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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University is one of the most transit friendly destinations in Greater Cincinnati, according to a coalition of environmental, business and transit groups.

The University earned “Diamond Level” status as a Transit Friendly Destination for its efforts to expand access to public transit and to integrate transit into the campus culture.

The Transit Friendly Destination initiative is a project of Green Umbrella, Metro, TANK, Agenda 360, and Skyward to promote transit across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. NKU is among 10 inaugural destinations recognized by the coalition.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said NKU sustainability manager Tess Phinney. “We are committed to offering alternative transportation opportunities to our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

NKU and TANK have a longstanding partnership and work together to offer the U-Pass program, which provides free bus and shuttle rides to students, faculty and staff. The University also promotes ridesharing, biking, and offers ZipCar vehicles on campus.

Promoting public transit is one way that NKU works to reduce its carbon footprint. The University has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 as part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

NKU students have also created an app that measures the amount of carbon dioxide saved by carpooling, taking public transit, or walking to and from campus rather than driving. The “Choose Green” project has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the students are currently seeking funding to finish the project.

For more information about NKU’s sustainability programs, please visit