Carpooling can save your staff, students and fans money by reducing the amount of gas they buy and money they spend on auto-related upkeep. Reducing the number of cars on the road also has significant environmental benefits, reducing the emission of harmful air pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds. Review the tips and resources below for information on how to increase carpooling to your sports venues.
Many cities offer car share programs – also consider offering preferential parking for those using car sharing.
Identify and contact any staff on your campus who might help incentivize carpooling to your sports facilities, while building off any existing campus-wide environmentally preferable transportation programs. The departments with knowledgeable staff may include the Transportation, Facilities, and the Sustainability Office, among others.
- Provide preferential parking for carpoolers.
- Provide discounted and preferential parking for staff who carpool.
- Circulate tips for effective and enjoyable carpools on your athletics and recreation websites and on your internal website and in staff newsletters.
- Offer other incentives for carpoolers such as designated lanes near your sports facilities.
- Use your athletics and recreation websites and your department’s internal website to coordinate carpooling or recommend another existing carpooling website to help staff, students and other fans efficiently organize a regular carpool.
- Actively match employees with those who live nearby.
*HELPS EARN AASHE STARS POINTS*
Promoting environmentally preferable transportation options throughout athletics and recreation can help your institution earn up to 7 points within the “Transportation” subcategory of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Work with sustainability and facilities staff on your campus to support any institutional efforts to attain or improve your institution’s STARS rating. Use the STARS 2.0 Technical Manual to learn more.
Carpooling reduces the total amount of cars on the road, which in turn reduces the many forms of pollution associated with the transportation sector, including smog, global warming, and respiratory health effects.
AASHE: Resources on Sustainable Campus Transportation
The University of Vermont: Certification for Sustainability Transportation
10 Tips for a Successful Carpool
EPA – Emissions and Gas Savings from a Sample Carpool