Arizona State University is looking for ways to encourage students to be more sustainable in their transportation choices. According to an article written by Emily Pomilio from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the school is looking at new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s not just students that are being encouraged to help ASU in their goal of becoming carbon neutral, it’s faculty and staff, as well. By looking at ASU’s fleet of vehicles, overall on-campus energy consumption, commuter tendencies and employee business travel, there seems to be more awareness of just how much energy is being used.
While the price of the U-Pass at ASU has risen and could continue to do so, it still seems to be a pretty good value and a great way to help reduce carbon emissions. Easy access to bicycles and to programs like the Zip Car at ASU also seem to resonate well with students looking to help reduce energy consumption. And since the high cost of student housing and the sheer number of students at ASU doesn’t exactly make it easy to live on campus, it’s important for ASU to focus on cost saving measures and a greener lifestyle.
Neighborhood circulators like the Flash and Orbit systems along with campus shuttles are other ways for students to be less dependant on cars. Having more and better transportation options could help ASU in reaching its goal of carbon neutrality and complete mitigation of transportation emissions by 2035.