Reducing Emissions from Transportation
Kelowna Regional Transit introduced the RapidBus in September 2010 with new routes and more service on:
- 97X UBCO/Downtown / RapidBus along Highway 97
- 8 University - now goes to Rutland along Baron
- 10 Rutland - now travels along Enterprise Way
- 23 Lake Country - direct service to Airport terminal added
Taking the bus to school every day is a great way to reduce greenhouse gases, save money and improve your community.
The UBC Okanagan campus has a U-Pass program, which provides students with unlimited access to the Kelowna Regional Transit System and access to HandyDART. This mandatory program is built into student fees and costs $54/semester, however, it is subsidized by the University by 10 percent.
Each semester the U-Pass sticker is placed on the back of the student card for ease of use when boarding the bus. Students need to visit the Students' Union office in UNC133 to recieve the U-Pass sticker once they have obtained their student card. In extremely rare cases, students will be able to opt-out of the U-Pass program, visit UNC133 and a Students' Union representative will assist you.For more information about the U-Pass, please contact the UBC Students' Union Okanagan:
UNC133 | 250.807.8842 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The campus' car-pooling program is a free registration program for vechicles who have two or more occupants commuting. Each parking lot on campus has dedicated preferred parking spots for car-poolers. Registration, including finding a ride-match is available online at http://www.carpool.ca/
For information on how to obtain a car-pool parking pass visit UBC's Okanagan campus Parking Services website.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
To further promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promote green alternatives on campus, UBC's Okanagan campus installed six electric vehicle charging stations in the Fall of 2011.
Six Dandy electric vehicle charging station #1D-S-DDP-1 systems are made visible in parking lot E, across from the bus loop, by the use of yellow posts and painted EV markings in each stall.
UBC's Okanagan campus has approximately 8-10 kms of road and trail routes throughout the campus lands. The campus supports cycling commuters through the provision of bicycle storage and end of trip facilities. A map of cycling routes is available from the City of Kelowna at http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page3788.aspx.
Keeping Your Bike Safe
Bicycle racks are located outside most campus academic buildings as well as the Upper and Lower Cascade residences. A covered bike rack located adjacent to the bus loop is available for a small rental fee by contacting Parking and Security. Secure bicycle storage is also available on the main floor of University Centre.
Cycling end of trip facilities including showers and change room facilities are located in the Gymnasium, Science, Arts and Sciences II, University Centre and Engineering, Management and Education buildings.
- Gymnasium (showers & lockers) – To use these facilities, membership is required.
- Science Building (showers) – This consists of showers in the 2nd floor men’s and women’s washrooms, as well as the main floor wheelchair accessible washroom, and are open to the public.
- University Centre (showers) – These showers are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors and are open to the public.
- ASCII (showers) – Main floor ladies room and the 2nd floor men’s wheelchair accessible washroom are shower equipped and are open to the public.
- Fipke - There is a shower facility on the 3rd floor, but it is not accessible by the public.
- Engineering, Management and Education
- Parking Services Transportation Alternatives: http://parking.ok.ubc.ca/alttrans.html
- UBC Okanagan Student’s Parents Handbook: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/parents/faq.html
- UBC Okanagan International Student’s Handbook: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/international/__shared/assets/International_Student_Handbook35037.pdf
- Gymnasium Fees & Schedules: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/recfacilities/UBCOGymFeeSchedules.html
Approximately 1,400 return trips from Kelowna to Vancouver are diverted annually as a result of HD Video Conferencing. Assuming greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 0.1 tCO₂e per trip, the annual diverted emissions from videoconferencing is 14 tonnes CO₂.
Effective March 1, 2010 Facilities implemented an anti-idling practice on campus. The purpose is to protect public health and improve the environment by reducing fleet emissions while conserving fuel. Reducing fleet idling time reduces air pollution, noise, and fuel consumption. Areas of focus include reducing unnecessary vehicle idling by shutting off engines when idle times are longer than 10-30 seconds, encouraging car-pooling, and encouraging walking and/or biking where possible.
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