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Columbia's urban setting is inherently green as our campus is walkable and well served by public transportation. Modes of alternative transportation play a large role in our campus commuting choices. Students, faculty and staff can be seen cycling, walking, and even skate/long boarding up and down the South Loop.

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Campus Fleet
The College also has a significantly reduced need for a campus fleet. There are six campus owned vehicles including the Office of Campus Environment's E-85 van for Facilities usage. On top of that, Campus Environment's office of Safety and Security leases only two vehicles (one being a Hybrid). Safety and Security patrols also use electric Segway vehicles and bicycles. Campus vehicles have a very low impact on our institution’s carbon footprint.
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Biking on Campus
In the spring of 2011, Facilities and Operations built a bike parking lot next to the Paper Maker’s Garden in the center of campus. The lot had the maximum capability to house 144 bikes. In the summer of 2013, the bike lot was closed and the space reallocated to the expansion of the Paper Maker’s Garden.

In our South Loop neighborhood, Columbia has seen the city of Chicago support bike commuting. The city has created bike lanes on Wabash Ave. from Roosevelt to Congress in the heart of our campus. The protected bike lane along Dearborn allows safe commuting to our campus. The city has also installed more bike racks along the public streets around on our campus offers commuters more spaces to secure their bicycles. Plus the new Divvy bike share program with stations at Roosevelt/Wabash and 16th/State provides an option for commuting between our buildings. Accounting for these options, the need for a dedicated bike lot was something not necessary.

The urban setting of our campus makes bike commuting an option which we hope to see our Columbia embrace.

The Office of Safety and Security has also revisited our Bike Policy which addresses faculty and staff bike commuters and how they have access to our buildings.
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C4 Cycling

C4 Cycling (Columbia College Chicago Cycling) is a campus cycling association lead by two of our Science and Mathematics faculty members: Dave Morton and Dave Dolak. Each semester, the group schedules monthly bike tune-up events in the front of 623 S. Wabash. C4 also hosts annual bike trips to places like the Indiana Dunes.
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Upass
The Chicago Transit Authority offers the U-Pass to all full time students. The pass provides unlimited rides for students on any CTA bus or train during a semester with a new pass issued for each semester.  For information on how to get your U-pass visit our campus Student Financial Services page.
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Commuter Benefits
Columbia's Department of Human Resources offers a Commuter Benefit Program This program allows faculty and staff the opportunity to purchase transit cards pre-tax. Visit their site on IRIS for more information.
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Carsharing
In Chicago there are two Car Sharing options. 
The local non-for-profit I-Go Car Sharing offers a Columbia promotion code to receive benefits.
The nationwide Zipcar also offers Columbia benefits.
See which one fits your needs and join today!
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Transportation Green Team
As part of the Sustainability Roadmap, Columbia has created a Transportation Green Team. The team members consist of faculty and staff from Science and Mathematics, the Sustainability Manager, C4 Cycling and cycling enthusiasts around the campus.  Below are some of the ideal goals and actions for this team.

The Transportation Green Team's Goals:

  • Increase alternative transportation options (walking, biking, public transportation, car-pooling and ride-sharing) to all student body/faculty/staff.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of how commuting and driving behaviors impact individual economics and the environment.
  • Create a more bike-friendly campus.

The Transportation Green Team's Actions:

  • Work with the Human Resources Department to promote available alternative transportation benefits.
  • Work with C4 Cycling on their tune-up program, safety training, and access to tools.
  • Review carpool and carsharing program for commuters.

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