Commuter Travel accounted for 12.7% of Elon’s FY2015 carbon emissions and the University Fleet accounted for another 2%. A more detailed comparison of the commuter habit survey results can be viewed here. With a goal of climate neutrality by 2037, Elon uses, encourages and supports transportation that reduces carbon emissions.
Use the Zimride Commute Calendar to log your alternative commutes and see how much money and carbon emissions you save when you carpool, walk, bus or bike instead of drive alone to campus.
Elon has 11 biodiesel fueled buses in its fleet. In addition to the biobuses, there are over 55 additional alternative fuel vehicles including additional biodiesel, electric utility and security and hybrid vehicles. Electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions. They run off of batteries, which are charged when they are not being used. Hybrid vehicles emit less pollution and get better gas mileage than non-hybrid versions of the same vehicle type.
To encourage the use of Low-Emitting Vehicles, there are several parking lots on campus that have preferred parking spaces designated for LEVs. A LEV permit is required to park in these spaces and can be obtained from the Traffic Office.
Do you drive a LEV? LEVs include non-hybrids as well as hybrid models. LEVs are classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by the California Air Resources Board or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide. See if your car is on the list of LEVs (use the LEED v. 2009 tab). To learn more about LEVs and to find out if you drive one visit www.greenercars.org.
There are two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus. A Tesla Connector/Charging Station is located in the Inman Admissions Welcome Center parking lot. A Level 2 charging station that is part of the ChargePoint network is located in the McMichael parking lot near the Greenhouse.
Elon does not charge to use the stations but users must have a ChargePoint card to activate charging at the Level 2 station in the McMichael parking lot. New EV owners and first time users of the station can find directions for getting a card on the ChargePoint website.