Mudge explained that while sustainability is a global issue, it is essential to take steps locally, and now. “We have to be cognizant of local issues such as the loss of green space and the quality of campus life, he said. “Otherwise, it will be too late, too soon.”I'd imagine that most colleges and universities have pretty hefty carbon footprints, and that commuting to and from class accounts for a sizeable portion of them. We need to start thinking creatively about this problem, and not view it merely as an issue of convenience. We also need to realize that most schools are commuter campuses -- residential students, as a rule, are minorities of the student population.
He added that people falsely assume that they have the rights to commute and to use as much energy as they can afford. In order to change these beliefs, “The campus needs a paradigm shift in how we look at sustainability options,” he said. (my emphasis)
Mudge also offered some potential solutions, including smaller parking spaces, making central campus “pedestrians only” to deter commuters from driving, and a “pay as you go” system as an alternative to pre-paid parking passes.
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