Join Transportation & Parking for Three Zeros Day: A Celebration of UNC Sustainability, recognizing the many campus programs, groups and departments that promote the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative on campus. We invite members of the Carolina community to learn more about campus progress in achieving the Three Zeros goals of water neutrality, zero waste and greenhouse gas neutrality.
Transportation & Parking plays a key role in making UNC a more sustainable campus by reducing the impacts of both staff and student commutes and campus operations. In 2017, UNC was awarded the Best Workplace for Commuters designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
UNC Transportation & Parking has augmented its existing P2P fleet with two new 25-passenger shuttle buses and three 40-passenger biodiesel buses this August in order to support UNC’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative goal of greenhouse gas neutrality. In addition, since fare-free transit for the entire community was implemented in 2002, bus ridership has more than doubled from 3 million to 6 million trips annually. Per capita bus ridership is also among the highest in the country.
UNC provides commuter incentives for faculty, staff and students with the nationally recognized Commuter Alternative Program (CAP), designed to reward people who travel to campus by bus, bike, ridesharing, and walking. Over 1,600 employees currently receive a free bus pass through CAP to ride GoTriangle, PART, or Chatham Transit.
Carolina is also recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, which recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bike friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. UNC will also be implementing a new Bike Share Program, Tar Heel Bikes in October of 2017. Tar Heel Bikes will provide 100 bikes to help students, faculty, staff and visitors get around campus in a cheap, energy efficient way.
Transportation & Parking’s Five-Year Plan includes the installation of new, LED lighting to reduce maintenance and utility costs in parking decks around campus. Transitioning to LED lighting will also increase the safety and security for employees, students, and visitors.