USC Transportation recognizes the importance of meeting the transportation needs of the campus without compromising the health of our students, employees, or the environment. By initiating several efforts with our Transportation vehicles and attitudes we know we continue to search for new ways to cutting costs while going green.

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Green Buses

All of our buses operate on alternative fuels. We currently operate 13 bio-diesel buses, 1 CNG bus, and 11 propane buses.

Impact: Both Diesel and Propane fuel are safer than gasoline because they are non-toxic and do not compromise those living in our community or the environment. Biodiesel fuel reduces toxin compounds by 75-85%. Propane fueled vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18%, and show no visible sign of tail pipe exhaust.

Green Cruisers

We have purchased highly rated green vehicles, including 5 hybrid vehicles, and plan to continue this conversion from unleaded vehicles to hybrid technology.

Impact: Hybrid cars produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than comparable gasoline cars. This translates to less airborne pollutants and a cleaner earth.

Maven Car Sharing

Maven is a more connected, seamless car sharing experience that alleviates the parking demand on and around campus. Students, faculty, and staff can rent vehicles parked in 17 locations throughout campus.

Impact: During the first six months of offering the Chevrolet Bolt EV in Maven markets in California, more than 1.4 million all-electric miles were driven and an estimated 56,000 gallons of gasoline were saved.

Fuel Station

We offer B20 biodiesel fuel to our customers at the fuel station by the Parking Center.

Impact: B20 Biodiesel allows unmodified diesel engines to use alternative fuel without modifying the engine. Since biodiesel is not a fossil fuel it can cut greenhouse-gas emissions as well as ordinary pollutants (particularly soot) by displacing petroleum diesel fuel.

Carpool & Vanpool

Many USC Employees share the commute to USC’s campuses by participating in private vanpool or USC carpool programs.

Impact: Carpool and vanpool riders save money on gasoline, parking costs, vehicle maintenance, and insurance while helping reduce peak-period traffic congestion and emission pollution.


The Clean Air Awards honor those “who have made a significant contribution to cleaner air through innovation, leadership and personal environmental commitment.” USC Transportation is proud to announce that over the last 3 years we have maintained an Average Vehicle Ridership over 1.70.

Recognition & Awards

Our partners and affiliates recognize USC Transportation’s outstanding accomplishments in cutting back greenhouse emissions and reducing the university’s carbon footprint.

USG President’s Award

Successful Green Initiative Projects

The 2007 USG President’s Award recognized the department who most effectively instituted new practices which lent to a greener USC community. This award is endorsed by the student body, as it is given by the Undergraduate Student Government that advocates for student needs. USC Transportation has incorporated sustainable business practices into our core strategic and operational activities, which include the purchase and use of energy efficient vehicles and active promotion of ridesharing.

Clean Air Award

Air Quality Management District
2006 2007 2008

Through its Clean Air Awards, AQMD honors individuals, corporations and communities that make a significant difference through innovation, leadership and personal environmental commitment.

Innovative Transportation Project Award

The USC’s employee commute reduction program is more than a simple rideshare program. The program includes a fully integrated marketing and outreach component, and greatly exceeds the trip reduction targets of AQMD’s Rule 2202.

The program has taken great strides to improve air quality in Southern California through a variety of alternative commute options. Carpools and vanpools with preferred parking, rideshare matching services, and subsidies for public transit are just some of the options available to USC employees. The success of the USC Transportation Office in communicating these options to employees is evident all around campus – on a peak commute day, more than 900 employees car/vanpool to work, 1,100 arrive by bus or rail and almost 1,200 walk or bike.

Outstanding Group Award

Metro Rideshare Diamond Award

Diamond Award for Outstanding Group Achievement. The category recognizes groups who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and rideshare advocacy.

“The employers we’re recognizing today have demonstrated their commitment to helping improve air quality and alleviate our region’s traffic congestion through carpool, vanpool, public transit and other…” said Metro CEO Roger Snoble.

Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

Advancing Women in Transportation

The WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award recognizes organizations that improve the way transportation programs are run for the better. USC Transportation’s effort to create a sustainable transit system is leading the wave of change with a big investment in one of the nation’s best and greenest university transit systems.