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AU's electric cars

Green Fleet

Electric vehicles, like "Sparky", are used for small jobs around campus.

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.

AU Shuttles

AU Shuttle Bus

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.


Bike Repair Station

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. 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.


Biodiesel Tank

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. A Condensed work week option is available for full time employees to reduce commuting.

Electric Vehicles

Nils Dennis and his Chevy Volt

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.