The University of Pittsburgh is expanding its existing partnership with Enterprise and entering into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management. The partnership will help the University of Pittsburgh reduce costs and upgrade its fleet with alternative energy vehicles, which will further support the university’s commitment to making the campus carbon neutral by 2037.
Enterprise and the University of Pittsburgh have maintained a long-standing partnership for the past 20 years. In fact, the university currently partners with Enterprise to meet its business rental, truck rental, and vanpooling needs.
Enterprise Fleet Management will lease a total of 268 electric and hybrid vehicles to the University of Pittsburgh, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of new, well-maintained vehicles that use greener vehicle technology. To start, 32 new vehicles – including pickup trucks, cargo vans, and passenger vans – will be delivered for use by the University of Pittsburgh’s facilities department, faculty, and staff. Overall, the agreement is projected to save the university $750,000 over the next five years.
Under the new fleet agreement, Enterprise Fleet Management will also provide routine vehicle maintenance. In addition, Enterprise will use its remarketing expertise to determine the optimal time for replacing vehicles once they have reached the end of their lifecycle, ensuring that the university achieves higher resale values.
Achieving a Fully Carbon-Neutral Campus
The University of Pittsburgh has developed an extensive sustainability plan with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2037, which is also the university’s 250th anniversary.
The plan will build on previous sustainability efforts and rely on partnerships, increased building and infrastructure efficiencies, use of renewable energy sources, and other measures being implemented on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus.
Enterprise Fleet Management will provide services and preferred pricing to the University of Pittsburgh through its membership with E&I Cooperative Services, a nonprofit purchasing cooperative serving the needs of higher education institutions.