by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
Effective Oct. 1, Montgomery County Community College phased out its courier system between Central and West campuses and began employing the Campus Shuttle to transport mail and other materials. The College had been using a 1997 Dodge 15-passenger van, making the entire run between Pottstown and Blue Bell. With stops at the former Norristown Resource Center and the Municipal Police Academy in Conshohocken, the round-trip distance was 72 miles.
Annual mileage for the courier service, based five trips per week, 50 weeks per year was approximately 18,000 miles:
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By plugging those 18,000 miles into a Carbon Calculator, Director of Facilities Management Charles Scandone found that equates to a savings of 12.5 metric tons of carbon per year. With this one simple change, Montgomery County Community College has gone ”greener” by reducing carbon emissions.
“We considered purchasing a newer vehicle,” Scandone said. “However, the consolidation with the Shuttle eliminated the need to do so.”
The College is not only saving the environment from further pollution. It is saving money. The Dodge van averages 15 miles per gallon of gasoline; working with an average fuel cost of $3.59 per gallon, Scandone figured the annual savings would be greater than $4,300. Factor in the reduced cost associated with man-hours spent driving and Montgomery County Community College has identified another way to maximize its efficiency, while adding an additional person to the West Campus Facilities team.