Commute Alternatives
Cliff Shuttle fleet is 100 percent alternatively fueled by biodiesel, made from recycled cooking oil from our cafeterias
Click on the links below to go to our Sustainability Dashboard.

Emory is committed to its role as model of a progressive, sustainable, 'green' campus. Members of the Emory community are encouraged to work together to re-examine their modes of commuting and consider modes that share all or part of the ride with others.

Emory's extensive commute options program includes:
  • Free transit passes for the city’s MARTA transit system to staff enrolled as alternative commuters.

  • The "Cliff" shuttle system, which is one of the largest bus systems in metro Atlanta. Every month, approximately 240,000 faculty, students and staff ride this 100 percent alternatively fueled system, which powers the fleet of shuttles on biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil from Emory's cafeterias and hospitals.

  • Bike Emory, [bike.emory.edu], a bike program in partnership with Fuji Bikes and Bicycle South, which includes a bike rental program [bike.emory.edu/rental] on Emory's main campus and bike share program at Oxford College. Bike Emory also partners with Bicycle South to provide a bike repair unit inside Dobbs University Center (DUC), and offers discounted bikes and accessories for staff and students.

  • Zimride, Georgia's first-ever ridematching service using a social networking website.

  • ZipCar (formerly FlexCar), a car share program on Emory's campus and throughout Atlanta. Emory was FlexCar's first Atlanta customer.

  • Park-n-ride facilities at area shopping malls around the perimeter of Atlanta. This partnership takes vehicles off the roads while at the same time curbing the need to build new parking lots on campus.

  • Extensive system of carpools and vanpools that carry hundreds of commuters to work each day.

Electric Vehicle Charging
The Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Parking and Transportation have been working for over a year on strategies to address requests for EV charging. Emory’s energy and carbon emissions reduction goals make it important to avoid additional uses of electricity on campus. Reducing electricity use is critically important at Emory because most of the power from our utility, Georgia Power, has been primarily from coal-fired power plants, the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. Therefore, we have been looking over the past two years at solar-powered charging stations in order to avoid the negative impacts of increased electricity use that would come from EV charging. The costs of these systems is prohibitively expensive at this point. Over the past year, the fuel mix from Georgia Power has changed significantly, and we are now considering non-renewable EV charging with separate metering that allow us to track and subtract EV charging from our campus electricity use. These stations are still very expensive. However, the first of these stations will be placed in a residential parking deck for Emory students in the next few months thanks to funding from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) matched by Parking and Transportation and Residence Life. Parking and Transportation is evaluating other locations and potential funding sources, but it is a costly expenditure.

Quick Links
Bike Emory

GA Bike Sense Guide

Alternative Transportation

Ridematching Service Using a Social Networking website -- Zimride

Online Ridematch Application - Myridesmart


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