Updated from original target in FY21 Sustainability Action Plan “12% or less of commutes are single-occupancy by 2028.”

Transportation accounts for 45% of total carbon emissions in the state of Washington. Reducing the campus drive alone rate reduces greenhouse gases and other impacts on our transportation system, but also increases accessibility for those moving around the community. At all three campuses, the University is committed to developing policies and programs to increase use of sustainable commuting while advocating for increased transportation options with our local, regional, and state agencies.

The target was updated starting in FY2022 to reflect a reduction for Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

Target actions for 2022

View actions for past fiscal years

Sustainability plan guiding principles

  •  Ensure students achieve sustainability literacy
  •  Choose our research conscientiously
  •  Keep equity and inclusion at the center
  •  Use resources responsibly
  •  Decarbonize

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the travel behavior of our campus communities. Since the pandemic, the majority of students, staff and faculty have been learning or working from home. For those coming to campus, the availability and safety of shared transportation options (transit, carpooling, etc.) has compelled many to drive alone to campus.

With this disruption to the typical commute, there is an opportunity to change people’s travel behavior to more sustainable modes as they begin to return to campus.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

  1. Track research on transit recovery and COVID-19 transmission on transit, sharing findings with the campus community.
  2. Develop an outreach and education campaign promoting active and shared transportation options.
  3. Provide resources to encourage continued telework arrangements for employees that are able to work remotely.
  4. Advocate for increased transit service levels.

Responsible party

UW Transportation Services departments at Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma

Statuses and linkages

Target I: Double Student, Staff and Faculty Sustainability Engagement by 2024

UW Transportation Services meets with UW Sustainability at least quarterly to discuss promotion of sustainable transportation options and programming.

Target III: Double Sustainability Oriented Research Projects by 2025

Transportation Services participated in two Sustainability Studio projects each year to help research opportunities to increase sustainable transportation usage on campus. Transportations Services is partnering with PacTrans on research of commuting by essential workers during COVID-19.

Target V: 5% Lower Emissions from Professional Travel by 2025

Both targets are looking at opportunities to increase remote work and conferencing options to decrease carbon emissions from travel.

Financing

  • Programs to support reducing single-occupancy vehicle commuting are already funded through a combination of parking revenue, student and employee fees, and institutional funding.

Metrics

  • The Seattle campus conducts an annual transportation survey of staff, faculty and students to learn about their commuting behavior. Progress toward this Action will be tracked through the continued administration of the annual transportation survey.
  • Each year the Bothell campus does an intercept survey to find the mode split, although the 2020 survey was suspended due to minimal traffic caused by the pandemic.
  • The Bothell and Tacoma campuses both conduct biennial transportation surveys of staff and faculty through the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction program.

Providing daily parking options to students, staff and faculty allows them to save money every time they do not drive to campus. This can encourage commuters to use sustainable transportation options on the days that they do not need to drive to campus.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

  1. 1. Expand Pay-Per-Use Parking (PPUP) to the S1 garage on the Seattle campus.
  2. Evaluate daily parking permit options at the Tacoma campus.
  3. Adjust demand for daily parking by focusing on reducing quarterly permit sales volume at the Bothell campus.

Responsible party

UW Transportation Services departments at Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma

Statuses and linkages

Daily parking options are currently available to employees on the UW Seattle campus through Pay-Per-Use Parking (PPUP) at gated facilities and daily parking permits available for purchase online for non-gated facilities. Daily and hourly visitor parking options are available at all three campuses.

Financing

  • Parking operations are funded through the sale of parking permits and products at each campus.

Metrics

Progress toward completion of the Action will be measured by:

  • Number and type of parking permits sold.
  • Utilization of parking facilities.

The Transportation Services Shuttles service provides a vital connection for faculty and staff between campus and medical facilities across the city. The U-CAR program provides a critical function to allow campus community access to a vehicle for business-related trips. Both of these services allows staff, faculty and students to use commute options other than driving alone and still be able to complete the work they need to without having to bring their personal vehicle to campus, helping to reduce carbon emissions related to transportation.

Steps we will take in FY 2022

Develop and implement a marketing plan for UW Shuttle services to UW Medical Center employees and patients. 2. Develop and implement a marketing plan for U-CAR service at all three campuses.

Responsible party

UW Transportation Services at Seattle

Statuses and linkages

Target X: 45% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Exploring opportunities to transition UW Fleet to electric vehicles and capacity for parking to house solar canopies.

Financing

  • UW Shuttles are funded through partnerships with UW Medical Center, Harborview, School of Medicine, Fred Hutchinson, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The program is also funded through parking revenue and institutional funding.

Metrics

Progress toward completion of the Action will be measured by:

  • Ridership numbers on shuttle services.
  • U-CAR rentals, mileage and utilization.