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.

Initiatives

  • Transportation Focus Team

    Cornell is working across campus and the region to move toward a more sustainable transportation systems through partnerships...

  • Big Red Bikes

    A free bike share program open to all Cornell students and employees...

  • Biking at Cornell

    Ithaca’s steep hills coupled with the fantastic gorge views can make a ride across campus a challenging—yet rewarding—experience...

  • Business Travel

    Business Travel is one of the specific actions outlined in Cornell’s Climate Action Plan...

  • Campus-to-Campus Bus

    Cornell's C2C bus service is currently achieving 146 passenger-miles per gallon...

  • Campus Use of Mass Transit

    Cornell is TCAT's largest customer, accounting for roughly 71% of annual ridership...

  • Carbon Neutral Travel Policy

    Encouraging reduced business travel and purchase of offsets when travel is unavoidable...

  • Car Sharing, Carpooling, & Ridesharing

    Alternative transportation helps to reduce traffic congestion, improve local air quality, reduce wear on roads, and free up parking spaces...

  • Finger Lakes Climate Fund

    Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes...

  • Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

    Community-based campaign to inspire all 42,000 households and every business in Tompkins County to take at least one step to save energy and money in the areas of Food, Waste, Transportation, and Heating and Lighting...

  • Increase Efficiency of Cornell Fleet

    From 2009 to 2013, Cornell has achieved a 32% reduction in the size of the fleet – from 220 vehicles to 149 vehicles...

  • Ithaca Carshare

    24/7 access to a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles without the worry or expense of car ownership ...

  • Support for Mass Transit

    Supporting the local mass transit system is Cornell’s single largest transportation initiative...

  • Way2Go

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s Way2Go transportation program.....

  • Zimride

    Zimride offers Cornell students a fun and easy way to share seats in cars or catch a ride...

  • Think Big Live Green

    It’s not just a campaign….it’s how we live and work at Cornell...