Sustainability encompasses efforts which meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Stated differently, it is discussion of how to make human economic systems last longer and have less impact on ecological systems, relating most often to concern over major global problems relating to climate destabilization and natural resource depletion. For more information about sustainability at UCCS, visit: UCCS Office of Sustainability
The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, signed by Pamela Shockley-Zalabek in 2007, requires that UCCS work to reduce the amount of carbon emissions generated by campus facilities, activities, and vehicles. Included in this goal is the reduction of CO2 generated by student, faculty, and staff commutes to and from campus. Specifically, the Climate Commitment seeks to: "(e)ncourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution."
Emissions from campus fleets, commuting, and campus air travel are a major component of many institutions greenhouse gas emissions. To neutralize these emissions, institutions will have to:
was recently unveiled by Governor Bill Ritter and calls for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Governor Ritter asked Coloradans to address climate change individually by pursuing sustainable transportation, called for the state to develop a program to limit emissions from new motor vehicles, and requested that the federal government accelerate development of clean coal technologies. State facilities such as UCCS are to reduce the energy consumption of state vehicles (to include all UCCS vehicles) by 20% by the year 2012. Already the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has converted its shuttle busses to biodiesel (B-20 in summer, B-5 in winter), and purchased a hybrid vehicle. In addition, the Department of Public Safety's Police Fleet consists of hybrid vehicles.
The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Climate Commitment and Colorado's Greening of State Government Executive Orders represent the growing interest of public and private institutions to create strategies to slow the very real threat of global climate destabilization. These strategies, however, require the participation and commitment of individuals. Each of us should consider alternative means of transportation, such as bussing, carpooling, biking, and walking, as all are effective ways to
Help reduce the amount of vehicle congestion on campus (and the need for more impermeable asphalt lots) and improve campus air quality by parking at Four Diamonds Complex. Not only will you save the environment, you will save yourself the expense of parking permit fees, and time! Take a few minutes to relax on the shuttle, instead of searching for campus parking spaces. Students may park FREE at Four Diamonds (just north of the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Nevada Ave.) between the hours of 7:00am 11:00pm Monday -Friday when classes are in session. Shuttle service departs the lot every ten minutes en route to the Science building in the center of campus.
If you want to get to campus by bicycle, but are daunted by big hills, the shuttles are equipped with bicycle racks! Ride to Four Diamonds, put your bike on the shuttle, catch your breath on the way to campus, and joyride to class.
Shuttle schedules and information
Share your parking permit with a friend, or two! Save money while reducing CO2 emissions and the need for more impermeable asphalt lots!
The City of Colorado Springs offers several carpool services through their "Metro Rides" program. By providing your address and the days/times you come to campus, Metro Rides can match you with other commuters. They can also assist with bus route information and scheduling, as well as with local bicycle routes and lock up facilities. Many college students across the country are turning to cyber meeting places such as "Facebook", "MySpace", and "eRideshare" for carpooling connections. UCCS students are encouraged to use good judgment when coordinating carpools through such means.
Carpool Calculator Metro Rides
Mountain Metro Transit is the Springs area bus system, providing convenient and affordable city-wide service. Several routes serve the UCCS campus. Route and schedule information, as well as system maps, are available at the Information Desk (first floor of the University Center) or in the lobby at the Department of Public Safety. City bus passes are available for purchase at the UCTR Information Desk, the Mountain Metro Transit terminal in Downtown Colorado Springs, or online.
Various dedicated bike routes exist around the city of Colorado Springs. A printed version of the UCCS Commuter Cycling Map is available at the University Center and at the Department of Public Safety. Students, faculty, and staff who ride to campus must register their bikes with UCCS Department of Public Safety. This is a free service that aids in the recovery of your bicycle in the event that it is lost or stolen. A registration decal is to be affixed to your center post and is valid for the duration of your tenure at UCCS. The University has several bike racks located outside of campus buildings for securing your bike and all campus shuttles and MMT buses are equipped with bicycle racks. Note that bikes are NOT permitted inside any University buildings, nor are bicycles to be locked to features (such as fences, light posts, signs, etc) other than designated bicycle racks.
Don't have a bike? Rent one! Located in the SOLE Office of the Recreation Center, the UCCS bike Share Program offers FREE bikes to rent for UCCS students, faculty and staff. Bikes are available for on or off campus use. For more inforamtion, visit the SOLE website.
Does your bike need a tune up? The SOLE Office located in the Recreation Center, offers a FREE self-service Bike Shop with mechanic assistance at request for all of your bike maintenance needs. For more information, visit the SOLE website.
UCCS Parking is committed to promoting University sustainability initiatives. Located behind the Event Center, is a parking space dedicated to Low-Emission, Fuel-Efficient (LEFE) only vehicles. Only vehicles on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) are eligible to park in the UCCS LEFE parking space.