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Our vision is to reduce the environmental impact of student, faculty, staff, and visitor travel by providing safe, environmentally efficient modes of transportation and the required support infrastructure.

The daily transportation and travel choices made by members of the University community and by visitors to campus affect Northwestern’s greenhouse gas emissions. We will reduce the negative environmental impact of these choices by increasing the availability of options such as biking, walking, and public transportation, and increasing access to charging stations and other infrastructure for electric vehicles.

The Transportation Working Group is the hub for sustainability efforts involving Northwestern’s pedestrian, bicycle, public transportation, and electric vehicle accessibility.

Key Focus Areas

  • Public transportation use
  • Pedestrian- and bike-friendly roads and walkways
  • City of Evanston partnership for a Complete Streets policy
  • Resources and facilities supporting bicycle and electric vehicle use
  • Campus fleet emissions reduction

Key Objectives

Commuting and Campus Travel

  • 2.1 Increase campus commuters’ use of public transportation by 5 percent (from 2016 baseline) by 2021.
  • 2.2 Increase participation in the Commuter Pre-Tax Transit benefit by 25 percent by 2019.
  • 2.3 Eliminate the campus shuttle fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
  • 2.4 Offset all greenhouse gas emissions associated with University-sponsored travel by 2021.
  • 2.5 Transition the campus fleet to run exclusively on renewable energy by 2030.


  • 2.6 Increase bike commuting by 10 percent (from 2016 baseline) by 2021.
  • 2.7 Achieve Bicycle Friendly University Platinum status through the League of American Bicyclists by 2021.
  • 2.8 Establish a bike management plan and program by 2019.

Electric Vehicles

  • 2.9 Provide new and renovate or retrofit existing parking facilities to increase and incentivize the use of environmentally sustainable transportation by 2021.
  • 2.10 Establish an electric-vehicle charging policy by 2017.

Download the Transportation section of the Implementation Roadmap