On Thursday, September 9, ES Environmental Education student Jessica Sanford and PhD in Leadership and Change student and staff member Sherman Morrison kicked off the Antioch Commuter Transportation (ACT) initiative at this year’s first Carbon Counts: You Can Too brown bag lunch series. Sixty people attended to learn more about AUNE’s commitment to carbon neutrality by the year 2020 and the big role transportation plays in reaching that goal.
Students, faculty and staff involved in the ACT initiative are tackling AUNE’s transportation challenges by supporting money-saving, fun and healthy commuter alternatives. During their presentation, Jessica and Sherman noted that the biggest challenges in reaching AUNE’s carbon neutrality goal will be to substantially reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that comes from students and employees commuting to and from campus for work and classes.
Currently, the commuting of both groups consists of nearly 75 percent of AUNE’s total carbon emissions. They also noted the importance carpooling, biking, walking, or using public transit to get to campus and introduced a survey that will be used to gather baseline data and track changes in our transportation habits.
ACT is an initiative of the Sustainability and Social Justice Committee at AUNE.