Tufts Goes Green With Zero Police Motorcycle


Responding to Tufts University’s sustainability goals, established in 2012 by Tufts President Anthony Monaco, the Grafton campus will now have a Police Special Zero motorcycle in the paddock.  Grafton is the site of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the first veterinary school in New England, founded in 1978.

The primary motivation for the purchase is the economy of riding electric, according to Sgt.Glenn McCune, of Tufts University Police:

“Each mile ridden on an electric motorcycle is considerably less expensive due to the elimination of routine engine maintenance and gas expenses,” he said. “When compared to standard gas-operated vehicles, we’ll start making back our investment on day one.”
04/22/2015 - Grafton, MA - Tufts University Police Sergeant, Glenn McCune, poses with the electric motorcycle that the Police will be using on the campus of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Massachusetts on April 22, 2015. (Matthew Healey for Tufts University)

Sergeant McCune stylin’ on the Zero (photo: Matthew Healey for Tufts University)

As well as being the a groundbreaker in the New England veterinary scene, Tufts set the bar for collegiate sustainability practices:

…In 2012, Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco established a Sustainability Council which has identified ways to reduce campus waste, energy and water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.  Campus sustainability has been a decades-long priority; in 1990, Tufts developed the first university environmental policy and launched the international Talloires Declaration, now endorsed by 433 university leaders worldwide.

Also, apparently with two officers and only one cruiser on the Grafton campus, the Zero is a good fit:

With the veterinary school’s unique layout of open fields and an expanse of wooded areas, another vehicle allows the officers to patrol more of the campus in less time, and better leverage its assigned staff.

Read the full story here: Tufts PD Goes Green with Electric Motorcycle

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