Sustainability Initiative  
 

 

 

 

Progress: Transportation

Transportation is a key part of our lives. We commute to work, school, church, sporting activities, and the homes of friends/family. Because most of this transportation is fueled by petroleum/fossil fuels, the mode of transport we choose has direct implications for the environment. Studies predict a peak of petroleum product production between 2020 and 2050 (TRB). This will likely create a disparity between the supply and demand of petroleum, which could have significant impacts on our economy and our pocket books.

 

At Aquinas, we strive to decrease our consumption of fossil fuels and promote the use of sustainable modes of transportation by our employees and students.

 
Rapid Bus System Subsidy
With an Aquinas ID, students and employees can ride the rapid bus system for only $0.25 per ride, that's a savings of over $1 per ride. Using public transportation is a great way to save gas money, green your transportation habits, meet new people, and decrease your carbon footprint. From being named the best mid-sized transit system in the country to hitting a new one-year record of 12.5 million rides, the Rapid is a great way to get around town. During the 2012/13 fiscal year, Aquinas students, staff, and faculty rode the rapid 13,596 times. >Visit the Rapid website
 
Subsidy for the Rapid Van
The Rapid Van Pool Program is perfect for people with long commutes who are interested in "sharing the ride." The Rapid provides vans to van pooling groups on a month to month basis, for a small fee. Approximately 20 Rapid Vans travel from Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and other communities within 60 miles of Grand Rapids. Since 2010, all staff, faculty, and students of Aquinas College who regularly use a Rapid Van Pool, may seek reimbursement up to $22 per month. >Download program details (pdf)
 
AQ Bikes

AQ Bikes began in 2013 and had incredibly success of 120 rentals in its first year. Each bike is inspected before and after use and equipped with a quality bike lock and helmet for safety and security. Students, faculty, and staff can even rent a tandem bike to ride around our community!

Aquinas offer bike rentals by the day, weekend, or quad for a small fee through our Campus Safety Department. These prices are as follows: Day: $3, Tandem: $5, Weekend: $7, Month: $15, 10 Weeks: $25, Semester: $35

Some specials occur throughout the school year such as dollar bike day or free bike weekend.

For questions, email Ryan at AQbikes@aquinas.edu or call (616) 632-2449.

 
Bike Rack Initiative
Bike Rack Initiative

Since 2008, Aquinas has continually added bicycle parking across campus, in the forms of inverted U-Racks and wall mount racks. Providing safe, secure, and attractive bicycle parking is just one way we encourage our campus community to bike to school/work and across campus.

 

The benefits of installing something as simple as a bike rack are much greater than offering a space to keep a bicycle. Cycling avoids the release of CO2, oxides of nitrogen, and other ozone forming compounds into the air. Consistent grounds elements like bike racks also help establish unity of the campus look and feel.

 
Community Carpooling
Carpool Parking

Aquinas is committed to promoting carpooling among students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Through the Moose web site, students, staff, and faculty have the ability to post upcoming trips and contact information with the hopes of finding carpoolers. (This initiative largely developed in the Student Sustainability Committee in 2007.) Preferred parking for carpoolers is also available by Campus Safety and the Grace Hauenstein Library.

 

By providing an avenue for ride-sharing, Aquinas hopes to decrease the need for long-term parking of cars on campus and help ease the parking burden currently faced by all members of the Aquinas community. If more students, faculty, and staff utilized alternative transportation such as carpooling, we can better use the current parking infrastructure as opposed to building and maintaining new parking lots which can have both economical and environmental burdens. In addition, more carpooling on campus means fewer cars are on the road. This change results in healthier air in and around the Aquinas Campus.