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University transportation system: Project study

TitleUniversity transportation system: Project study
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsBahnmann, B., and G. Schreiber
Abstract

Universities have historically dealt with issues from a purely academic perspective. However, in recent years, they have begun to realize the need to apply the academics to their own operations. This allows universities to not only be at the forefront in ideas, but also in practices. The increasing awareness of environmental degradation prompted the University of Waterloo (U of W) to establish an Environment Faculty over 20 years ago. Recently, the need for action along with academics has urged the University to commit itself to combining these two (action and academics) in study. One way the U of W is doing so is through the WATGREEN program. This looks at the University’s operations from an environmental perspective. “Greening the Campus”, ERS 285, is one of the courses resulting from this commitment. In this course, the University is viewed as a system, comprised of many sub-systems which students critically evaluate. This report is a result of an evaluation of the University system. Its focus is on the transportation system, one of the sub-systems of the University of Waterloo. This system included 73 vehicles, all of which are separately owned by the various departments. Our purpose in studying this particular system is to discover how the University of Waterloo organizes and uses its vehicles. It is also an attempt to find out how efficiently and appropriately the University vehicles are used, and possible identify areas needing improvement. This study looks at the system from an environmental impact point of view in terms of resource use efficiency. This would also be of interest to the University administration since resource use efficiency is likely to mean a reduction in use (of fuel and vehicles), thus lowering cost… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca