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From A to B, and the GHG’s in Between

Transportation is responsible for over 55% of CSUN’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s). Some of this is university-funded travel, such as employees traveling to conferences or meetings off-site, or faculty presenting research at a conference. Another portion is on-campus transportation, including maintenance and delivery vehicles. The vast majority of these emissions, however, come from student and employee commuting. With a population of over 40,000 students, faculty, and staff, CSUN is a major contributor to traffic and air pollution in the San Fernando Valley. Each year, CSUN surveys its employees and students to better understand commuting habits, perceptions, and impacts. The results of these surveys help CSUN create an accurate picture of the university’s greenhouse gas emissions. They also provide insight into how the university can further develop policies, programs and infrastructure to expand and support more sustainable transportation systems.

Previous survey results were compiled into an annual commuting report, which contained maps, graphs, and analyses of the commuting habits of various populations. This year, for the first time, CSUN’s transportation survey results have been used to create an interactive online dashboard. This format will allow viewers to interact with the data in new ways. Users can view commute distances, times, and percentage breakdowns for different transportation modes, and explore more in-depth statistics for different subsets of the campus population.

This new tool highlights the importance of supporting diverse transportation options, and will be an invaluable resource for student projects, planning efforts and engagement activities.

Explore CSUN’s transportation dashboard here: