Millersville University recently installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the McComsey parking lot across from the Lombardo Welcome Center, the University’s first zero energy building. The University was able to do this, in part, through a $10,000 grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as part of the Driving PA Forward program.
The Driving PA Forward program provides funds to business owners, government and non-profit organizations in the state to support advanced transportation technologies, reduce emissions and create cleaner air.
This recent installation, which was accomplished through the Facilities Management Department with support of the Purchasing Office and the Office of Sustainability, makes a total of six EV charging stations across campus. They are located in the McComsey, McNairy Library and Stayer Hall parking lots.
These EV charging stations support MU’s climate action plan, which was updated this past spring and includes a goal to be carbon neutral by 2040, in part through use of advanced transportation technologies such as electric vehicles.
“Electric vehicles are a transformative technology that can help move us to a low-carbon future,” said Millersville Sustainability Director Chris Steuer. “To maximize their benefit, it’s helpful to power them using renewable energy, which is why we’re excited that our new charging stations are located directly across from our new zero energy Lombardo Welcome Center.”
The new EV stations were installed on the tail of the American Lung Association’s 20th Annual Air Quality Report, which ranked Lancaster County as the 15th worst in the country for fine particle pollution. The ranking marks an improvement over the previous year when it was ranked 8th worst. According to the report, the levels no longer violate the national air quality standard.