USA Sustainability extends to transit and pedestrian use. In 2004, USA began operation of the JagTran transit system. This free public transit system is used by students, faculty and staff to reduce use of automobiles on campus. The program also includes:
- Several WAVE Transit stops on or near campus.
- Expanded and improved pedestrian paths.
- Significant planting and landscaping to encourage pedestrian traffic.
Now, USA has introduced Jag Bikes
, its most innovative environmental program to date. Jag Bikes is the result of a Student Sustainability Council idea that gained the support of the University Sustainability Committee as well as the Faculty Senate Environmental Quality Committee
It was embraced by USA President Gordon Moulton and announced in a March 2011 meeting of the USA Board of Trustees
. At that meeting, President Moulton surprised Student Sustainability President Cassie Fambro with the first of 500 bikes students began using Fall Semester 2011.
Students are encouraged to become more environmentally conscious by focusing on sustainability with the free use of bikes, rather than cars, on campus. Jag Bikes are located in bike racks across the campus, and students may ride them to class, where they will be left for other students to use.
USA trustees Mayor Sam Jones, seated left, and Christie Miree listen as Faculty Senate Environmental Quality Committee Chair Dr. Doug Marshall, an associate professor of sociology, talks about faculty commitment to the University’s sustainability initiative.