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Gonzaga expands Green efforts, provides free STA passes to students, faculty

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As part of its sustainability efforts and programs to become carbon neutral by mid-century, Gonzaga University will offer complimentary Spokane Transit Authority bus passes to faculty, students and staff beginning  mid-September.

“We believe this program will … reduce the number of single-occupancy cars on campus, and decrease congestion in the Logan neighborhood. This effort not only demonstrates Gonzaga’s concern for the environment in a practical, everyday way but shows how relatively small changes can, collectively, add up to major and measureable impacts,” said Jim Simon, Gonzaga’s director of sustainability, in a press release.

The program is a response to Gonzaga’s first comprehensive Climate Action Plan (approved in 2013), which targets the goal for Gonzaga to achieve carbon neutrality – net zero emissions – by 2050.

Gonzaga faculty, students or staff interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact Simon,  via email at simonj@gonzaga.edu. Details on the mid-September distribution of passes to the Gonzaga community will be forthcoming through internal GU channels.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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