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Vehicles for Change

B & G Purchase Electric Utility Carts

This spring Buildings and Grounds (B & G) will begin to change the way they get around campus. “We recently bought two completely electric Club Car Carryalls, which are larger than a golf cart and have a sizable utility box behind its seats,” explained B & G Assistant Director Scott Woodworth. “The carts will save the Colleges $800 in energy costs and save the environment about 1,250 pounds of carbon per year.”

The new eco-friendly carts run on a 28-volt rechargeable battery that will be recharged in the B &G facilities. “These new electric vehicles will help reduce the carbon emissions produced by the pick-up trucks that currently are being used,” said Vice President for Finance Peter Polinak, who is co-chair of the President's Climate Commitment Task Force. Earlier this academic year, Hobart and William Smith became a charter member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which aims to reduce green house gases.

“The vehicles are scheduled to arrive on campus in mid-April and will be used by our staff later in the month,” said Woodworth. “Weather permitting, we plan to use these carts during the academic year from the middle of April to the middle of October.”

But the “green” changes being made by B &G don't end there. “We're always looking for ways to reduce the campus' carbon emissions, which includes employee transportation, general energy consumption and switching to “green” products for our cleaning chemicals,” said Woodworth. “We're also working with the Green Team and the President's Climate Commitment Task Force. Buildings and Grounds is determined to make a noticeable impact many years into the Colleges' future.”

“One example of this is the recent lighting change in the library,” said Woodworth. “We replaced over 2,500 fluorescent bulbs with more efficient ones and were able to save the Colleges 114,300 kWh of electricity, 11.1 tons of CO2 and over $12,000 per year.”

Polinak agrees. “The entire campus is committed to studying, living and now working with the environment in mind,” he said.