One of the sites I like to keep an eye on is the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. I was browsing there the other day and found a great story about the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and their support of their campus transportation fleet.
Recently, the UIC worked with the Chicago Area Clean Cities coalition to use grant funding to install a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) infrastructure at their university. The funding was used for two slow-fill dispensing units and two quick-fill CNG units.
UIC first purchased their CNG-powered vehicles in 1997. Pablo Acevedo, associate director of facilities management at UIC said, “The decision back then was based on cost savings and environmental concerns. Those are the same reasons we continue to add CNG vehicles to our fleet.” UIC is also allowing vehicles owned by the City of Chicago to fill up at the UIC facility. Great move on their part.
The universities transportation system includes a variety of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) that represent 36 percent of their fleet. Some of these AFV’s include:
- 12 light-duty hybrids
- 37 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs)
- 26 vehicles that operate on B20
- two compressed natural gas (CNG) cargo vans
- a CNG Crown Victoria
- nine CNG Blue Bird buses transport an average of 2,000 people daily around the campus
Chicago Clean Cities Coordinator Samantha Bingham said, “UIC’s commitment to its alternative fuel program and its involvement in the coalition make it an exemplary fleet in the Chicago area.”