HOW DO YOU GET TO CAMPUS AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The UWSP Sustainable Commute Project is working to estimate UWSP commuting patterns, costs, and emissions while raising awareness and identifying opportunities for change. Universities represent highly concentrated commuting communities and off-campus fossil fuel consumption by commuters often exceeds that of the institution. For example, in 2010 there were 5200 students living off campus with an average commute distance of 6.7 miles. Together we travel over 35,000 miles getting to campus and another 35,000 going home! In some cases cars account for more than 50% of campus commute miles although there are instances where car use is just nearly 20%. We don't know how many miles we commute to campus by car, bike, bus, or on foot and green-house gas emissions. The project's mission is to answer these questions and prospects for future change.
Commuting shapes our lives and they shape our community and university landscapes. There are 3200 parking spaces on campus and parking lots occupy 20% of the 110 acres that comprise the built portion of campus. The university also has 198 bicycle racks. Nearby campus there are roughly 1400 on street parking spaces that are regularly used by commuting students and staff. Stevens Point has 117 miles of sidewalk and developed a bicycle and pedestrian plan.
Knowledge of our commuting community comes from accumulated individual commute experiences and opinions of how things might be different if we tried to change. You are invited to submit your own commute experience using the survey page and register to receive updates on the project's progress and outcomes.