Transportation: Environmental Sustainability 

  • Riding a bicycle is a fun and easy way to stay active and reduce the carbon footprint associated with vehicular transportation. The ISU Online Campus Map includes safe bicycle routes on campus, while the City of Ames maintains its own map displaying the safest bicycle routes for community use. In total, there are more than 6,000 bicycle racks on campus: 3,560 in the general university area and 2,630 in Department of Residence areas.
  • Of Transportation Services' 550 vehicles, 200 are low-emission or zero-emission vehicles that discharge little to no pollutants into the atmosphere, significantly decreasing Iowa State's carbon footprint.
  • On average, Transportation Services conducts 30-100 car washes per day for its vehicles. To save money and reduce its water use, Transportation Services recently installed an automated car wash system with adjustable settings that better manages water efficiency.
  • Due to increasing awareness of sustainability issues at Iowa State, Transportation Services recently switched to bulk delivery and storage of all fluids, including fuel, oil, antifreeze and washer fluid, to eliminate the unnecessary waste of plastic and metal containers.
  • Any and all vehicular parts are recycled if they can not be sold at auction. For example, the Iowa Department of Transportation converts old tires from Transportation Services into paving material for state highways.
  • The campus-wide installation of solar trash and recycling compactors has reduced the number of pickups by a ratio of 5:1 and has also reduced the resulting fuel and emission costs.