As an example of the commitment to create a greener campus, Illinois State University started a partnership with Zimride during the spring semester.

Zimride is the largest online social ride-share community in North America, and allows users to arrange shared rides via Facebook and Twitter.

“A primary initiative of Parking and Transportation is to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles coming to and from the campus,” Director of Parking and Transportation Julie North said.

More than 350,000 users take part in Zimride across 80 college and university campuses. North hopes the site will reduce ISU campus traffic by offering easy access to carpools.

“Our recent transit survey results confirmed that many people are interested in carpooling or creating vanpools. We are excited to offer a program that will allow our community to easily find and share rides,” North said.