Strategy 3.0 Reduced Transportation-Related Emissions

students stepping onto a #8 Halsted CTA bus

Reducing commuting-related travel and converting to a more efficient fuel will help UIC achieve its commitment to be a Carbon Neutral Campus and could reduce UIC's GHG emissions by 10,000 MTCO2e annually. Read the full report, including how we calculated the greenhouse gas reduction potential in the full Climate Action Implementation Plan.

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3.1 Reduce Commuting-Related Emissions

Solution 3.1.1 Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is the application of strategies and policies to reduce travel demand of single occupancy vehicles which are the largest source of UIC’s Scope 3 GHG emissions.

3.1.1.1 Transit Incentives for Faculty and Staff

Currently UIC parking costs are below market value and create an
incentive for faculty, staff, and students to drive. This solution recommends that parking spaces are not added nor replaced at UIC, and that demand is instead managed through pricing.

3.1.1.2 Bicycle Network

This solution will insert bicycle-friendly practices into the Campus Master Plan like bike parking and infrastructure and add additional parking throughout campus.

3.2 Reduce University Business Travel-Related Emissions

Solution 3.2.1 Fleet Efficiency (Fuel Switch)

Using fuels with less carbon for university vehicles means less carbon emissions for the university. GHG emissions in this category are associated with traveling from one part of campus to another in a university vehicle like the campus shuttle, departmental, trades, and grounds vehicles. The goal for this Portfolio Solution is to increase the number of hybrid, electric, and CNG vehicles by 5% in 5 years (2023), 15% in 10 years (2028), and 20% in 15 years (2033).

3.2.2 Air Travel Carbon Offset Program

A carbon offset program is necessary to reduce emissions attributed to UIC faculty and staff air travel. The goal of this Portfolio Solution is to develop an administrative mechanism that would allow units to “buy into” periodic campus-wide purchases of verified offsets.

3.2.3 Inter-Campus Travel

For meetings that do not require face-to-face interactions, the use of telecommunications and video conferencing can be expanded. Additional use of railroad travel service like Amtrak may also be advocated, which has a lower GHG emissions profile compared to automobiles. Implementation of this goal requires promotion of existing technology, and improved data collection and reporting.