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Reducing Fossil Fuel Consumption

Last year OU Parking and Transportation used about 24,000 gallons of compressed natural gas (CNG) in its specially equipped vehicles. With 21 CNG vehicles, 61 flexfuel (E85), three gasoline/electric hybrids, 24 biodiesel and 55 electric vehicles, OU Parking and Transportation reduces the University's consumption of fossil fuels. University Fleet Services has the capability of fueling vehicles with compressed natural gas. Ethanol and bio-diesel fueling capabilities are available at the Transportation Operations Center, which opened in November 2008.

Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART), which is open to the OU community and surrounding cities, is a viable alternative to personal transportation. CART transports more than 1.3 million riders annually as the community and campus transportation system. Not only does CART reduce emissions throughout Norman by decreasing the demand for personal vehicles, but it also operates its fleet on either compressed natural gas or biodiesel. Ridership on CART increased 15 percent over the last two years.

In addition, the University‚Äôs Vehicle Alternative Fuels Policy states that any new vehicles purchased must be capable of using an alternative fuel, unless it must be a specialized vehicle for which no model is available with an alternative fuel capacity. The policy states that any new small utility vehicles purchased must be electrically powered.