Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reduce Your Carbon FootprintThe University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) offers a variety of alternative transportation programs in support of the University’s sustainability initiatives.

“Due to the demand of parking spaces, these programs offer students, faculty, and staff a fun and easy way to save money and help reduce the University’s carbon footprint,” says Tony Green, manager of transportation demand management and transportation services.

Here’s a glimpse of what PTS has to offer:

Bike Parking Facility

For those who ride to school or work, the University offers a secured bike cage located on the first floor of the Pratt Street Garage.


This rideshare program is designed to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. All participants must carpool at least four times a week and share one parking permit with a designated driver, and carpools should be composed of three or more riders.

Dawn Fox, RN, research nurse, and Jennifer Marron, RN, protocol manager, both with the School of Medicine’s General Clinical Research Center, started carpooling together in 2012.

“Not only would our parking costs be cut in half, but there were other incentives such as free movie passes and car washes. We made it our New Year’s resolution to sign up,” Marron says.

Other benefits include courtesy parking passes, special UMCommuterPOOL parking spaces, and other free giveaways.

“We were happy to save money and help the environment by taking one more car off the road,” Marron says. “It’s also nice to have company on the ride to and from work.”

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The University currently hosts 16 electric vehicle charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies.

“I have been using the University’s charging stations since I purchased my all-electric Tesla S,” says Robert Percival, JD, MA, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program at the Francis King Carey School of Law. “By offering this service, the University made it practical for me to buy an all-electric vehicle, which has slashed the carbon footprint of my daily commute from Washington, D.C.”

Likewise, Nevins Todd, MD, associate professor at the School of Medicine, who has been using the service for the past three months, says, “I charge my Toyota Prius and feel this service benefits the University because it is better for the environment and the country as a whole.”

Guaranteed Ride Home

Guaranteed Ride Home, sponsored by Commuter Connections, provides commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, or take public transportation with a free and reliable ride home up to four times per year.

Low Emission, Fuel Efficient (LEFE) Parking

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)-certified vehicles may park in LEFE spaces reserved at any of the following University garages: Baltimore Grand, Pearl Street, Penn Street, Pratt Street, and Saratoga Street.

UM shuttle

The UM shuttle transports University students, faculty, and staff, and University of Maryland Medical Center employees to and from the University fare-free, traveling to neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, and the BioPark.

— Tracy Gnadinger

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