Fellow: Colin Quinn-Hurst

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Campus:   Alaska Pacific University
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Topic:   Transportation
Academic Year:   2005-2006
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Fellow Details:   Colin Quinn-Hurst attends Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage working toward a B.S. in environmental policy and planning. In this major, he enjoys the creative aspect of bringing seemingly disparate perspectives and strategies together to find workable solutions to environmental issues. Alaska’s wilderness drew Colin to this course of study, motivating him to preserve the state’s unique environment. To this end, Colin worked with the planning office for Denali National Park and Preserve in the summer of 2003. Colin enjoys endurance sports and exploring the Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges and the Prince William Sound. In the future, Colin hopes to undertake planning projects using creative strategies to support environmental sustainability.

Colin Quinn-Hurst’s project will identify a mix of new parking and investment in alternative means of travel to meet transportation needs and contribute to wider community goals at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. In this project, alternative transportation refers to methods of travel other than single occupant vehicles, including walking, biking, public transit, and carpooling. Colin will: (1) determine current and projected parking costs per vehicle trip to campus, (2) identify campus-specific methods of shifting transportation demand to alternative modes, and (3) present the financial savings and social benefits available through such a shift. To facilitate this process, this project will: form a transportation action committee to address transportation sustainability issues, establish a repeatable methodology for annual analysis of campus travel patterns, and recommend findings for incorporation into the campus Master Plan. On a broader level, this project aims to increase awareness of alternative transportation investment benefits and also seeks to reduce the environmental impact of operations at Alaska Pacific University (APU).

Travel in single occupant vehicles represents an important challenge for improving environmental sustainability at APU. Located in an area with high traffic flow, and with most affiliates living off campus, APU contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution in a community seeking solutions to these problems. For three of the past four years, Anchorage failed to achieve EPA air quality standards for both particulate matter and carbon dioxide, a situation directly related to heavy use of motor vehicles. These emissions contribute to global warming, which already impacts regions of Alaska. A comprehensive, cost-effective combination of TDM programs, can reduce the district’s traffic burden and decrease new campus parking construction, thus reducing both environmental impacts and institutional costs.