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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 81.30
Liaison Sarah Munro
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
OP-15: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.08 / 1.00 Sarah Munro
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Policy
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Total number of vehicles (e.g. cars, carts, trucks, tractors, buses, electric assist cycles) in the institution’s fleet:
505

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 0
100 percent electric 23
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?:
No

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

UConn’s motorized fleet is dedicated to becoming more “green.” Electric vehicles and hybrids make up a growing 22% of UConn’s light duty fleet, and the university has worked to reduce the oil dependency of its fleets through the installation of five electric vehicle charging stations at the main campus.

In addition, UConn continues its efforts to support alternative fuel and power technology in its motorized fleet by encouraging all departments to choose from the preferred vehicle list whenever they are purchasing or leasing University vehicles. The vehicles listed are based off of ranking estimates of EPA fuel economy (city mpg) and emission standards, and aim to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University does have additional plated vehicles that were not counted above because they are farm equipment (including tractors, horse trailers, etc.), not passenger vehicles. There are approximately 120 farm vehicles used by the University.

Additionally, the University maintains fleet fuel standards in compliance with CT Public Act 2007-242, which requires all vehicles purchased to be in the top third fuel efficiency of their class.

Finally, the University discontinued its longstanding production of ASTM-certified biodiesel made from waste cooking oil collected from the University’s dining facilities. The biodiesel was produced using a continuous flow reactor in a Chemical Engineering professor’s lab. This practice had previously resulted in a <5% biodiesel blend used at all times throughout UConn’s diesel fleet. Unfortunately, after a spill in the lab, the production was discontinued for safety reasons. UConn is evaluating the feasibility of purchasing a commercial biodiesel blend (B20) for use full-time in its diesel fleet and certain emergency generators.

Electric vehicles information: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/transportation/electric-vehicles

Fleet Fuel Standards: http://www.ecohusky.uconn.edu/transportation/fleet-fuel

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.