We are looking at giving a parking permit discount to students, faculty and staff who drive hybrid cars.
We don't provide a discount, but we do have preferred parking spaces (close to the buildings) for certified energy efficient cars. That way, we invest in the sign once and keep collecting full parking fee.
Christopher D. Fulkerson Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services
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Mailing Address: Elon University, 2110 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
On our campus we decided not reserve parking for a particular vehicle type such as Hybrids, we reserve parking for all Fuel Efficient Vehicle (FEV), in desirable parking locations. To determine if a vehicle meets this FEV criteria we use the list of LEED-Qualified vehicles as defined by GreenerCars.org. No special permit type required (no discount) it's up to the driver to determine if they meet the criteria. On the parking signage we provide our sustainability website address which gives the driver a link to greener cars.
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I think a lot of this question depends upon what Regis is trying to achieve-presumably the idea is coupled with a commitment to environmental sustainability. I wonder if there might not be better ways to attain campus goals. As an example Stanford University does not provide parking discounts for hybrid vehicles-nor even for electric vehicles (https://transportation.stanford.edu/faq-about-electric-vehicle-charging-stanford). Why? According to their website: "We must balance our support of electric vehicles with our commitment to reducing the drive-alone rate during peak hours. First and foremost, we seek to encourage Stanford commuters to use alternative transportation to get to campus."
Could the money that would be used to provide discounts to hybrid vehicle drivers be better used by funding other initiatives?
Also, please consider that not all hybrid vehicles are created equal. While many Toyota Prius and Honda Insight models have combined (city/highway) fuel efficiencies of 45-55 miles per gallon, other models like the Ford Fusion or Kia Optima are closer to 40. Meanwhile the Buick Lacrosse hybrid offers 29 miles per gallon, and some high-end Mercedes, Acura, and Audi hybrids provide MPGs in the low 20s!
Some gasoline-only cars-say the Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris-attain combined MPGs of around 36, outperforming many hybrid vehicles.
Perhaps a carpool program could have a greater environmental impact, while also reducing parking demand and contributing to reduced traffic congestion on the Denver-area roads. There are easy ways to implement such programs. Even a Chevy Suburban getting a combined fuel-efficiency of only 16 miles per gallon is more efficient than a hybrid Toyota Highlander (28 MPG), if it is carrying as few as two passengers.
Please feel free to reach out to me offline, if you would like to discuss the ways in which university campuses have integrated sustainability into their parking and transportation programs.
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