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Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Commute Survey Results
Over 1,300 members of the Santa Clara University community participated in last week's commute survey. On average, 63 percent of faculty, 71 percent of staff, and 38 percent of students (graduate and undergraduate) drive alone. Carpoolers account for 7 percent of faculty, 9 percent of staff, and 5 percent of students. Commuters who ride the train are about the same: 9 percent of faculty, 7 percent of staff, and 4 percent of students. As predicted, most students walk, bike or skateboard (51 percent), 19 percent of faculty and 12 percent of staff do the same. The remaining 1 or 2 percent account for bus riders.

Faculty typically travel 17 miles one-way, while the number drops for staff and students (13 and 14 miles, respectively).

In total, about 8,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions are due to our campus commutes. Cars coming to and from campus use roughly 912,000 gallons of gas each year!

The good news: Zimride should allow our campus community to find carpools near them, with people they can trust.

Zimride Your Ride
A new rideshare program called Zimride matches SCU passengers with drivers interested in traveling along the same route who have empty seats. Zimride is already at many universities in the Bay Area, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Francisco. At Stanford University, more than 3,000 users have signed up to use their rideshare program. Depending on the success of Zimride at Santa Clara, Campus Safety may partner with other schools also using the program to create an even larger ridesharing community.

Students, faculty, and staff can sign up for Zimride using their email address. Users have the option to link their new accounts with Facebook after registration.  To use Zimride, users can login at or through their Facebook accounts to post and search for ridesharing opportunities and use Paypal to help pay for gas money as a passenger. The program will also work in conjunction with the already existing Zipcar service by allow students to split traveling costs.

Millie Kenney, Service manager of the Parking and Transportation Office and Interim Service Manager of Campus Safety is heading the program at Santa Clara. Kenney hopes that the launch of Zimride in November will encourage students heading home for the holidays to use Zimride to carpool home.

Hiring: Sustainability Intern, Athletics and Recreation
SCU Athletics and the Office of Sustainability have partnered to offer a new student internship. The Sustainability Intern, Athletics and Recreation will develop a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University, especially among student athletes, users of our campus recreation center, and Bronco fans.

This intern will do so via:
A) COMMUNICATION: increasing athletics fans and the campus community’s awareness of Athletics and Recreation’s sustainability initiatives
B) RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATION: supporting new sustainability initiatives with Athletics and Recreation
C) EDUCATION: developing a culture of sustainability among athletes and Athletics staff.

Who should apply: students with an interest and/or familiarity of athletics & recreation and sustainability, and students who want to creating lasting change at SCU. All majors are welcome to apply. Apply online, through BroncoLink. Application Deadline is 8am, November 21, 2011.

Enjoy the Outdoors and Yummy Food!
While the weather is still nice support your community and visit one of the local Farmer's Markets in the area for a relaxing and fun weekend activity.

Santa Clara Farmers Market: Saturday's 9:00-1:00 pm year round at Jackson St. at Homsetead R.

Mountain View's Farmers Market: Every Sunday 9:00-1:00pm

San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Tuesday: 10am–2pm Thursday: 10 am - 2pm Saturday: 8am-2pm Take the Cal Train with your friends for an easy and low emissions way of transportation.

Tags: Get Involved, News, Transportation



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