Yale U Adds Electric Van to Delivery Fleet

Over the next year, Yale University (CT) will compare a gas-powered transit van with a new all-electric van with zero emissions to determine if a permanent switch will be beneficial. A new charging station will monitor usage information including the electric van's kilowatt usage.

Calif. State U Sacramento Students Convert Waste Oil to Biodiesel

With $6,000 in grants from the university's Greenovation Fund and Sustainability Steering Committee, mechanical engineering students at California State University, Sacramento are converting waste oil from campus kitchens into biodiesel fuel. The students are aiming to create enough diesel to fuel the grounds maintenance equipment on campus.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U Students Develop Biodiesel Fuel

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) have begun developing a biodiesel source to save fuel costs for the university. The biodiesel will be created from recycled oil from campus kitchens and will be used to fuel campus tractors. The university expects to save $3 a gallon and reduce emissions.

New York U Doubles Bike Share Efforts

New York University will more than double the size of its bike share fleet this month, officially moving the program out of its pilot phase. The program has grown "exponentially" since its launch in summer 2010, said the university's bike share coordinator, and has helped inform plans for a New York City bike share.

San Diego State U Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

San Diego State University (CA) has announced the installation of 14 electric vehicle charging stations across campus that are free for students, faculty and staff. The stations were made available by a grant from the University of California Department of Energy.

U Kentucky Debuts DIY Bicycle Repair Stand

The University of Kentucky's Wildcat Wheels Program has launched a DIY Bicycle Repair Stand in an effort to enhance the services available to campus cyclists. The new stand includes a waterproof dispenser with free, pre-glued patches and instructions on how to patch a flat.

Bowling Green State U Students Initiate Eco-Friendly Bike Racks

Bowling Green State University’s (OH) Undergraduate Student Government and Office of Campus Sustainability have announced plans to purchase 20 new bicycle racks made from recycled plastic. The group hopes that more bicycle racks will result in more bike commuters to campus.

Rhode Island College Introduces Car Sharing Program

Rhode Island College has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to launch a campus car sharing program for students, faculty and staff. Offering two cars to start, the college aims to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions on campus.

SUNY Cortland Debuts Eco-Friendly Buses

State University of New York at Cortland has purchased a new fleet of environmentally friendly buses that use cleaner fuel. Featuring messages to increase climate issue awareness among the campus community, the propane-fueled vehicles are part of the university's Climate Action Plan toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

Vanderbilt U Partners with Students for Bike Sharing Program

Vanderbilt University (TN) has announced that re{cycle}, the winner of its Vanderbilt Ventures Competition, will receive start-up money, compensation, support and resources from the Dean of Students office to launch a campus bike sharing program. The student-run company will offer access to daily bicycle rentals for $10 a day to undergraduate students at the university.

Walsh College Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Walsh College (MI) has installed three car charging stations on campus with plans for additional stations if there is a demand. A $20,000 grant from the Department of Energy helped offset the project cost.

Appalachian State U Expands Green Transportation Options

Appalachian State University (NC) has teamed up with UHaulCarShare to expand its car sharing program. Through the partnership, students, faculty and staff will have access to three vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to UHaulCarShare, the university offers ride sharing through Zimride, a ridesharing social network that helps people share commutes or one-time rides.

Columbia U Basketball Team Saves Emissions with Biodiesel Travel

The Lions men's basketball team at Columbia University (NY) saved 77 percent in carbon dioxide emissions traveling by biodiesel bus to a recent away game. The trip was a chance to use Greenway Transit's software program that calculates the estimated footprint reduction by riding in a biodiesel bus. The company is working with the Forest Foundation and Carolina Biodiesel to develop a franchise model for value-adding waste vegetable oil into green transportation for university and college towns across the country.

Southeastern Louisiana U to Use Biodiesel in Campus Vehicles

Southeastern Louisiana University Physical Plant Services has installed a tank on campus to collect used and unwanted cooking oil from the campus community. The oil will be used to produce biodiesel to fuel off-road campus vehicles and equipment.

U Rhode Island Starts to 'Green' Ocean Research Fleet

The University of Rhode Island’s research ocean vessel, the Endeavor, has started using refined biofuel. To fuel its trek around the globe, the vessel recently filled up with a mix of recycled oil from fast food restaurants and regular diesel.

Austin CC Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Austin Community College (TX) has installed 18 electric car charging stations available to the campus community and the public as part of the ChargePoint America program. At $2 per hour-long charge, the college hopes the stations will help create a support network for environmentally friendly vehicles.

Portland State U Wins $3.5 M for Sustainable Transport Research

Portland State University (OR) has received $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for sustainable transportation research and education. One of 63 applicants for 22 grants, the university will focus on research and education programs that improve health and safety for all users; increase the efficiency and understanding of cycling, walking and transit; make the best use of data, performance measures and analytical tools; integrate multimodal transportation with land use; and take long-term action on transportation emissions and climate change.

U Arizona Installs Bike Repair Stations

The University of Arizona has installed two self-serve bicycle repair stations on campus. Users are able to suspend their bikes and make minor adjustments using the 17 tools that are tethered to the unit.

U California Santa Barbara Opens Bike Repair Stations

The University of California, Santa Barbara has announced the installation of four bike repair stations on campus, with two more on the way. The stations, which feature a metal stand designed to suspend a bicycle for repairs and a variety of tools including wrenches, screwdrivers and an air pump, are free to the campus community.

Champlain College, U Vermont Offer Subsidized Car Sharing Program

Champlain College and the University of Vermont have announced a subsidized car sharing membership for full-time students, faculty and staff. Offered through the Campus Area Transportation Management Association and CarShare Vermont, the program's $150 annual membership fee has been underwritten by the two Vermont institutions in an effort to triple the number Champlain College and the University of Vermont members in 2012.

Clemson U Introduces Car Sharing Program

Clemson University (SC) has partnered with car sharing program WeCar to offer four cars to the campus community. Car sharing is encouraged with prime parking spots for those who split the costs of a parking permit and carpool to the university. Other programs in development include a way to post routes online for other commuters to hitch a ride and better parking spots for those driving EPA-approved low-emission vehicles.

U Chicago Adds Electric Vehicles to Campus Fleet

The University of Chicago's (IL) Facilities Services recently added three electric vehicles to its fleet. The first Neighborhood Electric Vehicles on campus, the 100 percent-electric cars will replace two gasoline-powered trucks and a van. The department aims to invest in further green technologies.

McMaster U Makes Canadian List of Top Bicycling Campuses

With 37 percent of students who walk or cycle to campus, Maclean's magazine has named McMaster University (ON) as one of Canada's top five bicycle-friendly schools. The university promotes sustainable travel by focusing on initiatives aimed at reducing single-occupancy vehicle use; promoting sustainable alternatives modes of transportation; and by responding to requests from the campus community for a better cycling environment.

Missouri State U Expands Recycling Efforts with Electric Truck

Missouri State University has purchased an electric utility truck through the university's Student Sustainability Fund to be used in the campus recycling program. The truck is expected to make the program more efficient and allow the university to expand recycling efforts to its off-campus buildings.

Vanderbilt U Debuts Car Sharing Program

Vanderbilt University (TN) has started offering a second car sharing program on campus. Enterprise's WeCar program will now be offered with the current Zipcar program. Students, faculty and staff will have the ability to enroll in both programs.

Drexel U Introduces Car Sharing Program

Drexel University (PA) has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to launch a campus car sharing program for students, faculty and staff. The university will initially offer eight Zipcars.

Coastal Carolina U Installs First Electric Car Charging Station

Coastal Carolina University (SC) has announced the installation of its first electric vehicle charging station. The demonstration charging station will help the campus and its partners learn more about car charging needs and preferences.

Georgia Tech Launches Bike Share Program

Georgia Institute of Technology has partnered with ViaCycle to launch a new bike sharing program. The program will allow students, faculty and staff to purchase short-term bike rentals using their cell phones. Five drop-off locations have been installed across campus.

Grand Valley State U Plans Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Grand Valley State University (MI) has announced plans to install five dual and two single electric vehicle charging stations. The stations will be provided by Chargepoint America, a regional effort led by the West Michigan Strategic Alliance and West Michigan Energy.

Santa Clara U Announces New Rideshare Social Network

Santa Clara University (CA) has announced a partnership with Zimride to connect drivers in the campus community with riders looking to carpool to class or work. Zimride is a social network that interfaces with Facebook, allowing students, faculty and staff to share commutes or one-time road trips. The university hopes the service will help reduce campus traffic, parking difficulties and provide cost savings to the campus community.

U Illinois Chicago Debuts Online Campus Ride-Matching Service

With the goal of reducing the amount of solo campus commuters by 30 percent, the University of Illinois at Chicago's Office of Sustainability and Commuter Student Resource Center have partnered with iCarpool. The online ride-matching service helps connect students and employees who drive a similar daily route to campus, or find others to share the costs of a longer trip.

Duke U Acquires 2 New Hybrid Buses

Duke University (NC) has purchased two new hybrid-electric buses to join its transit fleet. Ridership capacity will increase by 30 passengers for each bus.

U Delaware Powers Buses with Biodiesel

The University of Delaware has begun using biodiesel produced by undergraduate engineering students to power its bus fleet. The project was inspired by the donation of a biodiesel processor capable of recycling 130 to 150 gallons of used cooking oil per batch to produce 100 gallons of fuel. Students currently process one partial batch per week, producing 42 gallons of fuel.

U Minnesota Encourages Bike Commuting with New Technology

The University of Minnesota has installed Dero ZAP, a solar-powered, automated radio frequency identification (RFID) system to help manage, monitor and encourage bike commuting. Registered campus participants receive a unique RFID tag for their bicycle, which makes them eligible for commuting incentives and rewards.

U Oregon Student Union to Include Full-Service Bike Center

The University of Oregon has announced that the $160 million renovation of its Erb Memorial Student Union will include a 5,000-square-foot Bike Center. The project, modeled after Portland State University's Bike Hub, will include retail and repair services, secure bike parking, showers and locker space. Additionally, the bike program budget will increase from $26,000 a year to $100,000 a year.

League of American Bicyclists Names 6 New Bike Friendly Campuses

Announced during the AASHE 2011 conference in Pittsburgh, the League of American Bicyclists has designated six new institutions as bicycle friendly. With 26 institutions in the U.S. to date, the Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes campuses that offer a strong on-campus bicycle culture, a growing bicycle infrastructure, and cooperation with nearby towns and cities, among other criteria. The new bike friendly institutions include Chatham University (PA), George Mason University (VA), Ohio State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of North Carolina Wilmington and University of Vermont.

Purdue U Introduces Car Sharing Program

Purdue University (IN) has introduced a new car sharing program on campus through a partnership with Zipcar, Inc. Six cars, including hybrids, will be available to students, faculty and staff for an annual fee of $25 per person.

Salem State U Partners with City for Bike Share

Salem State University (MA) has partnered with the City of Salem to establish a bike share program. Twenty bikes will be available for public use free of charge, 10 of them downtown and 10 on campus. The university hopes the new program not only provides an alternative transportation option but also helps connect the campus community with the downtown.

U Cincinnati Launches Car Sharing Program

The University of Cincinnati (OH) has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to launch a campus car sharing program for students, faculty and staff. Zipcars can be reserved via telephone, online and on smartphones.

U Massachusetts Amherst Debuts Car Sharing Program

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has introduced a car sharing program in partnership with WeCar by Enterprise. Students, faculty, staff and others in the community can sign up for the program.

Antioch U New England Builds Bike Shelter

Antioch University, New England (NH) has constructed a new bike shelter equipped with bike racks that will protect about 40 bicycles from the weather. Students worked with faculty members on the design, budget development and procurement of materials. Community members, students, staff, faculty and alumni volunteered to build the shelter.

Ohio State U Purchases Hybrid Buses

The Ohio State University has purchased two diesel-electric powered hybrid buses for the Campus Area Bus Service. Powered by a clean diesel hybrid electrical propulsion system, the university plans to boost campus fuel economy, reduce emissions, decrease noise pollution and reduce maintenance costs with the new mass transit vehicles.

Philadelphia Universities to Debut Electric Vehicles

Electric cars will be placed at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University as part of a Philadelphia-based initiative among the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PhillyCarShare and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, which includes installing infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles throughout the city.

Emory & Henry College Debuts Electric Vehicles on Campus

Emory & Henry College (VA) has introduced two electric vehicles to its transportation fleet for campus maintenance use. The college's president and her husband also donated an electric vehicle for presidential use across campus. The college is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2036.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Introduce Car Sharing Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) recently launched a partnership with Zipcar, Inc. to offer a campus car sharing program. Two vehicles are currently available for use.

Stonehill College Launches Car Sharing Program

Stonehill College (MA) has launched a car sharing program on campus through a partnership with Zipcar, Inc. Two cars on campus are available for students, faculty and staff to rent starting at $7 an hour. The college expects the new program to reduce the use of permanent cars on campus.

Tufts U Celebrates Car-Free Week

Tufts University's (MA) Office of Sustainability recently partnered with MassRIDES to promote Car-Free Week. Participants were encouraged to log every trip they completed without a car on the MassRIDES website. The Office of Sustainability targeted faculty members but also highlighted students’ potential to contribute to the program.

Michigan State U Participates in Clean Commute Challenge

In an effort to raise awareness of alternative transportation options to campus, Michigan State University announced its participation in the 2011 Clean Commute Campus Challenge, coordinated by the Capital Area Transportation Authority. Campuses throughout the state logged their “clean commutes” during the week of September 19-23 for the chance to be named the cleanest commuting college in Michigan.

San Francisco State U Students Put the 'Park' in Parking

Students at San Francisco State University (CA) recently turned local parking spaces into temporary parks using only recycled, borrowed or recyclable materials as part of an annual PARK(ing) Day. The worldwide event is designed to encourage citizens, artists and activists to temporarily transform metered parking spots into spaces for the public to enjoy. This year's student parking spot creations included a labyrinth and a rest stop where passers-by could take a nap.

U Denver Debuts Car Sharing Program

The University of Denver (CO) has partnered with car sharing program WeCar (a program of Enterprise Rent-a-Car) to offer on-campus access to car rentals for personal use. WeCar rentals are available for anyone over 18 years old with a valid driver’s license on an hourly, overnight and full-day basis with an initial enrollment fee of $35. The university hopes to take cars off the road and increase student mobility.