Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Davis
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Campus Commute

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

GO Express Travel has aligned with the efforts of the Sustainability Offices of both IU Bloomington and IUPUI to mitigate congestion and traffic concerns during the peak hours of commute between IU and IUPUI.

By providing an affordable, convenient, and timely means to get between the two campuses, the Campus Commute service will decrease the emissions footprint, and related fuel consumption of those commuting daily between the two IU Campuses.

Campus Commute runs non-stop, four times every weekday between the two campuses, with two bus stops at each campus. The route is geared toward faculty and staff, some of whom commute between the two campuses on a regular basis (although students and community members may ride as well). Previously the use of a campus or individual vehicle was the only viable option to make the trip.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

IUPUI saves $47 in business related travel for every employee that uses this service round-trip between campuses. The Campus Commute is too new to have assessed ridership and other measurable outcomes related to emissions reductions or other outcomes.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

Dawn Rhodes, IUPUI’s Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance who was instrumental in helping get the shuttle up and running, thinks the shuttle will offer significant advantages to faculty, staff, students and administrators who must travel.

“The focus is really on sustainability,” she said. “The intercampus shuttle idea was generated from the motivation to be sustainable with potential savings being a byproduct. The shuttle will allow faculty, staff and students to travel safely between the two campuses and use their time productively in a comfortable environment, all while reducing our carbon footprint and conserving energy.” More information: http://inside.iu.edu/headlines/2015-01-14-iub-iupui-shuttle.shtml

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