The description below outlines Pace policies, procedures, and practices in the area of transportation. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
In March 2011, Pace University adopted a "Vehicle Idling Policy" which applies to the operation of all university-owned vehicles, Pace University employees, students, external contractors, vendors, and others who deliver supplies or convey passengers to and from campus facilities. No vehicles shall idle on University grounds more than three (3) minutes, except as noted under “Exceptions” in the policy. The policy also contains facts, rationale, and helpful resources.
In 2007, The General Transportation Office at Pace University partnered with SOMS Technologies LLC , a local technology company, to pilot test their microGreen™ filters on Pace's fleet vans. The filters work to remove particulate matter which keeps the oil cleaner for a longer period of time. Oil changes are needed every 24,000 miles, instead of every 3,000. The filter is changed every 6,000 miles. The filters help run the vehicles more efficiently, reduce consumption and waste oil, and saves Pace money. On December 16, 2008, SOMS Technologies LLC announced that Pace University is using the microGreen™ extended performance oil filter in its entire fleet of campus vehicles. Read press release.
There are many ways to make a change in your life to help the environment. Consider the following next time you need to get to and from campus, or just from one side of campus to the other.
Walk instead of drive! In Pleasantville, the campus is filled with natural beauty, it even has a nature trail. Consider finding a scenic route to your next class, you may even find it takes less time to walk than to drive across campus.
Look into ride sharing! There are free online services, such as NuRide that help link car travelers together to share rides. You can even earn rewards for taking cars off the road!
Need help figuring out a mass transit route? MetroPool can help! Sponsored by the New York State and Connecticut Transportation Departments, they exist to help you, and to help the environment.
It is possible to run a bus on pure vegetable oil! As part of a student project, environmental studies major Steve Polacek ('06) worked with the Transportation Department to pilot test the conversion.
Pace Energy Manager, Bill Batina, is working with the Transportation Department and Pace's Environmental Center in Pleasantville on implementing a more permanent installment of a cleaner Pace bus. It would run on vegetable oil or biodiesel for shuttle runs between Pleasantville and Briarcliff.
New York City
The Alliance for Downtown New York, with support from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, has launched Bike Around Downtown, a free bicycle rental program in Lower Manhattan. The Pace Community can take advantage of this service. Once you register, you can reserve one of 30 free bicycles available for each session (three sessions Monday through Friday, and two sessions on Saturday and Sunday). Rentals can be picked up at Bike and Roll NYC, located at the South Street Seaport.
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