UNCW Taking Part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s "Charging Challenge"

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

UNCW is joining colleges and universities across the nation as a partner in the “Workplace Charging Challenge,” by offering electric vehicle charging stations to its employees.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Workplace Charging Challenge to support these charging efforts. Higher education campuses are among a growing number of organizations at the forefront of promoting plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption and its associated charging infrastructure. PEV charging stations play an important role in achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.

“UNCW has joined the Workplace Charging Challenge as a testimony to the university’s ongoing support of sustainable transportation and a declaration to continue this particular service,” said Kat Pohlman, campus sustainability coordinator.

UNCW offers PEV charging stations in the campus parking deck. Having access to charging stations is one of many campus sustainability features that earned UNCW a Silver rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS™).

Electric vehicles are an important part of reducing UNCW’s greenhouse gas footprint to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. A certified bike-friendly university, UNCW also offers a communal shuttle system and electric golf carts.

-- Caroline Cropp