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UM Wins National Recognition for Transportation Options

The National Wildlife Federation has named The University of Montana winner of the transportation award for its innovative and effective transit system as part of the "Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming" competition.

UM was one of eight schools honored from a nationwide pool of entries. NWF bestowed UM with the award for the Associated Students of UM Office of Transportation, created in 1999 by a student referendum. It is the only student-run transit system in the country

Since its inception, the ASUM Office of Transportation has increased student ridership and reduced pollution that causes global warming. In 2000 UM’s fleet began using biodiesel in its buses. During 2006-07, the campus transit system reduced carbon emissions by roughly 170 tons. The transportation office also provides bikes for students to check out and promotes ride shares through social networking sites such as Facebook.com.

NWF’s "Chill Out" awards honor U.S. schools that are ahead of their time in addressing global warming and being highly creative in doing so. Other winning schools in the competition include: The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.; Cascadia Community College and the University of Washington in Bothell, Wash.; the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.; Butte College in Oroville, Calif.; Berea College in Berea, Ky.; and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y.

Learn more about the "Chill Out" competition and NWF online at http://www.campuschillout.org or http://www.nwf.org .