According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the transportation sector accounts for 27% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2015. Not surprisingly, as a large commuter school, transportation also makes up about 28% of the university’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a student, faculty, or staff member, choosing environmentally friendly modes of transportation such as walking, biking, carpooling, or mass transit, can help save time and money, improve overall health and air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mason is committed to designing and supporting more environmentally friendly modes of transportation:
Biking: In 2011, Mason was designated as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists. There are nearly five miles of bike lanes on the Fairfax campus, with protected bike shelters and bike racks in front of nearly every building. Mason’s Parking and Transportation department also have a robust bicycle incentive programs, aimed at encouraging members of the Mason community to bike to and on campus.
Carpooling: Carpooling and vanpooling incentives are available for all students and staff who choose to rideshare with other members of the Mason community.
Mass Transit: All Mason employees have the opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Commuter Choice program, which provides tax-free dollars to individuals who take public transportation. Additionally, Mason offers a free shuttle service from all major public transportation hubs, including the Metro, VRE, and SciTech Campus. Finally, Mason has worked with the City of Fairfax to offer fee CUE bus rides to anyone carrying a Mason ID.
Check out Mason’s Transportation Office to learn more about each of their programs.