Travel Offset Program

The Campus Sustainability Office has created a travel offset program designed to help mitigate the greenhouse gas impacts of University business travel. University travel was responsible for 7922 MTCO2e or approximately 6% of total campus emissions in fiscal year 2014.

From the airplane flight itself and ground transportation, to the emissions embodied in the lodging and food services that make a business trip, travel creates emissions impacts in several ways. The goal of the travel offset program is to mitigate those impacts by setting aside funds to lower our campus’s greenhouse gas emissions in other ways through efficiency improvements right here at home.

Currently a voluntary program, the program works by charging a participating department a fee of 2% of their total travel expenses. Those funds are then allocated to the Green Revolving Fund for efficiency upgrades on campus. 
The following departments are participating:
Campus Planning Office
Campus Sustainability Office
Capital Projects and Construction
Facilities and Property Management
Materials Management
Transportation and Parking Services
Office of Information Technology
Environmental Health & Safety
Risk Management
Treasury
Research & Strategic Partnerships
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
University Place Hotel
School of Business Administration - Global Initiatives Study Abroad Program
Office of the President
Human Resources
Student Financial Resources
University Financial Services
Government Relations 
Office of Academic Affairs
Campus Public Safety
Retail Services
Digital City Testbed Center
 
Please contact greencampus@pdx.edu if your department is interested in participating, or for more information.