Transportation accounts for twenty-eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, transportation expenses account for a large portion of the average American household budget. According to the Fuel Freedom Foundation, Americans pour on average at least $2,000 into their gas tanks every year.
As a largely commuter campus, the University of Mississippi contributes to carbon emissions. The university is actively working towards decreasing campus carbon emissions by single-occupancy vehicles while simultaneously offering more options that are affordable, comfortable, and convenient for its faculty, staff and students.
Parking and Transportation Options
The Department of Parking and Transportation is an active partner of the Office of Sustainability and offers several beneficial programs to commuters, such as:
- Zimride, a service that connects campus community members for carpools and rideshares and helps reduce gas expenses. Learn more about using Zimride here.
- The UM Bike Shop provides semester bike rentals and low-cost maintenance and repair fees. Students may also rent bikes for short-term use through the campus bikeshare. Learn more about campus bike rental options here.
- The Oxford University Transit (O.U.T.) system connects campus and Oxford and offers several on-campus lines to get you where you need to go. The O.U.T. system is free for students and university employees.
- Zipcar is a temporary car rental service. Students and university employees can rent one of the two campus Zipcars at a reduced rate. Learn more about Zipcar here.
Active Transportation Advisory Committee
The Office of Sustainability facilitates the Active Transportation Advisory Committee whose representatives include faculty and student bike advocates, the Office of Health Promotions, the Department of Parking and Transportation, the Bike Shop, Student Disability Services, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Facilities Management, and others.
The Office of Sustainability organizes an annual Transportation Fair to promote active transportation options on campus.
UM Master Plan
The UM Master Plan, developed in a cross-campus effort by Facilities Planning, includes a campus mobility layer to accommodate greater accessibility and safety of non-motorized transportation on campus as the university grows.
UM Complete Streets Projects
The Office of Sustainability is an advocate for Complete Streets practices and has advised on such projects as the bike lane network expansion on campus and others.
In 2011, Oxford adopted an ordinance asking that streets be designed to be accessible for all users, including motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Office of Sustainability works within this city ordinance to assist with the implementation of projects designed to make our roads safer and more accessible.
The University of Mississippi has a Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Policy.
Bicycle Friendly University
The University of Mississippi was designated Bicycle Friendly University on the Bronze level by the League of American Cyclists in 2015. The Active Transportation Advisory Committee is actively working to improve infrastructure and education around cycling in pursuit of this designation.