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More March Features:

Campus School is Among Best
Recycling Initiative Gains Steam
U of M Effort to Clean Memphis
U of M's 'Blue' Patrol Turns Green
DAA Gala: Year of the Tiger
Skloot's Book is Best-Seller
AUSP Joins Effort in Caribbean
Magnani Discovers Fault Line
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March 2010 Briefs

Boom-a-lacka, boom-a-lacka... This was the beginning of the 1920-1921 Lady Tigresses cheer that started every game that season. Read more

Green Thumb: A variety of plants identified by NASA as top air cleaners are part of a campus study in reductions in heating and cooling costs. Read more

The University of Memphis's Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy has appointed Dr. Jeffrey S. Lowe as associate director of its newly-established Mid-Sized Cities Policy Research Institute.

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis has awarded a $500,000 renewable grant this year toward a $2.5 million conditional pledge over five years to the U of M to assist the School of Public Health, formed in July 2009, in obtaining its national accreditation.

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U of M's 'blue' adds a shade of green to patrols

By Greg Russell

Call them the “green police.”

In keeping with the University’s “green theme,” the U of M’s campus police department has a new look, which is already amounting to savings in more ways than one. The University’s first hybrid patrol vehicle — a Ford Escape — has been added to the fleet and is being put to wise use.

Campus police officers Ryan Craft (left) and Glenda Bowie with the new hybrid patrol vehicle at the School of Law building in downtown Memphis. The U of M's Department of Police Services is largely responsible for the University's status as the safest metropolitan campus in the state. (Photo by Lindsey Lissau)
Campus police officers Ryan Craft (left) and Glenda Bowie with the new hybrid patrol vehicle at the School of Law building in downtown Memphis. The U of M's Department of Police Services is largely responsible for the University's status as the safest metropolitan
campus in the state. (Photo by Lindsey Lissau)

“We were looking for something that would be economical in which the officers can commute daily to the downtown Law School,” said U of M Police Services Director Bruce Harber, who noted that campus police make three or more patrols per day to the new location of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We plan on getting another one or two soon, and if they work out, perhaps replace our fleet over time with hybrids. With the driving patterns around campus — stopping, starting and the 25 mph speed limits — we think the savings will be significant since the vehicles will run on electric power at low speeds and while idling. There should be environmental benefits such as a reduction in the use of fuel and reduced emissions due to the electric power.”

Police Services was asked to reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, but according to Deputy Director Derek Myers, the department was able to triple the reduction.

“Capt. (Kevin) Langellier has been watching our fuel consumption closely and we reduced use by 30 percent

for the regular fleet last year by actively encouraging the officers to park and turn off the cars as much as possible, while engaging in alternative patrol methods, such as foot and bike patrols,” Myers said.

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