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

3 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

4 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

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

6 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 Residence Hall lot specific parking passes Campus Master Plan

7 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

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

9 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 CONCEPT PLAN

10 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 CONCEPT PLAN

11 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 CONCEPT PLAN

12 EXISTING – CENTRAL CAMPUS

13 PROPOSED – UNIVERSITY GREEN & TRANSIT SPINE

14 EXISTING – RUNKE DRIVE (proposed Observatory Way)

15 PROPOSED – OBSERVATORY WAY (former Runke Drive)

16 0’0’ +20’ -40’ -20’ University Drive* * Base ‘zero’ elevation for north campus core McKay Village McConnell Drive Gabaldon Hall du Bois + South Dining South Campus to University: ped-way is uphill both ways CAMPUS CONNECTIVITY: down 20’ up 60’

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

18 PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE SECTION

19 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

20 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

21 Contact Us Thank You! Office of Sustainability (928)


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