I ride into campus to work each day on a bus. Sure, it's the "green" thing to do but that's not really why I do it.
The real reason is because there's virtually no on-campus parking for regular workers and what is here is extravagantly expensive. Why, you ask?
Because the entire time I've worked here there's been at least 5 buildings going up at any one time. And since there's not much open space on a campus this old, those buildings are frequently going up on what used to be parking lots.
But at least the top administrators, doctors, and students have places to park. Thank heavens for that. ;-)
Nothing green about all that damn construction. Hell, it's not even easy to walk across campus. You constantly have to take short-cuts through buildings to avoid fenced off areas.
Seeing such a large amount of construction makes it difficult to believe that the state is in such a budget crisis.
Of course it's a lot easier to remember when you glance at your paycheck and recall that in the last fiscal year they reduced every one's salary by half a percent to make up for a shortfall in the last month of the budget year.
At least we'll have some pretty buildings to look at as we try to figure out a way to make ends meet in these fiscally difficult times. They say beauty can feed the soul, I just wish it would feed the body too. *sigh*
And a nice perk is that riding the buses here is free. The school subsidizes the Chapel Hill Transit system. And I guess that does reduce our carbon dioxide emissions somewhat...