UC Davis

UCD nets platinum cycling award for green efforts

By From page A3 | April 28, 2013

The League of American Bicyclists recently awarded UC Davis its platinum “Bicycle Friendly Business” award, the first college campus to receive the designation.

The league credited UCD with helping lead the country “toward a greener future” when it honored the campus on Earth Day, April 22. The award recognizes employers who encourage a bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers.

David Takemoto-Weerts, coordinator of the Bicycle Program with UCD Transportation and Parking Services, said in a news release that the campus provides “a safe, efficient and welcoming environment to encourage campus employees to choose cycling as their preferred commute mode.”

In applying for the award, UCD noted that it limits vehicle traffic on campus and its Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program, an online education module.

UCD boasts 42 miles of bike paths, 20,000 high-security racks, safety programs, free showers and do-it-yourself repair stations for cyclists. The student-run Bike Barn offers sales and service.

UCD is the eighth platinum recipient of the business award since the league began bestowing the honor in 2008. Of the others, five are bicycles companies and one Portland, Ore., firm designs bikeways.

The last is the New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colo., makers of Fat Tire beer, with its bicycle label, which among its other activities promotes cycling with bike-in movie nights.

The league has previously designated UCD as one of 58 campuses it considers bike friendly. In that category, UCD is one of three campuses with a gold designation, joining Portland State University and UC Santa Barbara. Stanford University is the lone platinum-level recipient, so far.

In 2005, the league named Davis its first-ever platinum bike-friendly community. Portland and Boulder, Colo., have since followed.

It’s the latest in a series of recent green accolades for the UCD campus, beginning last year with Sierra Magazine’s top “cool school” ranking for its sustainability efforts.

Also this month: UCD earned a profile in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” an online resource for students, published with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. The Princeton Review based its selections on surveys of 806 campuses.

UCD’s environmental credentials include four Green Building Council LEED platinum buildings, the Unitrans bus system, a top-10 environmental studies program, the West Village housing project and its sourcing of food deemed sustainable.

UCD reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from 243,000 to 228,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent between 2007 and 2010. Verification is underway on its 2011 emissions figure of 213,000 metric tons, according to the campus.

— Online: http://sustainability.ucdavis.edu

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
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