Join the War Eagle Bike Share Today! Here’s How…

Post contributed by Don Andre, Manager of Parking Services

Photo of Bike Share BikesWe are pleased to announce that the War Eagle Bike Share program is now available.  You can go to your app store/market place on your smart phone or visit au.gotchabike.com  and join the program to start using the bicycles.

  • Go to your app store/market place and search for “Social Bicycles”.
  • When installing, you will need to agree to allow the app to access your location and send notifications.
  • Once in the app, and when prompted after the instructions, select “Register” and then select “War Eagle Bike Share” network.
  • You must enter payment information in case you exceed the free two-hour rental period.
  • Keep in mind the PIN code you select when registering will be your PIN for accessing bicycles at the hub locations.
  • To activate your registration, you must confirm via the link in the email you will receive from socialbicycles.com.
  • Once your registration is activated, you’re ready to ride!

To use a bike without making a reservation in advance, go to a War Eagle Bike Share hub and enter your account number and PIN code.  The bike will unlock – remove the yellow U-bar and place it in the holster rings on the left side of the bike while riding.

To reserve a bike, go to the Social Bicycles app on your smart phone or visit au.gotchabike.com. Select a bike from the map that you would like to reserve.  After clicking or tapping on the bike, press the “CONFIRM” button.   A screen will pop up informing you which bicycle you have reserved and give you the opportunity to cancel the reservation.  You can then go to the War Eagle hub location, find the bicycle you reserved and enter your PIN code to unlock the U-bar.

Photo of Bike Key PadIf a rider would like to make a quick stop, they can press the “HOLD” button on the keypad interface and lock the bike to a nearby rack to temporarily pause the rental. Any maintenance issues encountered can also be reported directly on the keypad.

When your ride is complete, you must return the bicycle to any War Eagle Bike Share hub to end the ride and not be charged additional fees.  Be sure to lock the bike securely to the bicycle rack by securing the U-bar around the rack and insert into the designated holes at the rear of the bike.  If there is not any space in the hub to return the bike, you may lock the bicycle to any bike rack near the hub and contact our office through email or by calling (334) 844-4143 to let us know where the bicycle is located.

The bike share information/instructions are also available in the app by selecting the “Support” option.

Thanks!  Enjoy your ride, follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet.

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Sustainability Award Nominations are Open through February 9th

Photo of Spirit or Sustainability AwardsDo you know someone or a group of people who are making significant contributions toward sustainability? If so, please nominate them for a Spirit of Sustainability Award!

All students, faculty, staff, and/or alumni of Auburn University are eligible to be nominated. Accomplishments can be from any or all points on the Sustainability Compass: Nature, Economics, Society, and Wellbeing.

You can read about award criteria and stories of recipients from the prior 3 years on the awards webpage. Some of the group awardees include student organizations, programs and building projects on campus, and projects in communities.

In addition to other awards, each year we honor one student who has gone above and beyond with the William Olson Student Achievement Award. Do you know a student who is highly passionate and committed and who is making a difference in creating a sustainable future?  If so, we encourage you to nominate him/her today!

It’s easy to nominate someone. Just go to the nomination form to describe motivations and impacts of the person or group, and how they are engaging others. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 9th by close of business.

The Awards Committee looks forward to reading your nomination for an award recipient, and honoring this year’s awardees on April 20th.

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Director’s Corner: Jump In!!

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  Nelson Mandela

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”  Vince Lombardi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

It’s Fall Semester 2015.  The start of a shiny, new school year.  Whether you are new to campus or a seasoned veteran, as student or employee, it’s an exciting time.   It’s a good time to think about what you’d like the next nine months to be about.

I have one suggestion and request as you think about that: Get Involved.

I can’t think of a single thing that holds more promise for a better, more sustainable world than people working together with positive intention to make a difference.

Find an issue, an organization, an idea that energizes you.  Join with others who share your interest – chances are you will find a university or community group already in place – and jump in.

We all want to live lives that matter, and there is literally nothing like the feeling of meaning and accomplishment that comes from contributing to something bigger than ourselves.  And on top of that everyone I know who has joined with others to be of service to a greater good feels like they have gained much more than they have given.  Invariably, people talk about what they have learned, the relationships they have developed, the sense of empowerment they have realized, and a deeper sense of wholeness they feel within.

And the thing is, there is so much need and so much opportunity to contribute in so many ways and at every scale.  Pick a topic: hunger, poverty, education, animal welfare, making music, creating art, clean water, good government, human trafficking, gender equity, renewable energy, fair wages, an inclusive economy, fairness and justice for all, ecosystem viability, mental health… the list is almost endless.

And make no mistake: We all have talent and intelligence to offer.  As an old Japanese proverb says, “None of us is as smart as all of us,” so what you bring to a group effort enriches and enlarges it.  And group efforts are synergistic: the whole of a group’s efforts are greater than the sum of its individual members.

So pick something of interest and jump in.  Our world needs you.

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Our Sustainability Story — The Latest Chapter

Sustainability efforts at Auburn can be found enhancing all areas of the university’s mission: research, instruction, and outreach, and are being implemented throughout the university’s operations.  We’re pleased to provide this overview of just some of the many efforts underway.  These varied programs, initiatives, and people represent the larger passion and commitment to sustainability that exist within the Auburn Family, both on campus and around the world. We hope the stories offered here will serve as a powerful reminder of the ability we each possess to help create a sustainable world.

If you’re short on time, you can view our story in each respective area: academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration.  Of course, if you’re interested in learning more about these, or other campus sustainability efforts, we encourage you to contact our office.  Thank you for watching!

We would be remiss not to acknowledge the support of the many colleges, departments, and units that provided the Office of Sustainability with descriptions, facts, and photos of their respective efforts, without which this update wouldn’t have been possible. We would also like to give special recognition to our summer and fall intern, Chelsea Roadman, who graduated in December 2014 with a degree in Public Relations.   Chelsea applied her immense skills, talent, and creativity in a myriad of ways to bring our Sustainability Story to life.

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Nominations Open for the Spirit of Sustainability Awards

Photo of Spirit of Sustainability Awards Announcement 2015

The Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Spirit of Sustainability Awards.  Students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni may be nominated for an award either individually or as a group.  Self-nominations will also be accepted.  Nominations must be submitted to the Sustainability Office by close of business on Wednesday, February 11th.

For information on the awards program, nomination criteria, and to see past recipients visit our Spirit of Sustainability Awards page.  To get started on a nomination, you may complete the nomination form.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

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