Transportation

Introduction

Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants that contribute to health problems such as heart and respiratory diseases and cancer. Due to disproportionate exposure, these health impacts are frequently more pronounced in low-income communities next to major transportation corridors. In addition, the extraction, production, and global distribution of fuels for transportation can damage environmentally and/or culturally significant ecosystems and may financially benefit hostile and/or oppressive governments. Institutions can positively impact human and ecological health and support local economies by modeling sustainable transportation systems.

364 resources

A Shareable Economy and the Use of Ride Shares

  • University of Louisville (KY)

A 'shareable economy' is where profit is still made, but the environmental impacts are mitigated or reduced. This type relies on the temporary ownership of goods and/or the purchase ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Bikes and Scooters on an Urban Campus

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)

Our campus has gone through two bike share launchings. For the first, we were ill prepared. We just let it happen. After six months, the provider pulled the bikes off ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

A Better Way To Move People on Campus

  • Polaris Industries (MN)

Your higher education campus needs to move people. Join us for a discussion on how to do it safely, sustainably and affordably. We will discuss outdated methods of campus transport ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Dynamics of Campus Interconnectivity: The Mobility-Energy-Productivity Metric

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Campuses are microcosms of emerging mobility advancement to connect people with opportunities, employment, goods, and services, and where modes such as bike and car shares, electric scooters, ride-sourcing, and ride-sharing ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Do It Yourself Employee E-Bike Purchase Programs

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) wants to encourage its employees to start commuting more sustainably, and with our hilly topography, electric bikes are a great choice. The problem we encountered is ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Financially Justifying Sustainable Transportation Changes Through Right-Sizing the Fleet

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Polaris Industries (MN)

The campus fleet is one of the most visible areas a university can make improvements to its sustainability. However, the vehicles have a job to do, so the solution needs ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Employer-Provided Mobility: Energy Efficient Commuting to Empower Early Career Workers

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Higher education prepares students to succeed in their careers. This should include the knowledge that those entering the job market have substantial power toward co-creation of sustainable economic practices. One ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Benefits of Technology Platforms for Improving Alternative Transit Modeshare

  • University of Denver (CO)

Biking is one of the most efficient, environmentally-friendly, and economically sustainable ways to travel in an urban environment. Not only does it have huge financial and environmental benefits by eliminating ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Charging Ahead: Plan and Collaborate to Support Electric Vehicle Adoption by Commuters and Fleets

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Vehicle electrification is creating new demands on universities to provide electrical charging stations for commuters, visitors, and campus-owned vehicles. Rapidly increasing demand for these services is evidenced by the exponential ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Safer Streets: Applying the Volpe National Side Guard Standard for Large Trucks on a Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In February 2018, Harvard University announced a new initiative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by becoming the first higher education institution on the East Coast to install side guards ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

How Providing Public Transit Passes Not Only Helps Students Financially, But Empowers Them Too

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Environmental Action Committee (EAC) is a student led campus organization working on sustainable initiatives that benefit both the campus and student body at Augsburg University. One of the group's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Don't pack your bags. We can create interactive, fun and transformative e-conferences.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)

Don't stress! Yes, conferences create connections and inspire new ideas; however, traveling to conferences costs time, money and increases our carbon footprint. But no, it's not the only ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Revolutionizing Transportation & Mobility Data Surveys with AI and Smart Phones: A pilot study

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)
  • B-Line Analytics (NS)

Data science, artificial intelligence and smart phones carry the potential to revolutionize transportation/mobility planning and scope 3 greenhouse house gas inventories. Traditional transportation surveys are conducted by hundreds of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Getting There from Here: Improving Data Collection and Reporting Related to Commuting Impacts

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

For more than a decade, tracking greenhouse gas emissions and other impacts of commuting has been one of the more crazy-making aspects of sustainability reporting and planning. In 2019, University ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Convincing Our Colleagues to Fly Less: Engaging Academics on E-Conferencing

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Academic conferences provide invaluable scholarly interaction, yet a reliance on air travel means conferencing has a big carbon footprint. Estimates suggest air travel can make up 15-30 per cent of ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

A proven methodology for calculating air miles traveled and associated emissions

  • Columbia University (NY)

Calculating Scope 3 emissions from university related travel can be difficult, especially if data is not being collected by a designated travel agent. Columbia University has implemented a methodology to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

A Switch to Zero-Emission Buses for Campus Transportation Helps More Than the Riders!

  • University of Montana (MT)
  • Proterra (CA)

Many Universities are committed to 'Greening' their campuses. By simply replacing one diesel bus the CO2 emissions are reduced by approximately 230,000 lbs. annually. This means that one bus ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Slow Conferencing: A Recipe for Connection in Troubled Times

  • University of Toronto (ON)

The international conference comes at a cost in terms of our carbon footprint, but it also comes at a cost in terms of building broad communities of interest - particularly for ...


The environmental footprint of academic and student mobility in a large research-oriented university

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Universite de Montreal (QC)

Academic mobility for field work, research dissemination and global outreach is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to the overall environmental footprint of research institutions. Student mobility, while less studied ...


Canada's colleges and universities among the greenest in the world

  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)
  • Mohawk College (ON)

CBC News shares the news that college and university campuses across Canada are some of the greenest schools in the world according to the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index.

  • Posted Sept. 30, 2019
  • Publications
  • View more

University of Vermont Eco-Reps “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” Transportation Campaign Case Study

  • University of Vermont (VT)

For UVM Eco-Reps’ first campaign of the 2018-19 academic year, we tackled issues related to how we move around. Whether it’s getting to class, work, or a friend’s ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2019
  • Case Studies
  • View more

University of Washington mailing delivery e-bike program

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

UW Mailing Services uses a fleet of electric-assist cargo bicycles to deliver nearly all mail deliveries to 455 departments across the university.


Academic air travel has a limited influence on professional success

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Lowering the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from air travel may be critical for avoiding dangerous levels of climate change, and yet some individuals perceive frequent air travel to be ...


Bike Share & Employee E-Bike Purchasing

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University recently established two electric bike programs to boost individual wellness and help reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Through an electric bike sharing program, students, faculty and staff ...


U-Bikes and Cyclab at Princeton University

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Princeton University's U-Bikes and Cyclab programs work to support sustainable development on campus. The U-Bikes programs takes abandoned bikes collected by Public Safety and repairs and reuses them in ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
  • Videos & Webinars
  • View more

Thompson Rivers University Bikeshare and Employee E-bike Purchase Program

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University began a simple bike share program with five bikes that was designed for students, staff and faculty to have access to bicycles for up to a week ...


Delivering difference: using e-bikes to deliver mail at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

With over 80,000 students, faculty, and staff on campus, it's difficult to comprehend the sheer number of packages, textbooks, course packets and dorm mail UW Mailing Services delivers ...


The Impact of Solar-assistance on Electric Golf Carts

  • Georgia College & State University (GA)

In the Condensed Matter Research Lab at Georgia College, we conducted a real-world experiment to quantify the impact of vehicle-mounted solar panels. Our campus golf cart fleet consists of both ...


Cross-Campus and Community Collaborative Bikeshare

  • Champlain College (VT)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

Champlain College and UVM played an integral role in advancing the timeline of bringing bikeshare to Chittenden County. With almost 75% of active Greenride members being affiliates of UVM and ...


Columbia University transitions to electric intercampus buses to reduce emissions by 70%

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) (NY)
  • New Flyer (MB)

In 2018, Columbia University introduced six new battery-electric transit-style buses to its intercampus shuttle network as a way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from campus operations, improve local air ...


UC Irvine’s Transition from a Bio-Diesel to Electric Transit Fleet

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is the first college campus in the nation to transition to a fully-electric bus fleet. The student-funded and student-operated Anteater Express campus shuttle service ...


An analysis of vehicular emissions at Kansas State University

  • California State University, Bakersfield (CA)
  • Kansas State University (KS)

There has been a wave of recent interest in understanding the dynamics of vehicular emissions in university towns. Using data from a recent survey of Kansas State University students, faculty ...


Mail and Courier Sustainability Project

  • University of Rochester (NY)

Patricia Van Valkenburgh, University of Rochester Class of 2019, developed, implemented, and completed an initiative to reduce gas emissions from the University Mail Services (UMS) mail fleet, which had recently ...


UMCycle Bike Kiosk and Cycle Plaza

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

The UMCycle Bike Kiosk offers a four-season community bike shop where University students, faculty, staff and surrounding community can come together to get their bikes serviced; connect with other cycle ...


Carpool Program

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)

This carpool program was created to lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce traffic and single-occupancy driving, and increase parking availability in our overcrowded parking lots on campus. A pilot program was ...


Parking demand management in a relatively uncongested university setting

  • McMaster University (ON)
  • Ryerson University (ON)

Although travel demand management (TDM) has featured more prominently in transportation planning and programs, its role in a university context is still emerging. University TDM efforts hold much potential, but ...

  • Posted April 30, 2019
  • Publications
  • View more

University of Miami Mobility Plan

  • University of Miami (FL)

Executive Summary The University of Miami is committed to programs and strategies that reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and maximize efficiency for moving to, from, within, and around its Coral Gables ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
  • Publications
  • View more

Colleges That Funded Scooter Startups Don’t Love Them on Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Bloomberg (NY)
  • Bird (CA)

This article examines why campus safety offices and the endowment managers may feel differently about scooter startups.

  • Posted March 30, 2019
  • Publications
  • View more

The sustainability of international higher education: Student mobility and global climate change

  • University of Bath

Much literature discusses higher education as an agent for sustainable development, but the extent to which higher education contributes to unsustainable economic and social systems receives less attention. This paper ...

  • Posted March 15, 2019
  • Publications
  • View more

Students’ mobility attitudes and sustainable transport mode choice

  • University of Bergamo

This study aims to explore the propensity of university students to use different sustainable transport modes, taking into account individual and specific trip characteristics, as well as students’ psychological traits ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2018
  • Publications
  • View more

Dockless Bikeshare Successes: Minimizing Risks Through Proactive Planning and Communication

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

Whether to reduce their carbon footprint, alleviate parking pains or address the first/last mile challenge for alternative commuters, institutions are increasingly looking to shared dockless mobility devices such as ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Mitigating Air Travel Emissions: Measuring, Pricing and Collaboration

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Presenters will discuss their approaches to tracking airline miles, estimating emissions, and counter-acting these emissions. Carbon neutral air travel requires data availability to accurately estimate emissions, but perhaps a larger ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

The Case Study of Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Programs at Eight US Universities

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Many universities across the US address sustainability on campus and aim at reducing the environmental footprint. Universities' strategies to reduce the carbon footprint include promoting alternative modes of travel, such ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Alternative Transportation in the Rural Context

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

SUNY Cortland and other smaller comprehensive colleges function as economic drivers to the local economy, and especially in the case of smaller colleges located in more rural settings. In this ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Designing Despite the Department of Transportation

  • College of Charleston (SC)

In a state, South Caroline, that is lacking in alternative transportation infrastructure and can barely maintain the infrastructure, how can a place of higher learning creative transportation? Most roads in ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

A Sustainable Parking Framework and Strategies to Encourage More Sustainable Transportation

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is transitioning from a commuter campus to an urban campus with a vibrant heart. Guiding the process are strategic sustainable priorities consistent with the United Nations ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Environmental Impact and Cost Savings Data for Low Speed Electric Vehicles on College Campuses

  • Polaris Industries (MN)

In this discussion we will review environmental and financial data from two separate universities that have reduced their carbon footprint and the cost of their campus fleet operations through the ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainable for Your Bottom Line: Electric Buses and Simple Infrastructure for Your Campus Fleet.

  • Proterra (CA)

Campuses are growing and evolving, and with that, our transportation needs are changing. Now more than ever, we need smart solutions that provide safer, more reliable and cleaner transit. As ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

Sustainable Transportation Solutions

  • Polaris Industries (MN)

College and universities frequently struggle to meet state sustainability mandates while maintaining a strict transportation budget. Also, as student populations grow and traffic becomes a greater problem safety is also ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

From Cars to Bikes - A Campus Transformation

  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) (IN)

The transformation of physical environments on college campuses typically comes in the form of a formal master planning effort with great vision and fanfare. BUT there are other, more granular ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
  • Conference Presentations
  • View more

This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Transportation Partners

Gator Moto Utility Vehicles and More, LLC

Atlantic Beach, FL
Business Affiliate

Innova EV

Burr Ridge, IL
Business Affiliate
The Dash EV provides autonomous mobility that fills the gap between walking, biking and public transportation.

Moto Electric Vehicles

Atlantic Beach, FL
Business Affiliate