Part of our mission is to provide service while making the smallest impact on the environment as possible. We make environmentally friendly choices as often as we can.
At our new CityBus Center we included environmentally responsible elements:
Dusk-activated lighting in the lobby
Terrazo flooring throughout and ceramic tiles on the restroom walls
Hand dryers in restrooms
Motion-sensitive lighting in office and restrooms
Low-maintenance brick exterior
To help save on paper and printing costs, our board members switched to iPads to receive and read their board meeting agendas and minutes. This reduced paper and toner use by not having to print multiple reams of paper each month.
In July 2011, three wind turbines were constructed on our garage/administrative offices property using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas Energy Reduction program. The turbines generate energy and help offset pollutants such as CO2. The estimated cost savings is over $46,000 since its installation.
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Looking forward with our sustainability efforts, we’ve already completed a considerable amount of research and investigation on the feasibility of migrating to compressed natural gas (CNG) for our fleet. We started the process in 2012 with a public/private partnership and developed the plans for the CNG fueling station as well as the necessary building modifications.
We also worked with Wally Tyner, Purdue University James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics and co-director of the Purdue Center for Research on Energy Systems and Policy, and his team to investigate if we could reduce costs and emit fewer pollutants by converting our fleet to natural gas. Purdue University is located in our community and this was a fantastic opportunity to utilize local talent and resources for our agency.
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CityBus' commitment to environmental sustainability goes beyond just using hybrid buses. Now, the transit agency's administration and maintenance facilities in Lafayette, Indiana are being powered with renewable wind energy. The project significantly reduces CityBus' dependence upon electricity generated from fossil fuels, such as burning coal. Three wind turbines were constructed in July 2011 using funds from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program.