If you’re on campus, you’ve probably seen the new purple and green trolley. This trolley is part of the HWS Goes Green Transportation Initiative, designed to reduce on-campus driving. Just by looking at it, you probably couldn’t tell that it runs on biodiesel, an energy alternative that can be produced domestically to reduce emissions by as much as 78 percent when compared to its petroleum counterpart. In addition, a number of the more harmful emissions released by traditional diesel powered vehicles are either eliminated or severely reduced by the biodiesel alternative.
The biodiesel for our “HWS Goes Green Trolley” is grown, produced and purchased from “regional distributors who take a comprehensive look at reducing the environmental impact throughout the production and delivery,” assures Sustainability Coordinator of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, James Landi.
The trolley is on a limited schedule and operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m., until around 2 a.m. Additionally, there are two vans that operate all other nights from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; if the trolley service becomes a success, there may be more shuttle services in the spring. Students are encouraged to check their e-mail and the student life/campus safety sections of the HWS Web site for shuttle updates, a complete schedule of times and stops, and a map of the trolley’s route.