Automobiles, trucks, buses. Transportation is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions here at UB. It’s not hard to envision the impact when looking at our parking lots during the academic year. Recent programs such as bike sharing, electric vehicle charging stations and car pooling initiatives are being embraced by our campus community. But there’s a lot more we can do to encourage trading individual cars for greener alternatives. UB will develop zero carbon commuting pathways for the campus community.
A working group will be formed to study the impact of sub-strategies leading to reduced GHG emissions from commuting to campuses. These sub-strategies include, but are not limited to: increasing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, enhancing public transportation options, encouraging active mobility solutions, implementing a potential carbon fee that would offset pollution by investing in local projects, reducing commuting distances and working to increase on demand ride sharing technologies.
Our university will leverage best practices from Charge NY and pull from leading sustainable mobility organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists. In addition, numerous policies will be formulated to implement low carbon commuting options.
Captain: Chris Austin, director of Parking and Transportation Services