App-based shuttle schedule keeps things moving at Green Mountain College
February 6, 2018
By MobileUp Software
Green Mountain College invests in environmentally friendly practices whenever and wherever possible.
For example, the campus in Poultney, VT, features LEED-certified buildings and its own biomass plant, which burns locally harvested wood chips to provide 85% of the school’s annual heating needs.
And these are just two examples of many at the school. There are several more including solar, steam and wind projects and another that converts the methane gas in cow manure into electricity.
As the Green Mountain College website proclaims, “Every day is Earth Day.”
Photo: Green Mountain College
A Schedule for Sustainable Transportation
Students are also encouraged to lower their carbon footprint whenever possible by using the campus shuttle instead of their own motorized vehicles.
For the college to succeed in this mission, it needed an effective way to inform students about the service and its schedule.
As the shuttle service began, the schedule was provided as a PDF download from the student portal.
But through feedback sessions with students, the Green Mountain College app administrators learned this method wasn’t very helpful.
Students typically did not keep the PDF handy either in an electronic or printed form. Most were having to download the information each time they needed it. And of course, those times were usually in the hurried minutes between classes.
From the administrative side, the PDF also posed problems in case the schedule needed to change or be temporarily updated for any reason.
Making the schedule mobile
Fortunately, Green Mountain was already a MobileUp Software customer and this meant the solution was literally in the palms of their hands.
The Green Mountain app administration engaged MobileUp client services for help. And now, students are able to find the shuttle schedule with a few taps on the Green Mountain College Connect app.
Here is how it all looks:
Students navigate to their desired schedule by week, then by day.