid 0
Plug-in hybrid 0
100 percent electric 36
Fueled with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) 0
Hydrogen fueled 0
Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel 0
Fueled with locally produced, low-level biofuel 0

Do the figures reported above include leased vehicles?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s efforts to support alternative fuel and power technology in its motorized fleet:

The majority of Plant Operations’ fleet has changed to electric powered golf carts over the past few years, significantly improving outdoor air quality.
MoveVU, Vanderbilt’s new mobility strategy, has been a unique collaboration with faculty, administrators, staff and students. MoveVU aims to give commuters more options to choose from when making their daily decision on how they will travel to and from campus. MoveVU’s programs aim to provide Vanderbilt commuters with more choices beyond driving alone to campus and using a traditional annual parking permit. Greater flexibility in their commuters will better match their dynamic lifestyles. The MoveVU plan outlines ways the university can shift its mode share and reduce the drive alone rate to campus. Vanderbilt University’s current drive alone rate is around 76.5%, and the MoveVU goal is to reduce the drive alone rate to 55% by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, the percentage of individuals taking sustainable commute modes, such as walking, biking, taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and more, will need to increase. Learn more about the mode share goals identified in MoveVU. MoveVU has received a $4.5 million, three-year federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant, which the university will match. The $9 million total will launch a variety of new initiatives, including expanding shuttle operations using vehicles that rely on alternative fuels (either electricity or biofuels), instructing new shelter stops, and establishing bike and scooter share stations, shelters and repair sheds.
Vanderbilt University has a guideline prohibiting Plant Operations vehicles from idling. Plant Operations’ vehicles make up the majority of the “on campus fleet” and therefore are the most likely candidates to idle while on campus. Vanderbilt’s campus is not driver friendly, has few roads that go through campus, and allows very few vehicles to drive on the campus aside from the Plant Operations vehicles. All Plant Operations vehicles were recently outfitted with Geotab GPS tracking systems which report idling time and route performance and optimization back to VU management.


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