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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 Silver
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-18: Campus Fleet

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.19 / 1.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning

Criteria

Institution supports alternative fuel and power technology by including in its motorized vehicle fleet vehicles that are: 

A. Gasoline-electric hybrid 

B. Diesel-electric hybrid 

C. Plug-in hybrid 

D. 100 percent electric 

E. Fueled with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) 

F. Hydrogen fueled 

G. Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel for more than 4 months of the year 

And/or 

H. Fueled with locally produced, low-level (e.g. B5) biofuel for more than 4 months of the year (e.g. fuel contains cooking oil recovered and recycled on campus or in the local community) 

For this credit, the institution’s motorized fleet includes all cars, carts, trucks, tractors, buses and similar vehicles used for transporting people and/or goods, including both leased vehicles and vehicles that are institution-owned and operated. Heavy construction equipment (e.g. excavators and pavers), maintenance equipment (e.g. lawn-mowers and leaf blowers), and demonstration/test vehicles used for educational purposes are not included in this credit.   

Vehicles that meet multiple criteria (e.g. hybrid vehicles fueled with biofuel) should not be double-counted.


Applicability

This credit applies to all institutions that have a motorized vehicle fleet. 


Scoring

Institutions earn the maximum of 1 point available for this credit when all vehicles in their fleets are alternatively fueled and/or powered. Incremental points are awarded for using alternative fuels in some vehicles and/or having some alternatively powered vehicles. For example, an institution for which gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles comprise 50 percent of the total fleet would earn 0.5 points (half of the points available for this credit). 

See a scoring table in the STARS Technical Manual.


Measurement

Timeframe

Report on the most recent data available. 

Sampling and Data Standards

Include all vehicles that are part of the institution’s fleet. Reporting on a sample of vehicles is not allowed for this credit. 

 

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.