Oberlin College Transportation Success Story
Oberlin College is an inspirational example of a university working towards sustainable transportation in a campus environment. Oberlin’s transportation program consists of a bike friendly campus, a bike co-op, a city wheels car-sharing program, hybrid campus vehicles, and an electric mail-carrying van. Oberlin has most of its parking lots located around the peripheral of the campus creating a walking and biking environment within the campus. All of the buildings have their own bike racks. Bikes are very popular on campus largely due to the bike co-op which was created in 1986. The bike co-op is open to anyone to join and is based on an $18 yearly membership fee with different fees for semester and summer memberships. Members have access to space, tools, and volunteer mechanics' expertise. One can also become a member by renting out a bike for $15 a semester with a $30 deposit. Oberlin students additionally have access to a Cleveland nonprofit called CityWheels. This membership is available to anyone in the community over 21 years old and membership costs are subsidized for students. The CityWheels cars are clean and fuel efficient and the hourly rate is $8.90 including gasoline, full insurance, and maintenance. As of 2005, the Oberlin campus has switched over their safety and security vehicles to hybrid and their mail delivery van to a plug-in electric vehicle. Oberlin College is a good example of a college which has successfully taken great steps to decrease their green house gas emissions from transportation sources.
Appalachian State University Transportation Success Story
Appalachian State University’s Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) and their student-run organization, GREEN, have come together to complete their AppalCart Biodiesel Project. The project was student driven and funded by the REI. The REI purchased a 10,000 gallon biodiesel tank for the university to run their buses and service vehicles off of. This was made possible in part by a program through the university which charges each student $10 a year to fund renewable and alternative energy projects. This program was approved by an overwhelming 80 percent of students in a survey. In addition, Appalachian State University has agreed to purchase B20 fuel forever! Since January 1, 2007, there has been a 10 percent decrease in particulate pollution and a 20 percent decrease in CO2 emissions--a clear success! This project has shown a great collaborative effort between the university, the students, and the Renewable Energy Initiative.