PRESS RELEASE: Columbia U. Mens’ Basketball Team rides to “victory” on Greenways biodiesel bus

This entry was posted Wednesday, 18 January, 2012 at 11:03 am

On January 7-8, 2012, Columbia University Mens’ Basketball team
traveled from Greensboro PTI Aiport to Elon and back on a biodiesel bus,
the first ground transportation by such means by an Ivy League conference NCAA team.

University travel by teams, faculty, students and staff is usually the third largest carbon footprint of a campus after buildings and daily commuters.   Greenway Transit of Durham, NC has developed a software program that calculates the footprint of any transit gig, giving the estimated footprint reduction by riding in a biodiesel bus.

Greenway Transit Footprint Report for
Columbia Mens’ Basketball Team:

260.0 miles where traveled In the a 47 passenger MCI Bus
with 28 occupants, using about 52. gallons of fuel.

CO2e and Crud totals for the trip and per person…
227.54 Pounds of CO2e for the TRIP TOTAL
8.12 Pounds of CO2e per person
1.96 Pounds of HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM for the TRIP TOTAL
0.07 Pounds of HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM per person

Comparing per capita B100 emissions against those of gasoline and diesel in units of pounds…
1001.05 Pounds fewer of CO2e produced by each person than with gas in an average light duty vehicle with one occupant.

Same as above in percentages…
99.19  Percent less net CO2e produced by each person than if using gasoline in a 2008-average light duty vehicle with one occupant

99.74 Percent less non-GHG air pollutants produced by each person than with gas in an average light duty vehicle with one occupant

Comparing gross trip emissions against those of gasoline and diesel in percentages…
77.45 Percent less CO2e overall than with gasoline in an average light duty vehicle
92.88 Percent less HC/CO/NOx/VOCs/PM overall than with gasoline in an average light duty vehicle

This was a major achievement on top of wining their 11th game of the season, and allowed the Columbia Lions to move their University down the road towards lowering their footprint.  Student athletes were impressed with the opportunity to lower their footprint and by the informative speech given to each Greenway group before their trip.

Biodiesel made from locally collected waste vegetable oil (WVO) has nearly a zero carbon footprint and significantly reduces other air pollutant emissions.  Combined with idle reduction and minimization of traveled miles through planning and logistics, which Greenway Transit practices, University travel footprints can be lowered.

“The key to future reductions will be high mpg vehicles, that combine carbon or composite fiber to lighten and strengthen vehicles and hybrid systems that store braked energy and help vehicles accelerate (where most of the energy is used),”  states Greenway Manager, Marc Dreyfors, “well, getting public policy that puts a price on carbon and finding and developing additional sources of sustainable, biofuel feedstock are also critical.”  He continued, “okay, we may have a long way to go to reduce our footprint, but this is at least a start!”

Greenway Transit is working with The Forest Foundation and Carolina Biodiesel to develop a franchise model for value-adding waste veggie oil, to biodiesel, to green transportation for university and college towns across the US.  For more information on how you can lower your University campus teams footprint, contact Greenway Transit at