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zimrideZimride

Carpooling became easier at Santa Clara thanks to Zimride. The University partnered with the social network website for ridesharing in the fall of 2011. The site connects Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff with each other so they can request or offer rides. The service helps reduce the number of single occupancy cars coming to campus, which will ultimately reduce the University's carbon footprint. Visit www.zimride.scu.edu and register with your scu.edu email address.

zipcar on SCU campusZipCar Rental

Santa Clara has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. After enrolling in the program on Zipcarʻs web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight. Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot. Visit Santa Clara's Zipcar page for more information.

carpoolingCarpooling

SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. Each carpool will receive five daily parking passes per month for participants’ use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on day of use by Campus Safety at the University’s Main Gate. See the Transportation Services site for the latest information and to register for this benefit program. To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a free service of 511.org. 

bike fix-it station on campusBicycling

Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, as well as a couple fix-it stations. The SCU Bicycle Commuter Program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Participants must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about bicycle security or view an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County.

electric vehicle charging station, ChargePointElectric Vehicle Charging

SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are free for campus parking permit holders or cost $1.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online.

CalTrainPublic Transit

SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff. Learn more about this employee benefit.

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Millie Kenney: driving change to improve our commutes

Millie Kenney: driving change to improve our commutes

Have you ever wondered how many people are coming to SCU everyday? And how those people are getting here? Well, Millicent Kenney does. It’s part of her job. Millie is SCU’s Transportation Services Manager and has been in this inaugural role since 2011. Prior to her current role, she served as an SCU Campus Safety Officer for eight years.

Before she officially become the Transportation Services Manager, Millie served a one-year interim for the position while the University finalized their evaluations for the campus’ capacity and needs for transportation services. “It was a time of change: to learn what we are and to find a path,” Millie recalled. Now almost almost three years on the job, Millie oversees parking and manages seven transportation programs ranging from carpooling and bike commuter incentives to the 11 electric vehicle charging stations. Sixty-three percent of the student body already use some of these sustainable commuting options. (See this month’s program highlight article for more details on the greenhouse gas emissions-reducing programs.)

When asked about the future state of transportation for the campus, Millie responded with trying to “plug into the community better.” She refers to working with campus users to have a minimal stress, smooth-as-possible commute to SCU with an electric vehicle or alternate modes like public transit or bicycling. This also means continuing to coordinate with local mass transit companies for subsidized prices and even advocating for more access to services like public electric vehicle charging stations. “I aspire to do that in the next little while…[I hope] that I’m helping to build a better platform here [for it all to] work more seamlessly.”

It is apparent in her efforts that Millie strives to make it easier for campus users to get to-and-from work/school, whether that’s connecting students to share a ride home during a holiday break, easing a staff member’s worry about charging her new electric vehicle, or working to get a bike-share program onto campus. Millie’s hope is that all campus users take advantage of our transportation services by reading more about them and trying the alternatives at least once, especially the bike-sharing pilot--she is eager to see how many participate in the bike-sharing program this year.

When she’s not working, Millie spends time at her San Jose home with her husband and her two grandsons. Originally from Napa Valley, Millie is also very aware of water and she observes the drastic supply changes in local resevoirs and lakes when she spends time outdoors camping or fishing. To her, sustainability means “managing resources responsibly and looking for other ways to get things done [that is] not damaging to the environment.”

You can contact Millie at makenney@scu.edu. For questions related to transportation services, email transportation@scu.edu or stop by the office next to Campus Safety in the central campus parking structure.

Tags: Campus Operations, Climate Neutrality, Profiles, Transportation

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