Sustainability Initiatives

Virtual Permit Lots

The implementation of a License Plate Recognition program in UGA parking lots and decks will create a convenient and efficient experience for parking customers by eliminating physical parking permits. Customers who purchase a parking space in a converted LPR lot will use their license plate as their permit, creating a sustainable and convenient customer experience. As of Fall 2017, UGA Transportation and Parking Services will have a total of 30 LPR parking areas and a total of 10,800 spaces. The following lots will be converted to virtual permit lots during the 2017-18 academic year: N01, N02, S04, S14, S16, S17, E13, E14, E15, E20, W05, W08, W10, and W11.

LED Lighting

UGA Transportation and Parking Services will install new, environmentally-friendly lighting in the Intramural Fields and Performing Arts Center parking decks. The installation of these new LED lights will create a well-lit area for customers. As a result of the brighter bulbs, the parking decks will become safer for patrons with the lack of shadows and clearer visibility from a distance as they enter and exit the parking deck. With the implementation of LED lighting at the IM and PAC deck, all of the parking decks at UGA will be equipped with state-of-the-art sustainable and safe lighting to create a positive parking experience for every customer.

Trayless Dining

Students at UGA can now save nearly 107,142 pounds of food and 16,550 gallons of water per semester by eating in a trayless dining system. Before removing trays from their five dining commons, UGA Food Services worked with the UGA Office of Sustainability to collect data on tryaless dining during a two-week pilot study. Snelling Dining Commons was set as the control. During the test’s first week, trays were provided in Snelling as normal. The plate waste that came through the tray return was measured by volume and weight. During the second week, trays were removed from Snelling and the same measurements were obtained. The water meter was also monitored to see how water usage would be affected with no trays to wash. The results showed a 26.7 percent reduction in plate waste and a 16.4 percent reduction in water usage during the week without trays.  Some of the many benefits of trayless dining include reducing waste, conserving water, and saving energy.  

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EV Charging Stations

Drivers of electric vehicles (EV) now have a place on campus to charge their vehicles thanks to a partnership between UGA Parking Services, the Facilities Management Division and the Office of Sustainability.   UGA’s North, South, and East Campus Decks now feature Level 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers, allowing electric vehicle owners to charge their car while on campus.

The chargers are a part of the ChargePoint Network and users may pay via their ChargePoint card or with a credit card. EV drivers will need to pay to access the deck or use their permit if assigned to one of the three decks.  Rates are $.75/hour for the first two hours and $1.50 for each additional hour.  Level 2 chargers are able to fully charge a vehicle in just two hours compared to longer charging times with Level 1 chargers.

Click here for more information about the ChargePoint Network and using the charger on campus.