Fall 2009

[News]

Campus Scores National Climate Award

HSU’s unlimited-ride bus pass recently won a National Wildlife Federation award.

Humboldt State University has been honored by the National Wildlife Federation as a winner in the annual competition Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming.

The award recognizes U.S. schools that offer creative solutions to global warming on their campuses. HSU was one of eight schools chosen from a national pool of entries.

Humboldt State advanced alternative transportation with the Jack Pass, an unlimited-ride bus pass for all HSU students. The student club Green Wheels, which worked with HSU Parking Services and President Rollin Richmond, devised and implemented the transportation initiative.

“It’s really cool that our efforts were recognized,” says Tommy Viducich, president of HSU Green Wheels. “We need to continue to make improvements in public transportation so more and more people want to use it and so that it becomes easier to use.”

Since implementing Jack Pass, the Redwood Transit System has seen a 30 percent increase in ridership, which translates to huge reductions in the county’s carbon footprint. Local transit systems have expanded their schedules and routes to accommodate the increased ridership.

In addition, in the year after the introduction of the Jack Pass, 526 fewer parking permits were sold on campus. Thomas Dewey, HSU police chief, said there have been approximately 500,000 Jack Pass bus rides since the program was implemented in 2007.

Green Wheels also organizes Car Free Day and Alternative Uses for Parking Spaces where they spread the word about Jack Pass. Freshmen and incoming students receive information about Jack Pass during campus orientation.

The winning colleges were featured in an NWF webcast, broadcast at Earth Day events on over 160 campuses, and received monetary awards to continue exploring innovative global warming solutions.

Learn more about the many eco-conscious clubs, courses and events at Humboldt State