A Greener Commute

Author: Rachel Novick

Notre Dame is introducing a new program designed to encourage more eco-friendly commuting: preferred parking spots will now be available in five lots on campus for qualifying low emissions vehicles (LEVs). This pilot program will be open to Notre Dame faculty, staff, and graduate students. To find out if your vehicle is included in this program, check the Vehicle List maintained by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

If your vehicle qualifies, you will be able to get an LEV windshield sticker from the Office of Sustainability. Walk-in hours are scheduled for Thursday, August 20th and Tuesday, September 1st from 12 to 4pm in 317 Main Building. If you can’t stop by during those times, please email sustainability@nd.edu and request an appointment.

You will need to bring a copy of your registration and your Notre Dame ID to complete the application. The preferred spots, which will be marked with special signage, are located at St. Liam Hall Lot A15, Stepan Lot B16, Library Lot B2, Student Lot D2, and Stadium Lot B1. Click here to download a map of the preferred spots in PDF form.

What if your vehicle doesn’t qualify? There are many other ways to green your commute, according to Erin Hafner, Programs Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “Public transportation is a great eco-friendly alternative, and TRANSPO buses are always free with a Notre Dame ID,” says Hafner. “Biking to campus is now becoming even easier, because the newly opened Geddes Hall as well as soon-to-be-opened Stinson-Remick Hall, Purcell Pavilion, and Innovation Park all include showers, changing rooms, and bike storage facilities. Carpooling is also a great option for many that both saves gas and provides a chance to catch up with friends.”