As part of Colgate’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2019 the university is using many strategies to mitigate climate change. One of our biggest sources of carbon emissions is transportation and as such Colgate is exploring alternative transportation options to help mitigate these emissions. Moreover, the Sustainability Office is working to create a sustainable culture at Colgate in which environmental consciousness becomes second nature. Here are a few ways in which Colgate is going green on the road.
The Colgate Cruiser provides free transport for students, faculty, and community members all over the Hamilton area. The cruisers have EPA-approved low-emission diesel engines, and some are even powered by propane. The cruiser runs daily, and has many stops up the hill, downtown, and even to the local grocery store. Providing a shuttle service greatly reduces the need to drive for many students and faculty and helps lower our overall emissions.
The Green Bikes Program provides students and faculty with personal bikes to rent for a semester. Bikes are a fun, healthy, and sustainable way to get around campus. Bikes are available to rent at the start of each semester and come with a lock and helmet. As part of Colgate’s strategy to encourage sustainable behavior the Green Bikes program is expanding. We believe that each and every Green Bikes rider is a leader by example: showing everyone on campus they are doing their part to combat climate change while promoting alternative transportation.
The Zipcar program at Colgate gives students the ability to rent a high efficiency hybrid vehicle. Students simply create an account online and book a time to use the vehicle. The vehicle rents at a low price making it accessible to every student. Zipcars give students the option of not bringing their personal car to campus. Our Zipcars are available when you need one!
These are just a few steps that Colgate is taking to promote alternative transportation. Although there is still a lot more work to be done, we believe we are well on our way to creating a more sustainable Colgate. More information can be found at colgate.edu/green.
What is your preferred mode of alternative transportation on campus?