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Green transport at heart of sustainable campus

Much of the effort to make Princeton University’s campus sustainable has been focused on the implementation of green transport.

This is because transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases that the site has, according to the ‘Sustainability at Princeton’ report.

Sustainability plans hope to return the campus’ emissions levels to those of 1990 by the year 2020 without purchasing any carbon offsetting, reports The Daily Princetonian.

By putting the sustainability plan into action 75,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide should be saved each year.

The plan has two main focuses in order to make this a reality, the first being the on-campus fleet of cars, golf carts and TigerTransits and the second, the way students and staff of the university travel in.

With these aims in mind, a culture of using public transport is being fostered and car sharing schemes put in place.

An improvement is sought on the 84 per cent of staff who currently travel into work as the sole occupant of a car.

Financial incentives have been put in place to ensure that students and employees make use of the transport infrastructure in place.


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