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Air Quality

Air quality is of critical importance around the globe. This is particularly true in Southern California, where the biggest contributor to the air quality is the number of vehicles on the road. In May 2009, the American Lung Association reported that Los Angeles had the most polluted air in the nation for ozone and year round particle pollution. As a Christian institution, Pepperdine has a duty to do all it can to ensure the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. This begins with a commitment to clean air throught reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

On-Campus Housing and Residence Life

The University's largest contribution to improving air quality is the provision of on-campus housing, as this conserves fuel while decreasing the number of rush hour vehicles. Pepperdine currently provides 2,270 student beds and houses 143 faculty/staff residents. This accounts for 52% of our student population and 8% of our faculty/staff population, respectively. Pepperdine recently submitted an application for approval to add additional student beds on campus. This will provide on-campus housing for 75% of our undergraduate students, which will take even more vehicles off the road.

Sustainable Commute

Pepperdine's sustainable commute program incentivizes alternative, lower-impact methods of transportation to and from campus. Staff and Faculty can participate through carpool, vanpool, bus/shuttle, bicycle, or walking. Each month, participants fill out a tracking form where they indicate which days they participated in alternative commute. Those who participate in alternative commute 10 or more times a month will be entered into a monthly drawing for movie tickets. The sustainable commute program also includes bus subsidies. The subsidy is $40 a month, but members must travel by bus at least 10 times a month to receive the full amount. To find out more, contact Emily Mead or vanpool coordinator, Angie Pederson 

Sign up for Pepperdine ride matching here to find a carpool buddy and get rewarded for commuting sustainably! 

In the event of a campus closures due to an emergency, critical support personnel who also participate in the vanpool program can arrange for an emergency ride home. An email or text will go out to all vanpool riders so they may know who to contact to coordinate alternate rides home. The cost of the ride will be covered by the University. Vanpool riders who must leave work early due to illness or a personal emergency can contact the Center for Sustainability to arrange a ride home. 


Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In the Fall of 2014, three Electric Vehicle Charging Stations were installed on the Malibu campus. Two were installed in the Main Seaver Lot and one in Rho Lot. The Center for Sustainability worked with EcoMedia and the stations, along with charging for the next three years, were funded by Chevrolet. These stations allow students, faculty, and staff to choose zero-emissions electric vehicles as a reliable source of transportation.

Pepperdine Fleet


Pepperdine has created a shuttle service to cut down on campus traffic, provide transportation for staff, faculty, and students, and reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Shuttle services provide transportation on campus and into the local shopping areas.

Download the Pepperdine App from the App Store or Google Play, and access real-time shuttle information.

Clean Fleet Vehicles

The Facilities, Management, and Planning department uses a fleet of 20 electric vehicles, while Public Safety operates two hybrid vehicles to monitor the campus and provide assistance to students.

Zip Car

In the Fall of 2014, Pepperdine introduced Zipcar to its Malibu campus. Zipcar is a car sharing system created to allow people to rent cars by the hour or by the day, providing an excellent opportunity for students who do not own a car. Currently, there are two available Zipcars available in Rho Parking lot. For more information and to register, visit the Pepperdine Zipcar page.