89% of students and 47% of staff participate in sustainable commuting options
Major on-campus actions to reduce environmental impacts resulting from transportation include policies that highly discourage automobile use and encourage other means of transport. We provide New-to-Cornell students with free bus passes for their first year to promote group transit and have very restricted on-campus parking policies to discourage vehicles and promote carpooling, biking, bus-taking and walking. All returning students are provided with unlimited bus transit at no cost after 6 PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends. We not only work to improve our on-campus transportation system, but also work with the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County to continue to improve regional transportation systems for our community and beyond.
It is also a priority for Cornell to consider transportation as we plan for future land use and building construction on campus, so that we fully integrate new buildings and other campus changes into our transportation systems with sustainability in mind.