On March 27, 2012, the National Center for Transit Research, the Association for Commuter Transportation, and Best Workplaces for Commuters™, sponsored the netconference, “Going to School on Transportation Demand Management – What Universities are Doing for Sustainability.” The links to the recording and copies of the slides appear below. This netconference featured the following three speakers and was moderated by Donna Smallwood with URS/MassRides.
- Meghan Fay Zahniser, STARS Program Manager for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) provided an overview of their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System ™ (STARS). STARS is a self-reporting framework used by over 300 colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance, including transportation. (pdf copy of the slides from the presentation of Meghan Fay Zahniser on the AASHE STARS program
- Judi Nelson, Program Manager for Commuter Options for Arizona State University (ASU), discussed how ASU reached AASHE’s Gold level. She highlighted their efforts that have helped ASU to achieve only a 34% non-drive alone rate among employees and an astounding 59% non-drive alone rate among students. pdf copy of slides from the presentation by Judi Nelson at Arizona State University
- Sara Hendricks, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida (USF) summarized the substantial increase in travel choices and support on campus as part of the university’s commitment to sustainability. In the past couple of years, these efforts included the expansion of the campus shuttle system, addition of a dedicated ridematching system, and introduction of a carsharing program. USF recently received Gold level recognition from Best Workplaces for Commuters™ as well as reached the Gold level under AASHE’s STARS rating system. (pdf copy of slides from presentation by Sara Hendricks – University of South Florida)
After this viewing the recording, you should have a deeper understanding of the transportation challenges and opportunities at universities. You will hear how support for transportation demand management (TDM) is being embraced by universities as part of their sustainability efforts that can serve as models for other employers. You will:
- Discover how transportation fits into university sustainability efforts
- Learn about the transportation elements of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System ™ (STARS)
- Hear how TDM efforts have grown in acceptance and use at two universities as part of their sustainability efforts
We have applied for Certification Maintenance credits for this netconference from American Planning Association. You need to complete the evaluation after viewing the recording to be eligible for credit (assuming approval by APA).