Use of public transportation continues to grow across America. One big reason: concern for the environment. Public transit usage reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 37 million metric tons every year in the U.S. That's equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households.
Here are some ways Binghamton faculty, students and staff are doing their part:
- Binghamton University Police have incorporated the use of electric cars, bike patrols, solar- and battery-powered parking meters, interactive speed signs and computer-based reporting systems into their sustainability efforts.
- Whenever possible, the University is replacing gasoline- and diesel-operated campus vehicles with electric vehicles or those that use alternative-energy sources.
- Binghamton's Off Campus College Transport student-operated buses provide transportation for University students and community members to and from both campuses as well as other destinations throughout Greater Binghamton. These blue buses log in more than 500 hours of service each week.
- The University also strongly encourages the use of public transportation for all students, faculty and staff.
- Binghamton University offers designated preferred parking spaces for those driving qualified, fuel-efficient vehicles as well as those who carpool.
- Bearcat Bikes is a free, bike-sharing service for the Binghamton University community. Our program aims to help to reduce carbon emissions, alleviate traffic congestion and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Go to the Bearcat Bikes Facebook page for details
- Zipcar car-sharing service for students, faculty and staff features 3 new vehicles drivers 18+ can rent for low, by-the-hour or by-the-day rates. Cars are located right on campus next to the parking garage. Go to the Zipcar webpage for details