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Transportation Work Group

Mission: To advance safe, efficient, low-carbon transportation to, from, and on the USU campus by students, employees, and visitors

The USU Transportation Committee, a subcommittee to the USU Sustainability Council, is given the charge to examine, evaluate, and recommend changes to existing practices and policies regarding transportation issues as related to the University and its various constituents.  This includes faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public who interface from time to time with University functions and events. 

USU Carbon Footprint

The USU carbon footprints calculate transportation related issues account for nearly a quarter (25%) of the University’s total greenhouse gas emissions: 

  • Commuting by students, faculty and staff contributes 5%
  • Air travel by students, faculty and staff contributes 17%
  • University fleet transportation contributes 3%

This committee will look for creative ways to reduce the impact of travel related issues and will make recommendations to the USU Sustainability Council
and USU Officials to implement.

Take The Challenge

Due to transportation contributing 25% of the total USU carbon footprint in 2014, the USU Transportation Committee will continue to use low-carbon transportation options whenever possible, including:

  • Public transit
  • Bicycle commuting
  • Rideshare
  • Telecommute options
  • Flexible schedule

House Bill 110

In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of transportation, the University is required to comply with House Bill 110 “State Fleet Efficiency Requirements” (enacted in the 2007 sessions of the Utah State Legislature). The State of Utah has established State Fleet Efficiency Requirements to (1) reduce fleet costs or increase energy efficiency, (2) improve air quality in Utah, and (3) contribute to a general decreased United States dependency on foreign oil.

The bill implements a statewide fleet cost efficiency plan that were estimated to have the net effect of increasing the state’s overall energy efficiency 20% between 2007 and 2015, impacting the number and type of vehicles used to carry out daily business at USU. To read more about how USU is increasing fleet efficiency on and off of campus, read section 514.7 here. The Transportation Committee welcomes suggestions to help implement the needed measures to ensure success.

Current goal of the USU Transportation Department to implement House Bill 110:

  • Downsize wherever possible both in size and volume of the USU fleet and encourage wise trip planning to reduce number of miles driven.

Current Activities Of The USU Transportation Committee:

  • Right sizing vehicles and requiring the purchase of hybrid and/or alternate fuel vehicles when available in compliance with the Governor's Admistrivative Order.
  • Consider the impacts of implementing a 4-day work week or other alternate work schedules to reduce commute and building energy requirements.
  • Updating USU Policy Manual No. 514 “Vehicle Use Policy” to include changes in vehicle efficiency requirements, minimum use standards, maintenance
  • Standards and overall trip reduction, and clean air requirements.