The university’s vehicle fleet includes a wide variety of vehicle types to help staff, faculty, and students move across and off campus. While the fleet contributes a comparatively small amount to the university’s annual carbon emissions, the vehicles themselves are a visible emission source to the campus community and can serve as an educational tool towards emission reductions.
The university maintains a fleet of over 900 vehicles, which use more than 639,000 gallons of fuel each year. Within that, the 47 Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) vehicles represent over 46% of the total annual fuel use. As a result, the university has focused on transitioning the CABS vehicles from traditional diesel fuel to cleaner burning compressed natural gas (CNG). That full transition is on pace for completion by 2026. Further, the university has adopted a “park once” philosophy in capital planning efforts that encourages CABS ridership for cross-campus travel, as it is more fuel efficient and relieves roadway congestion than single occupancy vehicle use moving between campus locations.
In addition to the focus on CABS, the university continues to right-size the vehicle fleet to meet updated transportation needs as well as transition vehicles to alternative fuels as more models become available in the marketplace, including electric. In total, 18% of the university fleet currently runs on alternative fuel (CNG, electric or hybrid).
Current goal achievement and initiatives
- Fleet Footprint (since 2016 baseline): 21.7% increase (The fleet’s footprint growth was largely due to lingering COVID restrictions on vehicle capacity and ongoing campus construction, both causing increases in the number and length of vehicle routes especially for CABS.)
- 2022 Fleet emissions: 1.557 metric tons of CO2e per thousand miles traveled
- The university continues to transition CABS vehicles to alternative fuels through successful Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant applications
Electric charging stations available for university community use at Ohio State’s Columbus and regional campuses
Transportation and Traffic Management Sustainability
Buckeye Bike Hub, which offers bicycle repair and cycling supplies as well as educational clinics about bike maintenance, cycling skills and bike safety for Ohio State students, faculty and staff