Club Car grant program electrifies campus fleets and sustainability efforts

August 23, 2019 | Club Car 

Say “sustainability” and it’s likely to conjure images of wind turbines, solar panels and green buildings. Maybe even a charging station and plug-in sedan. However, in the context of a college or university campus, electric vehicles (EVs) for operations and facility teams may not be the most immediate association. But it’s apt — one that’s gaining prominence as schools look to meet environmental commitments, and attract students, academics and staff.

Not only do vehicles account for a majority of the world’s emissions, but they also consume massive amounts of energy. A fleet that’s at least partially powered by lower-carbon resources meets dual needs, energy and cost-efficiency.

Plus, choices extend far beyond trucks and vans with small-wheeled, fuel-efficient vehicles capable of handling everyday tasks and demanding jobs, which give universities the option to scale and tailor fleets to their specific needs.

These vehicles are a highly visible reminder of the school’s dedication to sustainable practices.

In recognizing the role transportation plays within sustainable campuses, Club Car has launched a Campus Sustainability Grant Program, an initiative to help colleges and universities in the transition to greener fleets.

“The ‘want’ is there, but we know there are barriers,” said Kathryn Sterba, Higher Education Marketing Leader at Club Car. “Not only are we challenging schools to think creatively about how transportation and sustainability strategies align – we’re providing resources to help schools propel their efforts forward.”

While colleges and universities are increasingly prioritizing (and evaluated on) sustainability initiatives, many don’t consider the role of operations, maintenance and grounds fleets in meeting their goals. According to AASHE, sustainable fleet management can lower fuel costs, improve air quality, and reduce vehicle procurement and maintenance costs.

Club Car makes Carryall utility and transport vehicles, including a range of EVs, for a wide variety of functions on campus – from building management to landscaping to athletics. The company created the grant program to connect sustainability and fleet decision-makers, and to help them overcome the perpetual challenge of finding the time and resources to explore new transportation options.

Through the program, Club Car will award:

  • One applicant with a grant to be used for the purchase of a customized Club Car vehicle.
  • Three applicants with a comprehensive transportation fleet audit, which provides a department-by-department review of current vehicles, a survey of when and how those vehicles are used, and an analysis of the environmental and economic impact of updating and right-sizing fleets with electric utility vehicles.

Schools must submit an application at Clubcar.com by August 31, 2019, to be eligible for a grant, answering questions about their campus fleet, sustainability strategy and how transportation can support environmental goals.

About Ingersoll Rand and Club Car

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands – including Club Car®Ingersoll Rand®Thermo King® and Trane® – work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. The Ingersoll Rand charitable foundation centers on social and environmental imperatives that create lasting value and improve our communities globally. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.

With over 60 years of experience of innovation and design in producing small-wheel vehicles, Club Car is a leading manufacturer of gas and electric golf, utility and personal transportation vehicles. Founded in 1958, the Club Car product portfolio has grown to include much more than golf cars, now encompassing vehicles for commercial and consumer markets, built with an uncompromised desire for superior performance. As an industry leader in electrification and sustainability, Club Car is proud to be on the forefront of environmentally responsible Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) technologies. For more information, visit www.clubcar.com