During the past academic year, well over 9,000 parking permits were purchased at Eastern Illinois University. With that many students, staff and faculty members using automobiles on campus, there are undoubtedly ways we could adjust our driving habits in order to reduce our environmental impact.
Many students and EIU personnel could get started by opting to walk to campus. Walking obviously benefits your physical fitness along with saving the atmosphere from your car’s emissions; for many, it’s just a matter of giving yourself an extra 15 minutes to get to campus on foot.
Off-campus students aren’t the only ones who could reduce their time behind the wheel. Students living on campus with a car should still aim to walk to off-campus destinations whenever possible. If you don’t want to walk, why not use the Panther Shuttle? With numerous on-campus stops along with frequent trips to Walmart, County Market, and the downtown square, the shuttle is a good way to avoid many of those necessary trips across town. Check out EIU's campus map for all panther shuttle bus stops.
EIU also offers bus service to the Chicago suburbs during certain weekends and during every holiday weekend and break. For students living in this region, this is a more environmentally friendly solution for traveling home. Amtrak also offers several routes throughout the state from its Mattoon station.