Shuttles and car sharing create a sustainable campus

Ride the Wake shuttle serviceCollege campuses nationwide grapple with insufficient parking. Many respond by building parking decks or charging hundreds of dollars for prime spaces. But Wake Forest is working to find more environmentally sustainable solutions through car-sharing and shuttle service. And green-friendly students, faculty and staff are supporting these initiatives.

• Membership in the Zipcar car-sharing program has doubled since its launch in January 2010.
• Juniors, seniors, faculty and staff are using the “Ride the Wake” shuttle service regularly.

• The number of first-year students purchasing fall parking permits decreased to 298, down from 352 in September 2009.

• A weekend evening shuttle service to downtown Winston-Salem is a popular alternative to driving.

“We spent a lot of time and did a thorough job of thinking through our needs at Wake Forest before we planned alternative transportation options—and it’s been one of our biggest hits,” says sustainability director Dedee DeLongpré Johnston.

Download the iPhone “Ride the Wake” GPS App to track the shuttles’ locations.

Keep up with sustainable initiatives through the Office of Sustainability.

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