MSU joins Department of Energy's workplace charging challenge

Michigan State University is demonstrating leadership in workplace sustainability by supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge - a national partnership program that aims to increase the number of employers offering workplace vehicle charging to 500 by 2018.

"The program helps MSU to connect with partners across the country," said Ann Erhardt, director of MSU Sustainability, "allowing us to share information about our unique electric vehicle infrastructure needs and challenges."

Employer-provided Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging serves as an attractive employee benefit, enhances organization sustainability efforts and signals leadership in adopting advanced technology. It also fills an important gap in the nation's PEV charging infrastructure, increasing consumer exposure and access to PEV charging opportunities.

MSU has five electric vehicle charging stations around campus: four stations in the south Spartan Stadium parking lot and one in the parking ramp of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

In addition to providing resources for electric vehicles on campus, MSU actively promotes other forms of eco-friendly transportation such as bicycling, public transit, carpooling and Zipcar. These efforts are helping to reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions while also providing a valuable benefit to MSU students, employees and visitors.