Indicator 4: Reduce the energy consumed by vehicles on campus.
A final issue related to the use of energy on the Behrend campus
is the energy
consumed by vehicles.
dependence on vehicles not only contributes to the general degradation
of our planet (release of CO2, use of petroleum, etc) it also
contributes to the loss of the American neighborhood. Since the
development of the automobile, American towns and cities have
been increasingly designed for the automobile and not the people
who live in these communities. Planning
officials' solution to the increased traffic (and traffic jams)
is to build more roads, and not to address the root of the problem;
the over dependence on the auto.
has population of about 4500 (full-time/part-time students/faculty/staff),
and in 2001-2002 there were 4,025 parking passes issued. That
means 88% of the population has parking passes. The amount
of passes actually exceeds the amount of parking spaces on campus
by 1,663 passes. The amount of spaces Behrend does have works
out to 21 acres of parking lots, that number would almost have
to be doubled to fill the current demand.
The answer to this dilemma is to decrease the dependence on the
bus service to and from the campus would help public
transportation become a more attractive option. Limiting the number
of parking passes issued would also force some students to rely
more on public transportation. Finally, if discount bus passes
were available to students, some may think twice about the necessity
of an automobile.
is another option to decrease vehicles coming to campus. Developing
a carpooling Web page or matrix would make it easy for
those wanting to carpool to find a ride/passengers. Offering
discounted/preferred parking passes for those who carpool
would make it an tempting option.
bike ridership is another way to decrease dependence
on automobiles. There is a bike path that connects Behrend to
downtown Erie. Increasing the number of bike racks on campus
may help increase bike-ridership. Publicizing the health/environmental
benefits of bicycle riding may also contribute to an increase
in pedal power.
on-campus residents from driving their cars from their residence
halls to classes. The compact nature of campus
(roughly a 15 minute walk from one end to the other) highlights
the slothfulness of the students on campus. Sanctioning
(or fining) anyone caught committing such an abhorrent action
would facilitate the elimination of the practice.
also maintains fleet and maintenance vehicles. Exploration of
the necessity of these vehicles could be conducted, conversion
of some/all of college-owned vehicles to hybrid could be undertaken.
Any equipment currently running on diesel could be modified to
run on bio-diesel.