Go to USC home page USC Logo
  facebook twitter
Welcome Office of Business & Finance

In a continuing effort to develop itself into a role model as a sustainable community, the University of South Carolina has taken a role in using biodiesel and Alternate Fuel Vehicle’s (AFV’s) on campus.

For more information on the Genesis 2015 Initiative and other VMPS initiatives, please see the Transportation Innovation Initiative website at www.sc.edu/TII
Get the full story on the Genesis 2015 Initiative in this article from The State : http://www.thestate.com/local/story/1052485.html
April 2010 - Officially its known as a hybrid-electric fuel cell transit bus, but most people just call it the hydrogen bus - and its been plying the streets of Columbia, S.C., for several months now. The 37-passenger bus, which has traveled across the country, is part of a Federal Transit Administration demonstration project to test the viability of hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transportation. University of South Carolina engineering faculty are helping measure the performance of bus during its one-year operation in Columbia. Click here to view video.
November 2009 - Vehicle Management & Parking Services has announced it's Genesis 2015 Initiative. This is a plan to convert all U.S.C. vehicles to some form of alternate fuel by the year 2015. More information can be found at here .
2009 - The U.S. Department of Energy has created an alternative fuel station locator that can be viewed here:
2009 - USC will be taking part in the testing and demonstration of a hydrogen fuel-cell transit bus. Vehicle Management & Parking Services will be using this bus for one year on our shuttle routes and for special events. We are very excited to be a part of this project, and to be involved in promoting the use of hydrogen technology in South Carolina. More information on the bus and the project can be found at http://www.hydrogenhybridbus.com
You can also view WLTX's story here

Several departments have begun to use light duty electric vehicles instead of larger, gasoline powered vehicles. These vehicles are used primarily to service the "core" of campus. This area includes the Horseshoe, Gibbes Greene, the Bridge, and the College Street Brick Walk. Use of these light duty vehicles not only improves air quality, but protects the landscaped areas and brick walkways that the vehicles must cross.

One of the initial intentions of the use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles was to encourage other departments on campus and state agencies to consider and implement AFVs while increasing awareness of energy and air pollution issues among the students. The Dining Services department, Housing Maintenance, and Custodial Services use these vehicles to transport personnel, equipment and to make service calls to residence halls, academic areas, and business offices across campus. The Computer Services Division uses these vehicles to transport computers and make service calls as well. More information on electric vehicles can be found at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/electricity.html. University Housing has information on their electric vehicles at http://www.housing.sc.edu/AFV.asp.

The vision of the University is to incorporate several initiatives that will improve our environment on campus. We have increased campus walkways, bus routes, and the number of available bike racks. Bus in-lays have been implemented to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety while accessing buses on Sumter, Pendleton, and Barnwell Streets.

Vehicle Management will also be installing an ethanol (E85) fueling facility on campus. The University fleet already consists of several "Flex Fuel" vehicles that can run on either ethanol or gasoline. Once the facility is installed, it will greatly increase our use of Alternative Fuel. More information on ethanol can be found at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/ethanol/index.html