BRAVO for Going Green at Ripon College
This applies only to WI Ripon College 2008-2009 Freshmen
Our world, including the Ripon campus and community, is increasingly susceptible to the societal ills of obesity, traffic congestion, fuel consumption and pollution. In recent years, a growing percentage of
Ripon students have brought a vehicle to campus. Too often, Ripon students, faculty and staff alike use their vehicles to travel from their campus residences and offices to classes, the cafeteria and the gym.
A recent statistic about American’s driving habits suggests that 50
percent of car trips in the United States are less than two miles.
We all rely too much on our cars.
To minimize vehicular traffic on campus, Ripon has systematically
moved campus parking from the interior of the campus to the exterior
in an effort to make car travel less convenient. By the beginning of
the 2008-09 school year portions of the two main streets that bisect campus will be removed to create a safer, greener, more pedestrian-
and bicycle-friendly mall. The Ripon Velorution Project is designed to
take this vision a step further. This project is a strong and public statement of the College’s commitment to a healthier and greener community.
Stemming from the word “vélo” which is French for bicycle, velorution
is an anagram of the word revolution. The velorution is a global social movement wherein the bicycle is part of the solution to problems of obesity, traffic congestion, fuel consumption, pollution and the erosion
of communities to urban sprawl. The velorution aims to return the
bicycle from use solely for sport or recreation to its roots as a healthy,
fun and sustainable form of transportation.
Ripon College is proud to join the velorution by providing a new bicycle to each first-year student who signs a pledge that he/she will not bring a vehicle to campus through the duration of the
2008-09 school year.
In doing so, Ripon hopes to break these students of their dependency on cars for transportation and thereby reduce the College’s ecological footprint.