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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the mid-September distribution of passes to the Gonzaga community will be forthcoming through internal GU channels.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 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, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.