Wesleyan is developing strategies to reduce transportation-generated carbon emissions and other pollutants. There are lots of transportation options, whether you're looking to catch a ride home, carpool to work, borrow a bike, use a Zipcar, hitch a ride, or take public transportation.  

We've also developed a calculator to measure your transportation carbon footprint based on different modes of transportation and an anti-idling factsheet.

The initiatives below show what we've done and what we plan to do via our 2016-2021 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). See pages 48-50 in the SAP for more details.


What We're Working On

  • Planning
    1. Review and prioritize recommendations from the Comprehensive Parking Study (completed in 2011)
    2. Execute an employee commuting survey (on current and potential use of carpooling, public transportation, and parking)
    3. Execute a student travel survey (include questions on current and potential use of The Ride, public transportation, shuttles, and parking)
    4. Develop and pilot a communications strategy and programming to reduce single-occupancy vehicle commuting
    5. Explore the feasibility of a work from home program
    6. Identify and promote a carpooling app for Wesleyan
  • Alternative Transportation
    1. Identify and promote a carpooling app for Wesleyan
    2. Create covered bicycle parking at Hall Atwater 
    3. Incorporate campus bicycle rack locations into campus map
  • University Travel
    1. Develop travel guidelines
    2. Publicize and create a carbon footprint analysis for different modes of travel 
    3. Promote video conferencing as an alternative to air travel 
    4. Prioritize ground travel for trips under 350 miles in the University Travel Policy

What We've Done

  • Planning
    1. With permission of a supervisor, employees can establish condensed or alternate work-week schedules to reduce commuting.
    2. The Rental Housing Program, Advanced Purchase Program, and Mortgage Incentive Program encourage faculty and staff to live within walking or biking distance of campus.
    3. Students pay an annual vehicle registration fee of $100.
    4. A Comprehensive Parking Study was completed by Walker and Associates in 2011.
    5. A half-dozen reservable conference rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones to facilitate videoconferencing. In late 2014, Wesleyan acquired a GoToMeeting/WebX license to promote video conferencing.
    6. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
  • Alternative Transportation
    1. Wesleyan has 2 electric vehicle charging stations on campus, both in the Freeman Athletic Center parking lot.  These stations are open 24/7, can accommodate 4 cars (2 at a time), and are available for public use. 
    2. Several low-emissions vehicle parking spaces are available on campus.
    3. Since 2013, Wesleyan has had a partnership with CT Rides, a commuter incentive service sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  All employees and students can join the program and earn rewards for all alternative transportation.
    4. In 2008, ITS launched a Rideboard to facilitate student and employee carpooling.  Wesleyan is currently looking into Rideboard alternatives.
    5. Student group WesBikes began a per-semester bike rental program in 2010.  
    6. Most dorms and academic buildings have bike racks near entrances.
    7. Wesleyan runs a weekly shuttle bus service to New Haven Train Station, and expands this service to Bradley Airport, New York City, and Boston for breaks.
    8. The Ride free campus shuttle runs nightly from 7 PM to 4 AM during the academic year, with stops every 15 minutes across campus.  Individuals with disabilities can access The Ride during daytime hours as well.  Beginning in September 2015, The Ride will stop at Mondo restaurant downtown as well.
    9. In 2009, Wesleyan established a partnership with Zipcar and now has four rental cars on campus.
    10. Middletown Area Transit has established bus stops on campus (in front of Weshop, on the corner of William and High Streets, and in front of Fisk Hall) and at local shopping areas.
  • University Travel
    1. 18 of the 88 vehicles in Wesleyan’s fleet are electric or hybrid.  A policy requires that all vehicle purchases must be low emission vehicles (gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles, or alternative fuel vehicles), unless a viable alternative is not available.  Physical Plant trades staff vans have been replaced with Ford Transit vans, doubling or tripling fuel economy.
    2. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
Bill Nelligan, SAGES Transportation Subcommittee Chair
(860) 685-2771