Inclusive Sustainability Plan 2020



Globally, transportation is the second-leading source of emissions behind energy use. There are many benefits to reducing transportation-related emissions including increased health and wellness, reduction of on-campus traffic congestion, and a decrease in air pollution. On campus, the Otter Cycle Center offers commuter and high-performance bicycle rentals for students of all abilities. There are also 2-4 Zipcars on campus, reducing the need for car ownership. Investing in sustainable transportation options will be critical to support campus growth and build community.


  • Two roundabouts added reducing congestion and GHG emissions.
  • Free boarding of any MST network buses, with service from San Jose to Big Sur (237,000 trips were taken during the 2018-2019 academic year).
  • Approximately 115,000 rides taken on electric scooters during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • CSUMB named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2019.
This chart illustrates the percentage of students using sustainable commute options over time. In 2017, 45% of students were using sustainable commute options. In 2018, 50% of students. In 2019, 53% of students.
This chart illustrates the percentage of students taking the shuttle or using public transit over time. In 2012, 24% of students were taking the shuttle or using public transit. The trend is decreasing. In 2016, 20% of students are taking the shuttle or using public transit. in 2019, only 9% of students are taking the shuttle or using public transit.

How do you travel?

The transportation sector accounts for over 37% of our state's greenhouse gas emissions, it impacts our health and well-being and has high costs. The CSUMB campus is increasing access to alternative transportation services such public transit, car-sharing and safe bicycle commuting. The Campus Master Plan also integrates improved pedestrian safety and trail connections with the planned campus growth. More sustainable commute options are easier on the wallet and can be more convenient when practiced often.

Students biking

CSU Sustainability Policy Goals

Students travel to campus differently. This chart provides a ratio of how our students get to and from campus, (drive alone, transit, walk, etc.) based on a Spring 2016 campus survey.

  • Promote alternative transportation or fuel.


Performance Charts

Pie chart of how students get to campus
The information provided shows the ratio of how students get to and from campus, (drive alone, transit, walk, etc.) based on a survey done in Spring 2016.
    • Support the construction of the Fort Ord Recreation Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) through campus including a separated bicycle lane between East and Main campus.
    • Expand the campus multi-modal transportation system incrementally in every infrastructure project and new program.
    • Implement an zero emission campus shuttle and build in 2-3 trips/week to grocery stores. (EJ&I)
    • Implement management practices that encourage employee commute travel by modes other than single occupancy fossil-fuel run vehicles.
    • Expand para-transportation services on campus. Maintain wheelchair accessibility on transit service through campus. (EJ&I)
    • Expand accessible pedestrian pathways at every bus stop, bicycle parking area and parking lot, and connect to the closest appropriate building. (EJ&I)
    • Provide Indoor secure bike parking and storage lockers for commuters.
    • Hire a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Coordinator and Student Outreach Assistant.
    • Create a Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDM) to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips.
    • Implement the existing policy limiting residential vehicles for first and second year residential students by 2021.
    • Increase the number of electric vehicle chargers on campus to 40+ by 2025.
    • Create a tiered parking permit structure with more specific permit types by fall 2025.
    • Use carshare (Zipcar) for faculty and staff business travel off campus, in place by Fall 2021. Pursue accessible Zipcars and Zipcar locations for East Campus.
    • Address reliable and affordable transportation as a Basic Need for students. (EJ&I)
    • Increase the number of subscribers to GO-831, RideAmigos, and other rideshare platforms as they become available by 10% every year.
    • Outline a plan by 2021 to begin the transition of campus fleet vehicles to zero emissions.