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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
OP-15: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 1.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Total number of vehicles (e.g. cars, carts, trucks, tractors, buses, electric assist cycles) in the institution’s fleet:
726

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

Do the figures reported above include leased vehicles?:
No

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

Our biggest contribution to lowering our greenhouse gasses at NMSU is to reduce our fleet - zero emissions in a vehicle you don't have! We also use alternative fuel that was an innovation credit in our last report. As an agriculture college we grow and research glandless cotton which produces a very clean oil. This oil is transported (in a bio-fuel cart of course) to our food services vendor to use in their frying. When the oil is tired and must be retired, it is driven back to the farm in the same bio-fuel cart, and that oil is put into a machine that turns it into biofuel to run the pump that waters the cotton. It's a beautiful zero-waste circle of alternative fuel.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Transportation and Parking Services has coordinated an institution wide fleet reduction program that began in 2010. The entire university fleet has been reduced by another 6% or 50 more vehicles from June 2012 to June 2015. The fleet reduction has been accompanied by a corresponding fuel usage reduction of 23%. The Aggie Transit shuttle service has seen an increase of 28% ridership 2012 to 2015). NMSU and the City of Las Cruces transit system established a pilot Universal Bus Pass program in August 2012 that allows all NMSU students to ride any city transit bus at no charge. This pilot program is meant to encourage sustainable travel by public transit to and from campus.

See this link about "Plenty of Spaces" to encourage the NMSU community to park at the free parking lot and walk: https://park.nmsu.edu/

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.