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  1. Pathways to a Sustainable Transportation Plan Heather Farley Sustainability Coordinator NAU - Flagstaff, AZ

  2. Importance of Transportation GHG Reduction • In 2008, transportation sources contributed approximately 27 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (epa.gov) • For most campuses, transportation will be the second largest contributor to carbon footprint • It is a visible change that you can make on campus in an effort to propel your climate action plan

  3. Transportation Types • Commuting to and from campus • Driving on campus – avg. student at NAU moves their car 3-4 times daily. • Air Travel • Business Travel by Car • Holistic approach to transportation reduction is key to mitigating your carbon footprint

  4. Pathway #1 • Getting To Campus • EcoPass • Rideshare • Challenges – Participation, safety, finding the right online system • Carpool passes – parking • Bike storage/Showers

  5. Pathway #2 • Getting Around On Campus • Yellow Bike Program • Mandatory Bike Registration and Bike Safety Workshops • Property Surplus Bike Sale • Capital Assets, ARD, and Residence Life departmental bicycles • Gators (RLSS) or Golf Carts (Engineering) instead of trucks for hauling and transportation • Biodiesel and Fuel Efficient Buses – 67% ridership increase between 2009-2010 • Residence Hall lot specific parking passes • Campus Master Plan

  6. Pathway #2 – Campus Master Plan • Designated Pedestrian spine • Creating memorable walks through campus • Creating accessible walks (Bridge) • Building in effective snow storage • Designated bus and bike spine • Traffic control • Connect to regional transit spine • Creation of a more connected bike route through campus • Peripheral Parking • Mixed Use Parking Decks = additional PV space, additional services for students • These types of efforts create personal vehicle disincentive

  7. CONCEPT PLAN • Organizing Elements: • Connect 3 campuses into one campus • Develop a contiguous north south connection for pedestrians and bikes

  8. CONCEPT PLAN • Organizing Elements: • Connect 3 campuses into one campus • Develop a contiguous north south spine for pedestrians and bikes • Interweave a busway transit spine with the ped-way spine

  9. CONCEPT PLAN • Organizing Elements: • Connect 3 campuses into one campus • Develop a contiguous north south spine for pedestrians and bikes • Interweave a busway transit spine with the ped / bike spine • Create memorable open spaces off of the spine – both centralized spaces and east/west spaces

  10. CONCEPT PLAN • Organizing Elements: • Connect 3 campuses into one campus • Develop a contiguous north south spine for pedestrians and bikes • Interweave a busway transit spine with the ped / bike spine • Create memorable open spaces off of the spine – both centralized spaces and east/west spaces • Relocate parking to the perimeter, making it more convenient and efficient • Infill academic and housing to define the open spaces and enliven the campus • Balance physical development with infrastructure upgrades and expansion

  11. EXISTING – CENTRAL CAMPUS

  12. PROPOSED – UNIVERSITY GREEN & TRANSIT SPINE

  13. EXISTING – RUNKE DRIVE (proposed Observatory Way)

  14. PROPOSED – OBSERVATORY WAY (former Runke Drive)

  15. CAMPUS CONNECTIVITY: South Campus to University: ped-way is uphill both ways • down 20’ • up 60’ • +20’ • down 20’ • 0’ • -40’ • -20’ McKay Village • Gabaldon Hall • du Bois + • South Dining • University Drive* • * Base ‘zero’ elevation for north campus core • McConnell Drive

  16. CAMPUS CONNECTIVITY: Reroute ped-way & add bridge over wash to reduce difficulty and travel time • Down 10’ up 30’ • 0’ • -20’ • University Drive • McConnell Drive • Existing Walk • Proposed Walk • University of Delaware: Student Housing + Pedestrian Bridge

  17. PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE SECTION

  18. Pathway #3 • Travel • Motor Fleet • Hybrid and electric vehicle replacements • Video Conferencing • Challenge - IT support • Challenge - Used at other institutions or businesses • Carbon Offsets • Challenge - Tracking mileage • Challenge - Funding Source • NAU has approached this through a student research project. Options to date include an opt-in program, a program funded through the President’s office, or a formal accounting system

  19. Maintaining Momentum • Environmental Caucus • Transportation Action Team • NAU Police • Transportation Services • Residence Life • Parking Services • VP for Enrollment & Student Affairs • Transportation Intern • Yellow Bike Representative • Capital Assets • Several Caucus Members

  20. Contact Us Thank You! Office of Sustainability Heather.Farley@nau.edu (928) 523-0656