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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 69.67
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
OP-15: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.11 / 1.00 Jim Laverty
Manager, Vehicle Pool
Operations and Maintenance
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Total number of vehicles (e.g. cars, carts, trucks, tractors, buses, electric assist cycles) in the institution’s fleet:
353

Number of vehicles in the institution's fleet that are:
Number of Vehicles
Gasoline-electric, non-plug-in hybrid 17
Diesel-electric, non-plug-in hybrid 0
Plug-in hybrid 1
100 percent electric 20
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 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 university is taking steps to create a more environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet. The university’s vehicle pool is committed to replacing its aging fleet vehicles, as required, with electric, hybrid or ultra-fuel-efficient models whenever a feasible option exists.

Four hybrid delivery vans and two hybrid medium delivery trucks were purchased in 2009, making the university the first educational institution with hybrid mail trucks. Buildings and Grounds Services uses electric and solar-powered grounds carts to transport staff. The university’s vehicle fleet is using E10 gasoline year-round and B5 diesel up to six months of the year. To date, a source of E85 fuel is not available.

A GPS vehicle locator system was deployed in 79 fleet vehicles in 2016. The system will assist the university in reducing travel time and idling. Idle management devices were installed in six vehicles and the university is monitoring their effectiveness. All vehicles used on campus are maintained for optimal efficiency, and multiple van and truck trips on campus have been eliminated by providing a shuttle van for trades groups to move around campus.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES

Source for farm equipment data:
Barry Irving
APO/Mgr of Research Stations
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences

Source for grounds cart data:
Murray Brice
Landscape Maintenance and Construction Supervisor
Buildings and Grounds Services
Facilities and Operations

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.