Green Pass Users Take 1.8 Million Rides; Spring Passes Available January 2

Austin Community College District Green Pass users have taken more than 1.8 million rides in the two years since the college began offering Capital Metro passes to students and employees. Spring 2012 passes will be available beginning January 2; they remain valid through May 28.

“Green Pass is one of our most successful sustainability initiatives,” says Andy Kim, ACC’s director of environmental stewardship. “It’s helping students get to class, easing parking congestion at our campuses, and lowering ACC’s impact on the environment. We encourage all of our students and employees to try it.”

Fall 2011 Green Passes are valid through January 16.

Funded through the student sustainability fee ($1 per credit hour) and employee parking permit fees, Green Pass provides Capital Metro passes to credit students, faculty, and staff at no additional cost. To obtain a Green Pass, bring your ACC ID to your campus cashier office.

Bus riders are required to swipe their Green Passes in the fare box and show an ACC ID while boarding; MetroRail riders must insert their Green Passes into the ticket validator and show an ACC ID when prompted by fare inspectors.

ACC’s current agreement with Capital Metro runs through August 31, 2012.

“We are pleased with the success of the Green Pass,” says Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro president/CEO. “The program provides obvious benefits to the college, students, and employees, but it also benefits the community by reducing the number of cars on the road and improving air quality. We are proud to partner with ACC for this initiative.”

Green Pass is a key component of ACC’s commitment to sustainable practices. Other sustainability initiatives include Green Car (preferred parking for environmentally-friendly vehicles), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for new construction and major renovations, green cleaning, the phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs, and Green Fountain (water bottle filling stations). Learn more at

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