Institute for Sustainable Development
Zimride and Zipcar

Ridesharing options are available.

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Travel, Transportation, Parking, and Fleet Maintenance

New Travel Claim Reporting Requirements

In order to monitor our carbon footprint we have implemented a new policy requiring state employees to report miles traveled on all state business or the Travel Claim Form (Section 27). For specific travel claim instructions preview the PowerPoint detailed instructions or contact The State Travel Office by phone at 898-5766. For your convenience below are some helpful mileage calculation links:
http://www.milecalc.com/
http://www.world-airport-codes.com/

Transportation

The California State University, Chico campus is very bike-friendly, but automobile use is still common among students, faculty, and staff. Innovations in transportation have helped the campus to lessen its impact on the environment while still continuing to promote the advantages of walking, biking, and mass transit transportation options. See our transportation web site at www.csuchico.edu/taps/sustainable_transportation.php

Zimride

California State University, Chico has partnered with Zimride to launch a social network for ridesharing.  The Zimride platform uses Facebook integration to create a way to find friends to share commutes or one-time rides.  This private network allows individuals to join together and reduce campus traffic, parking difficulties and provide substantial cost-savings for our community.

Zimride has developed a custom rideshare solution to serve Chico State’s campus population. Through Zimride’s web-based interface, faculty, staff and students can find others with similar commuting patterns or one-time rides.  As a social network platform with optional Facebook integration, Zimride helps establish trust among users. Just like with Facebook, “Zimriders” can view profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride. Visit http://zimride.csuchico.edu

While a CSU, Chico email address is required, the Zimride social network for ridesharing is an independent program and is not managed by CSU, Chico.

Zipcar

On September 22, 2009 The Institute for Sustainable Development partnered with ZipCar to launch the program. Chico is the second CSU campus to partner with Zipcar, San Francisco State being the first.

The program allows students, faculty and staff who are 18 and older to share new cars for as low as $8 an hour. The cost includes gas, insurance, cleaning, and maintenance. There are five new cars conveniently located in spaces on campus to choose from. There are three at the Student Health Center lot and two at the Hazel Street lot.

The car sharing program is very convenient and inexpensive when compared to owning your own vehicle and each shared car takes 15-20 personally-owned vehicles off the road. This is a great money-saving program for those who only need a car once in awhile. Eligible users can join online for just $35 per year at www.zipcar.com/chicostate/.

To find out more contact the Institute for Sustainable Development at (530) 898-3333 or visit the Zipcar website.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Alternative Fuel Vehicles have been on campus since 1989 when FMS purchased its first electric cart. Since then, Facilities Management Services has an electric vehicle fleet with 43 vehicles in addition to a new Green Machine 525 HS Sweeper. The A.S. also owns one electric vehicle and one propane-powered truck. The Associated Students owns one student shuttle bus that is used by the Chico Area Transit service and is run on natural gas.

Free Bus Transit

Free Bus Transit is offered to students, faculty, and staff on the Chico Area Transit and Butte County Transit bus services during the fall and spring semesters. This service is subsidized both by the Associated Students and the University through an agreement with the City of Chico.

For more transportation ideas please visit www.csuchico.edu/taps/