Environmental and transportation affairs

U-PASS

Röskva wants to implement a U-Pass for students in Iceland, modeled after similar programs around the world. The U-Pass is a transit card that grants the cardholder unlimited access to public transportation for a low price.

Röskva wants the same bus fare for all students
Röskva wants the same rates on bus fares for all students at the University of Iceland, regardless of their residency. It needs to be ensured that students whose legal residency is outside of the capital region get a student discount of bus cards. Röskva demands that the municipalities support students from their area and in that, they meet Strætó BS half way. Röskva objects to further increases in the pricing of the student cards and will promote continual transportations between Suðurnes and the capital region. Transportation is extremely important to students who are studying at Keilir.

LATE-NIGHT BUSES

Röskva believes late-night buses are an important public transportation option for young people and students and that the service should be further improved. Late-night buses are a matter of safety and increase quality of life. We should also urge the local bus service, Strætó, to improve its mobile app.

Bus fare stamp cards at a lower rate for students
Röskva would like to continue putting pressure on the municipalities and Strætó to implement stamp cards for students. The stamp card would be at a lower price than individual tickets and would be more practical for those students who use the bus occasionally.

Public transportation needs to be accessible
Röskva wants a bus system which students can utilize. Röskva will continue pressuring Strætó BS to implement systematic fast routes so that the bus can also be used as a fast transportation option. Röskva also wants to fight for a university connection. A bus which will solely transport between various buildings of the University of Iceland and the University of Reykjavík. Especially between Háskólatorg, Læknagarður, Eirberg and Stakkahlíð.

More accessible walkways between university buildings
Röskva wants the walkways between the university buildings to be clear and safe, including improved lighting. Thus, pedestrians are quicker when travelling between buildings and rely less on vehicles. The number of walkways between university buildings need to be increased.

MORE CROSSWALKS

Röskva wants more crosswalks on campus. We insist that the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists be ensured, for instance by installing a crosswalk next to the bike path across Sæmundargata.

THE UNIVERSITY’S CARBON FOOTPRINT

Röskva believes the university must take into account its considerable carbon footprint due to the use of private vehicles as well as air travel to attend meetings overseas. Röskva would like to see university officials make more use of video conferencing technology and take fewer international flights. Röskva believes the university should take steps to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. In addition, when university personnel go abroad on official business, steps should be taken to offset the carbon emissions produced by their travel.

IMPROVED ACCESS AND FACILITIES FOR BICYCLISTS

Röskva wants to make biking an appealing transportation option for students. Covered bike shelters should be located outside every building, and accessible shower facilities should be widely available. Bike paths all over campus must be greatly improved and properly maintained during the winter months. Ideally, we would have a bike repair and maintenance facility on campus. In addition, bike shelters and storage should be provided in all student residences, and the situation in older buildings requires significant improvement.

Bicycle rents at the University
Röskva would like to set up a bicycle rent at the university area. A bicycle rent is an optimal option for those who need to, for example, travel between the university area and Eirberg, Læknagarður and Stakkahlíð.

The speed bump by Sæmundargata
Röskva celebrates that the traffic calming by Sæmundargata, opposed to Oddi, has been fixed since it was perilous for those vehicles who drive over it. Röskva has successfully brought this up with the city authorities but at that same meeting issues like security of cyclist and walkways were brought up and the city authorities have not acted on this.

Carpooling as a more environmentally friendly travel option for students
Röskva suggests that car-sharing companies increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles available for students to rent short-term and long-term. Röskva encourages students to use Facebook groups as a platform for ride sharing. Röskva also demands that charging stations for electric cars be provided on campus.


Röskva wants green dormitories
Röskva believes that ecological dormitories are a realistic vision for the future. We want the dormitories to be a role model for other homes in regards to recycling, ecological commute and other sustainable ways of life. We want the dormitories to have more options for recycling, mainly sorting biological waste, glass and aluminium.

FURTHER IMPROVING RECYCLING EFFORTS

Röskva applauds the university’s focus on recycling and wants to see even more follow-through and development in this area. The number of trash cans on campus could be decreased and the number of dirty dish stations increased. There should also be a designated place for empty pizza boxes in every building on campus. The school must make it a priority to educate students about how to sort their recycling, for instance by using visual aids and emphasizing recycling at all new student orientations. It’s important to get the National University Library and Háskólabíó on board with the university’s environmental standards. We must also improve access to recycling, for instance by marking recycling bin lids with Braille for the blind and providing lower bins for the physically impaired.

REDUCING FOOD WASTE

Röskva wants to reduce food waste as much as possible. One means of reducing waste would be for Háma to sell goods at a discount when they reach their sell-by date. Food items labeled with a best-by date could be sold beyond that date at a discount.

Röskva wants green coffee cards
Röskva wants students to be encouraged to environmentally attain friendly ways of living and suggests the availability of green coffee cards at Háma where students get less expensive coffee if they bring their own reusable containers.

REUSABLE CONTAINERS

Student Services could do even more to encourage students to bring their own reusable containers for hot meals from Háma.

WORKING TOWARD A PLASTIC-FREE UNIVERSITY

Röskva wants to eliminate disposable cutlery and unnecessary plastic containers. The University of Iceland should aim to be a plastic-free institution and to eliminate single-use dishware. To encourage students to choose reusable containers, the university should make reusable cutlery more readily available in all campus buildings and provide dish washing stations so students can clean their containers after use.

Green University
Röskva wants the University of Iceland to be leading in all environmental issues. The University of Iceland shall encourage environmental protection and environmentally friendly ways of living, for example by encouraging electronic turn-ins of assignments.
Röskva encourages increased use of electronic educational materials and that they should always be utilized when possible. Röskva wants the University of Iceland to begin to consider the next Green step to take at the end of the first Green step which will be in the beginning of February and also participate in projects such as the Green flag. Röskva also considers it to be crucial that the employment percentage of the project manager of the sustainability- and environmental issues within the University of Iceland should be raised to 100%. It would be a big step towards a greener University.

USING CORN-BASED PLASTICS WHEN POSSIBLE

Röskva believes Student Services and the university as a whole should use more biodegradable corn-based plastic bags and containers. Bioplastic products must meet environmental standards.

Rökva wants to increase the variety of vegan foods in Háma
Röskva will continue to fight for a wider selection of vegan options at Háma and in vending machines across campus. The current selection of vegan and vegetarian options is highly inadequate. The selection at Háma’s smaller locations, i.e. locations outside of the University Centre, is particularly lacking.