University-wide surveys are conducted to document and calculate greenhouse gas emissions related to commuting each year. American University strives to reduce the climate and environmental impacts caused by our transportation choices.
Photo by Jeff Watts
AU provides free shuttle bus service between the Tenleytown Metro station, Washington College of Law, AU's Tenley Campus, and the main campus. Use the shuttle GPS tracking to see where each of the shuttles are and to help plan your trip.
Sustainability Coordinator Emily Curley repairs her bike with the new station near Letts and Anderson Halls
AU provides commuter bike benefits for faculty and staff that bike to work as their primary form of transportation. A student-run bike share program allows students free access to bikes.The SIS building has indoor and secure bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters. A Capital Bikeshare bike rental station is conveniently located right on campus and two bike repair stations, located by the Letts-Anderson Quad and outside of Leonard Hall, provide maintenance tools and air pumps for bikers.
This storage tank fills AU’s nine shuttle buses with carbon-cutting biodiesel fuel
AU's shuttle buses and other diesel-powered equipment are fueled using a B20 biodiesel blend (20% biofuel, 80% diesel). Biodiesel helps the university save emissions, money, and time spent refueling as the biodiesel tank is right on campus.
Carpooling and Car Sharing
Zimride's online ride sharing tool allows AU staff, students, and faculty to share rides and coordinate carpools. Discount on parking permits are available for commuters who choose to carpool. ZipCars are available on campus for use by students, faculty, and staff and Car2Go vehicles are often parked around campus for another car sharing option. A Condensed work week option is available for full time employees to reduce commuting.
Two electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in the Katzen Parking Garage. Electric vehicles are used by facilities staff for short trips and small jobs around campus and by Public Safety officer patrols.