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For the month of April, the Environment and Energy section will be shining their spotlight on sustainable travel at the University. This page gives you an idea of what’s happening, and how you can get involved in using and promoting sustainable travel. Keep an eye out for more 'spotlight' events, and why not check out the spotlight on waste and spotlight on energy pages too!

With over 9,000 staff, 19,000 students, more than 20 sites of University departments and other buildings, travel to and at work is a key issue for the University to manage. Meanwhile, on a local scale Cambridge is a city with high levels of traffic congestion and air pollution, while in the UK as a whole transport accounts for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions making this an important issue to tackle.

For details of events taking place during Spotlight on Travel month, visit the news article.

How can you encourage the use of sustainable travel in your workplace?

The following is a list of simple actions your department or building can take to encourage sustainable travel. All of these actions are taken from the Green Impact online workbook (see the points and criteria number in brackets after each action), so if completed will get you points towards a Green Impact award .

For departments

  • Promote the University's Travel Plan measures to staff . (B013 – 5 points)
  • Proactively promote the use of teleconferencing facilities, video-conference facilities and/or Skype to relevant staff as an alternative to travelling to meetings. See the UIS webpages for details of the free self-service video conferencing facilities. (B014 – 6 points)
  • Proactively advise visitors on how they can get to meetings, lectures, seminars or conferences via public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing. Why not check the travel leaflets on our resource page for some ideas on what to tell visitors? (S013 – 5 points)
  • Consider how the department might initiate a system to monitor and record the number of business miles travelled on University business by different modes of transport, to include departmental vehicles, private vehicles, city car club (e.g. 'Zipcar') vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, buses, trains and aeroplanes. (G036 – 5 points)
  • Arrange a meeting with the Environmental Coordinator to discuss how to best implement the Travel Plan for their staff. (G037 – 4 points)
  • Promote the following to staff: 
    • The University's car-sharing scheme - CamShare;
    • The University's shuttle bus service - Uni4;
    • The University’s interest-free loan scheme for rail travel;
    • The various options for cycling in Cambridge
    • Site-specific travel plan - Contact the Environmental Coordinator for more information. (G038 – 4 points)
  • Put a policy in place to reduce domestic air travel, OR proactively support/incentivise staff in using alternatives. (G039 - 9 points)
  • Have an active system in place to monitor and record the number of business miles travelled by different modes of transport including, but not limited to, departmental vehicles, private vehicles, taxis, trains, planes and bicycles. Monitoring travel can help measure the impact of sustainable travel incentives and other improvements. (G040 - 8 points)
  • Calculate the department's total carbon footprint for business miles and compare it to previous year's records if relevant. Communicating this to staff can highlight the impact of business travel, any areas to target, and changes year to year. (G041 - 2 points)
  • Ensure that any at least 25% of department-owned fleet cars are in Vehicle Excise Duty bands A or B. (G042 - 6 points)
  • Bring in a pool bicycle system, to allow staff to use a pool bike to get to and from meetings. (G043 - 3 points)
  • Carry out at least one travel awareness activity or event, ideally during Spotlight on Travel month. For instance this could be a sustainable travel 'breakfast' for cyclists or car sharers, a competition for staff, or a stall with information on sustainable travel in a foyer or communcal area such as a tea room. (G061 - 9 points)

For colleges

  • The College informs all its staff and students where their nearest cycle parking and shower facilities are. (CT064 - 2 points)
  • The College proactively advises the majority of external visitors how they can get to meetings and other events via public transport, walking, cycling or car sharing. (CT065 - 6 points)
  • The College provides cycle pumps and tools along with details of public transport links, and cycle repair services. (CT066 - 4 points)
  • The College has provisions for electric vehicle charge points on site (CT067 - 5 points)
  • EITHER the College does not have any College-owned, or fleet cars OR if it does, at least 25% are in Vehicle Excise Duty bands A or B. (CT068 - 6 points)