Nestled within Orange County, California, Chapman University resides in an area infamous for its commuter culture. Nearly 60% of students commute to campus and as a result, the university is plagued with single rider vehicles and parking issues.
Such conditions can no longer be tolerated at Chapman as the parking situation is known to decrease the satisfaction of its 8,305 students, and environmental quality. According to the 2016 Ruffalo Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, just 28.7% of undergraduate students found the amount of student parking space on campus to be adequate. Additionally, vehicles like those commuting to Chapman are the largest air quality compromisers in the United States, creating one-third of all American air pollution. Ridesharing, or the grouping of travelers into common trips by van or car, is a powerful strategy to resolve these issues. For more information, refer to Chapter 4 of the 2017 Environmental Audit, written by Allison Scavo.