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Key Objective: 4.3 Develop scenarios for converting the fleet to renewable fuels

The 2015 iCAP, chapter 4, objective 3 is "Conduct a detailed study by the end of FY17 to develop scenarios for complete conversion of the campus fleet to renewable fuels."

Associated Metric

No metric specified for this objective

Potential Strategies

In order to lay the groundwork for more significant and longer-term reductions in emissions from the campus fleet, the campus could perform a study of the potential to transition the fleet to renewable fuels.  This study could be conducted by a task force formed under iSEE, with a faculty chair and appropriate campus representation.  Options to be considered might include sustainably-produced biodiesel, compressed natural gas from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, and electricity from zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind.  The proposed study would review the types and usage of campus vehicles, evaluate the expectation for vehicle availability on a ten year horizon, and propose various plans (i.e., conservative, moderate, and aggressive) for greenhouse gas emission reductions along with approximate fiscal impacts for each plan.