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.

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The Paradox of Public Transport Peak Spreading: Universities and Travel Demand Management

  • University of Sydney

The characteristics which make public transport attractive and contribute to high public transport use by specific market segments create the paradox in which encouragement of peak spreading of public transport ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Commuting to college: The effectiveness and social efficiency of transportation demand management policies

Commuting is the single largest impact a University has on the environment and represents a noticeable share of urban traffic, when the University is located within a city. There is ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Factors associated with students' parking-pass purchase decisions: Evidence from an American University

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

The primary objective of this research is to provide an in-depth understanding about factors affecting university students' parking-pass purchase decisions by integrating concepts and variables developed in various disciplines. A ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Potential of Carpooling among Unfamiliar Users: Case of Undergraduate Students at Istanbul Technical University

This paper analyzes the passenger-carpooling potential among undergraduate students using a model for estimating choice based on combined revealed and stated preference data. The data are obtained from a survey ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield

  • University of Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Cycling has a range of health, environmental and economic benefits compared with motorised forms of transport. There is a need to encourage more cycling, yet previous evaluations of cycling promotion ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Sustainable transport challenges in a suburban university: The case of the Autonomous University of Barcelona

This paper provides detailed accounts of the transport patterns at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), including its motivations, barriers and user preferences, and explores the main transport challenges faced ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Photos from Colorado State University

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Posted Sept. 23, 2016
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Loyola Chicago Transportation Images

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Columbia University Bike-Share Program

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Zagster (MA)

Columbia recognizes the many benefits of bicycle travel and is continuing its efforts towards growing bike culture as part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable Columbia ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Timber Frame Bike Shelter

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Renewable Energy & Ecological Design Major (REED) Adam Zais '16 building a Timber Frame bike shelter on campus.

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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DoubleMap Bus Tracking Systems

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Students at Indiana University Bloomington formed the DoubleMap startup company and developed the DoubleMap bus tracking system in collaboration with campus stakeholders and with financial assistance from the IU Student ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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University of Washington Transportation

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Over 20 percent of University of Washington, Seattle’s fleet are hybrid or 100% electric vehicles. UW Fleet Services added 14 electric vehicles in 2015, and has also expanded the ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Pomona College: Bike-Friendly Campus

  • Pomona College (CA)

Pomona College is a bicycle-friendly campus with 1,600 bike racks and over 300 "Green Bikes" available for checkout during the school year for free. Pomona College also has Zipcars ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station)

  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University, Los Angeles Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility (H2 Station) opened on May 7, 2014. The station is capable of producing hydrogen onsite from 100% renewable energy ...


Town-Gown Showdown National Bike Challenge at UW-Milwaukee

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a founding and leading partner in the Town-Gown Showdown, a nationally ranked team that is part of the National Bike Challenge. The Challenge provides an online ...


Sustainable Mobility for the Future: Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Transportation Planning Course

  • Bucknell University (PA)

The field of transportation engineering has become more sustainable as challenges of the twenty-first century continue. Sustainable mobility topics such as pedestrian and cycling travel, smart growth development, and transit-oriented ...

  • Posted July 18, 2016
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Go Green at Oakton

  • Oakton Community College (IL)

Created in house by our Media Services Department, this video was developed as an introduction of sustainable initiatives at Oakton Community College to students and campus visitors. We focused on ...

  • Posted July 1, 2016
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ReCycle Bikes

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TX)

ReCycle Bikes is a bike rental program designed to allow students, who demonstrate a need, access to free, eco-friendly transportation in exchange for sustainability project-related volunteer hours and peer-to-peer education ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Point of Departure: Place Making and Identity Via Integrated, Didactic & Sustainable Transit Shelters

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The College of Design (CoD) & The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) saw an opportunity to advance the University of Kentucky’s sustainability agenda by developing real world projects ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Commuting Behavior and Transportation Preferences of the CSUN Community

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In 2010 California State University, Northridge (CSUN) conducted its first complete survey of the commuting habits of its staff, faculty and students. Here we report on the results of our ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Bike Share Program

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

In 2014 a student group researched transportation alternatives on campus and recommended a community bike share program. In 2015, another student group further developed the bike share option by conducting ...


Lowell Canal Bridges TIGER Grant: Campus-Community Partnerships Leveraging Transformative Change

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is a fast growing university nestled within our host community of the City of Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell enjoys an authentic urban character structured ...


Sustainable Fleet at Yale University

  • Yale University (CT)

At Yale University, transportation is vital to the University's operation. Fleet Management is a department that has gone to tremendous lengths to provide exceptional transit services for the entire ...


Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions (SCORE)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Stanford Athletic Department boasts 36 varsity sports teams and over 900 student-athletes. These teams travel all over the country to compete at the highest levels of collegiate competition, but ...


USF “Share-A-Bull” Bicycle-Share Program

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Deployed a smart bike-sharing program with 100 GPS enabled bikes, multiple bicycle parking stations, and a mobile phone app to facilitate locating, reserving and returning bikes. With this program, USF ...


Zygmunt, the electric car

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico, and there is about 2 million cars. This amount of vehicles creates traffic jams, pollute the air and chaos. According to the ...


Academic Jet-Setting in a Time of Climate Destabilization: Ecological Privilege and Professional Geographic Travel

  • Vassar College (NY)

This article analyzes the interrelationship among resource consumption, sociospatial justice, and what is popularly known as global warming by interrogating the ecological footprint of professional geographers, especially in terms of ...


The Carbon Footprint of Conference Papers

The action required to stem the environmental and social implications of climate change depends crucially on how humankind shapes technology, economy, lifestyle and policy. With transport CO2 emissions accounting for ...


Sustainable Science? Reducing the Carbon Impact of Scientific Mega-Meetings

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of North Texas (TX)

Scientists across the globe recognize the importance of reducing carbon emissions to combat climate change. At the same time, we have increased our carbon footprint through air travel to the ...


Responsible academia: optimizing conference locations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions

  • Florida International University (FL)

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to many scientists, including ecologists and conservation biologists, are often much greater than those attributable to average non-scientists (Fox et al. 2009, Synolakis and ...


Carbon footprint of science: More than flying

  • University of Leuven

Previous efforts to evaluate the climate change impact of researchers have focused mainly on transport related impact of conference attendance, and infrastructure. Because these represent only a part of the ...


Academic mobility in the Anthropocene era: a comparative study of university policy at three New Zealand institutions

  • University of Otago
  • University of Auckland

Anthropogenic climate change is a wicked problem, requiring fundamental behavioural and technological responses now, in the Anthropocene, a term denoting the current era of human dominance of biological, chemical and ...


Pedal-powered smoothies to celebrate Earth Day at Case Western Reserve University!

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

We borrowed a bike-powered blender (a Fender Blender) from our on-site gym and had a few of our Sustainability Ambassadors help students and visiting families make their own pedal-powered smoothies ...


College campuses are working to lessen parking pains

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • Santa Monica College (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

Campuses are building new lots, but also promoting bike-sharing, subsidizing bus passes, joining forces with Uber to create car pools and looking at other alternatives to reduce pressure on campus ...


Smooth(ie) Pedal-Power at Southern Oregon University's Earth Week Transportation Options Grill-Out

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

Southern Oregon University Bike Program and ECOS volunteers cheer on a student who's "crushing it" on the bike blender! ECOS- the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center of SOU hosted ...

  • Posted April 27, 2016
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Flying along the supply chain: accounting for emissions from student air travel in the higher education sector

Higher education institutions (HEIs) can play a key role in facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy, where reporting greenhouse gas emissions is an important step in this process ...

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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Bicycle Friendly University Program

  • League of American Bicyclists (DC)

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. Specifically, it evaluates applicants’ efforts to ...


A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation Policy

Universities and colleges across the country are taking steps to encourage their communities, students, faculty and staff to decrease their reliance on personal vehicles. These efforts are working well – saving ...

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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List of Universities with Bicycle Sharing Programs

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Editable Google Doc containing a list of universities with bike sharing programs, including funding information, year started, and additional notes. Feel free to add your campus bicycle sharing program to ...


Conducting a Transportation Study at a Commuter School - Kwantlen Student Association

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) is a not for profit organization that operates independently of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) administration. The KSA focuses on providing support for its members ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Least Car-Friendly - Commuter options for an urban campus

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

In 2011, US News and World Report published a story on the top 10 'Least Car Friendly' Universities in the nation. Loyola University Chicago has taken this as a badge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Parking is Not Free: How Sustainable Transportation is Paying Off

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • Nelson/Nygaard (CA)

Sustainable campus transportation is not just a commitment or environmental goal, it is becoming a financial necessity that institutions large, small, rich, and poor are trying to implement smartly. Demand ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bike Commuting Counts! Rewarding Bicycle Transportation with ZAP

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Dero Bike Rack Co. (MN)

Traffic congestion, obesity, and environmental conservation are receiving critical attention both nationwide and globally. North American institutions of higher education are at the forefront of efforts to understand and ameliorate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Step Away from the Car: Transforming Student Travel, One Haunted Bus and Hipster Bike Ride at a Time

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)
  • Alta Planning + Design (MN)

Southern Oregon University has gone all-in to help its students break their driving habits. No excuse is safe! Want to drive home midday for an afternoon siesta? No need – there ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Applying geographic information systems (GIS) and survey data to transportation demand management

  • Skyline College (CA)
  • University of San Francisco (CA)

In 2013, Skyline College launched a transportation initiative to improve access for students and employees and make travel to campus more efficient and equitable while reducing reliance on single-occupancy vehicles ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Four years on Green Bikes in Alaska

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)

Biking may not be an obvious choice for green transportation in the far north, but a student funded bike-loaner program at University of Alaska has demonstrated biking year round is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bike sharing service at Kyoto University

  • Kyoto University

Bicycles are a laudable and sustainable form of transportation for universities in Japan but they also create some problems. An estimated 16,500 bicycles are currently used on campus at ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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NYU's Bike Share Program: From Student Grant to Reality

  • New York University (NY)

A case study on the implementation and operation of NYU's Bike Share program. How it became a University wide initiative from a Green Grant awarded to NYU students, which ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Taking it to the Streets: Butler University's Sunset Avenue Complete Street Reconstruction Project Case Study

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Williams Creek Consulting (IN)

Butler University's campus in Indianapolis, Indiana is located adjacent to the Indiana Central Canal and White River. The majority of Butler's stormwater discharges directly to these waterways and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Minting Gold; Creating a Gold-level Bicycle-Friendly University at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Nearly a third of greenhouse emissions are generated by the transportation sector. Oftentimes universities and colleges are one of the largest traffic generators in their communities. The cost of maintaining ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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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

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Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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Transportation Partners

Gator Moto Utility Vehicles and More, LLC

Atlantic Beach, FL
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Innova EV

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

Moto Electric Vehicles

Atlantic Beach, FL
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