Western Sustainability Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through alternative transportation.


Creating a Zipcar account for your department is as easy as filling out an online form. There are already six WWU departments signed up. If your department has a Travel Card, and the administrator is willing to set up an account with Zipcar, there is no charge to your department for the membership. The department is only charged for members’ work-related uses of the car.

The Department Travel Card is a VISA card supported by the PaymentNet online system to review transactions and allocate transactions to appropriate budget and account codes. The Department Travel card is issued in the name of a University staff member in a department or area who will become the Department Travel Liaison. For more information contact Brenda Ancheta, Card Administrator at ext. 3561. Visit Travel Card for more information.

So what are the advantages to joining Zipcar? See a few fun facts below.

  • Each Zipcar takes 15 personally owned vehicles off the road
  • This means fewer emissions and a reduction in general pollution released by the typical vehicle
  • Cuts back on WWU’s climate footprint as a university
  • After joining Zipcar, 90% of members drove 5,500 miles or less per year. That adds up to more than 32 million gallons of crude oil left in the ground—or 219 gallons saved per Zipster
WWU’s Zipcars are parked in designated spaces in the 11G/PAC Parking Lot. The current cars available include a gray Ford Focus Hatchback and black Ford Escape 4WD. Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!

Zipcar technology comes with a world-class vehicle reservation system and easy-to-use account management tools. Booking is easily done for free on the Zipcar website or through their iPhone/Android app. Learn more at:

Sign up here: Zipcar WWU.

Program Contact: Carol Berry, Campus Conservation Program Manager,

No-Idle Zone Signs

"No-Idle Zone" signs have been posted on WWU's North and South High St. gates as of May 2013. The city of Bellingham allowed the implementation of the signs after requests from the Office of Sustainability and the WWU Public Safety team. The signs were donated from the Northwest Clean Air Agency.

Idling Dangers:

  • Vehicle exhaust contains a mix of small particles and chemicals classified as "hazardous air pollutants."
  • Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases the risk of cancer, heart & lung disease, asthma and allergies.
  • One hour of idling burns up to a gallon of fuel and produces approx. 20 pounds of carbon dioxide – the principal greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
  • Idling for 20 minutes generates the same amount of dangerous emissions as driving nearly 320 miles.
  • Idling for over 30 seconds wastes more fuel than turning your vehicle engine off and on. [Source]

Sustainable Transportation Office

  • Provides assistance to the WWU community with alternative transportation information
  • Supports Student Transportation
  • Is a campus resource for sustainable transportation news and information
  • Is a liaison between WWU, WTA and other transportation-related community groups, and
  • Fulfills the requirements of the state Commute Trip Reduction Act
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Commute Trip Reduction

Commute Trip Reduction

Western's Drive-Alone Rate from 1998-2010
A drop from 30% overall drive-alone, to 17%. (Reported by Carol Berry, WWU Sustainable Transportation Coordinator)

A Transportation Management Program (TMP) was initiated by Western Washington University in September 1995. The TMP is coordinated by Transportation Services and is intended to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles, and minimize impacts of automobile transportation and parking on surrounding neighborhoods and the community. Since 1997, an added goal is to comply with the state Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law. Transportation Services also manages the operations of the student transportation program, and coordinates information and activities with the Office of Sustainability.

Western Student Transportation


The Alternative Transportation Fee provides students with viable transit services, and encourages sustainable transportation practices through student engagement in education and advocacy.

The Western Student Transportation program (WST) was created by the Associated Students, in conjunction with the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, after the successful student vote for the transportation fee in April 2007. The program goal is to enable students to live a full college experience without owning a personal vehicle.

Supporting a Sustainable WWU
This program supports equality, diversity and community through improved transportation equity, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and increased student engagement and sustainability awareness. The program provides student employment and student academic partnership opportunities. An active Alternative Transportation Fee Committee consisting of a majority of student representatives along with supporting administrative staff manages the program.

WWU Late Night Shuttle

Student Shuttle

The WWU Late Night Shuttle leaves the Viking Union or Haggard Hall at 11:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the Shuttle leaves the Viking Union at 9:00 PM, or Haggard Hall at 10PM. It provides a safe, efficient, and convenient service to jobs, residences, shopping, dining, entertainment and libraries. The Shuttle operates seven days a week when WWU is in session, not including summer quarter. Only WWU students with a valid WWU ID card or valid Viking Xpress Bus Pass may ride the WWU Late Night Shuttle.

  • On-Campus destinations include WWU Residence Halls, Viking Union, Library, Wade King Rec Center, Birnam Wood Apartments.
  • Off-Campus stops include Sehome Village, Lincoln Creek Transportation Center, Lincoln St., Lakeway, Holly, Commercial, Railroad, Magnolia, and Indian St.
  • See Student Transportation for route maps/schedules.

Program Contact: Carol Berry, Campus Conservation Program Manager,

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