NREL's transportation infrastructure and programs are designed to significantly reduce petroleum use campus-wide.
Fleet Reduction and Alternative Fuel Vehicles
NREL makes every effort to right-size its vehicle fleet, which currently consists of 43 vehicles. Of those, 62% is made up of alternative fuel vehicles, including those fueled by E-85 fuel (85% ethanol) and hybrid vehicles.
NREL encourages staff to use alternative transportation when commuting to work and moving between facilities during the day by providing:
- Free access to the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) public transportation with EcoPasses, which include unlimited regional, local, light rail, and SkyRide service to and from the Denver International Airport for NREL employees
- RTD bus stops located at two of NREL's South Table Mountain Campus entrances
- Monthly vanpool vouchers for employees
- A regional rideshare matching service
- Electric vehicle charging stations in the main employee parking garage
- Conveniently located bicycle racks, lockers, bicycle repair stations, and showers
- Campus infrastructure that prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Parking and Shuttles
Incentive parking spaces are provided for high-occupancy vehicles such as carpools and vanpools at the parking garage and near other NREL buildings, where feasible. The parking garage also reserves 90 preferred spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Alternative-fuel shuttles transport staff to and from bus stops and local RTD hubs. Shuttles also transport staff to NREL’s facilities, reducing the amount of single-occupant vehicle trips throughout the day.
Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules
Staff can participate in both NREL's telecommuting and alternative work schedule (AWS) programs, reducing the number of days staff members commute to the laboratory. Approximately 27% of NREL staff telecommutes at least one day per week, and approximately 35% of NREL staff work an AWS.
Teleconferencing and videoconferencing capabilities are available to all staff, reducing the need to travel to meetings. This not only reduces the number of cars on the road, but also reduces the number of airline tickets purchased.
NREL has earned the U.S Department of Energy 2016 Sustainability Recognition, Workplace Charging Challenge and several other federal, state, and local transportation and sustainability awards. Learn More.