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Transportation services department brings sustainable programs to students, faculty, and staff at SCU
Wednesday, May. 1, 2013
If you were to walk through Santa Clara University’s parking lots a few years ago, you wouldn’t have seen electric vehicle charging stations, you wouldn’t have passed by cars with the green Zipcar logo on their sides, and you probably wouldn’t have seen bicycle racks as full as they are today.
That is because SCU's Transportation Services has recently brought a number of sustainable transportation options to campus to encourage students, faculty, and staff to share rides, commute on their bicycles, and use public transportation. All of these programs will help SCU achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by the end of 2015.
SCU brings Zipcar to campus for an eco-friendly way to get around
Dero ZAP encourages campus bicycle commuters
This program is perfect for faculty and staff who don’t live too far away from campus and can usually bike to work but sometimes are in a rush and have to drive. The points they accumulate every day by riding their bikes will add up, and when its crunch time or they need to carry things with them in a car, they can redeem these points and park for free on campus.
Zimride opens up ridesharing for SCU community
SCU parking lots now feature ChargePoint stations
Mass transit options available close to campus
The transportation program at SCU offers many convenient, inexpensive, and sustainable options for students and employees so that we can feel good about our choices while still getting to the places we need to go. Whether you are biking to campus, looking for a ride up the Bay, or need to charge your new Tesla’s battery, SCU has an option for you. The program substantially encourages members of the SCU community to think about sustainability when traveling, which is especially important given how much traveling can increase our carbon footprint. So next time you are planning a trip, consider one of SCU’s eco-friendly transportation options.
By Aven Satre-Meloy, '13 Sustainability Intern--Communications