by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
Montgomery County Community College’s continuing sustainability initiative grew in the fall 2012 semester. Specifically, two programs have proven effective in reducing the College’s carbon footprint.
Greater Valley Forge Transportation (GVF) facilitates the Campus Shuttle between Central and West Campus. For the Fall 2012 semester, 4,567 riders saved thousands of dollars in gasoline and took advantage of the free service. The below chart demonstrates how ridership swelled in the middle of the semester, peaking in October with a whopping 1,351 riders!
Again, thanks to MCCC’s commitment, 4,567 cars did NOT emit hazardous exhaust into an already polluted atmosphere. Compared to the 3,766 over the same months—August through December—in 2011, 801 more riders took advantage of the Shuttle in 2012.
Zim Ride program also proved a worthwhile initiative for long-term sustainability and environmental change. Carpooling through Zim Ride allows the MC3 community to cut down gas costs, protect the environment, and meet new people! Since combining efforts with Zim, the College has posted 1,203,411 carpooling miles, which equates to a Potential CO2 Reduction of 225,150 lbs.
And a reminder for all those who drive energy-efficient vehicles, the Green Lot by ATC at the Central Campus remains open and available for those who carpool or those who drive vehicles with 25 MPG or greater.