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Cal State Fullerton Among EPA's 2006 Best Workplaces for Commuters
University offers rail and bus reimbursements, as well as walk, bike and carpool incentive programs.

May 31, 2006 :: No. 266

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Cal State Fullerton as one of the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” among the nation’s colleges and universities.

Its 2006 list — the EPA’s first annual list of colleges and universities — includes 72 institutions of higher education in 26 states recognized as “environmental leaders that improve air quality, save energy and reduce traffic congestion in their communities.”

To qualify for the list, a college or university must provide:
        • At least one primary commuter benefit, which can include a monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy or cash in lieu of free parking;
        • At least three supporting commuter benefits, such as carpool/vanpool incentives;
        • A central point of contract for information that informs employees of available commuter benefits; and
        • Access to a regional or employer-provided emergency/guaranteed ride home program.

Cal State Fullerton offers rail and bus reimbursements, as well as walk, bike and carpool incentive programs. In 2003, the university joined the Orange County Transportation Authority to kick off the U-Pass program, which allows students, faculty and staff to ride free on OCTA buses any time, anywhere by showing their TitanCard. The program is funded by parking ticket revenues.

“At Cal State Fullerton, we understand that workdays do not start at our desk, but at our home doorstep,” said Lupe Briseno, campus commuter programs manager in Parking and Transportation, which coordinates these programs. “As an employer, Cal State Fullerton must do all that it can to encourage options to driving alone so that employees arrive here refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle their day.”

Environmental Benefits From Campus Commuter Programs

The information below illustrates the environmental benefits of Cal State Fullerton’s commuter programs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmental Benefits

Reduction

Units

CO2

1,375

Metric tons per year

Gasoline

156,302

Gallons per year

Gas Money

$456,401

Per year

Miles

3,263,706

Per year

Vehicle Trips

78,042

Round trips (to and from work) per year

Cars

272

"Off the road" per year

Media Contacts:

Paulette Blumberg, associate director of parking and transportation, at 657-278-3082 or pblumberg@fullerton.edu
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at 657-278-4852 or pmclaren@fullerton.edu


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