Green Commuter Program

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The Green Commuter Program at UC Davis Health promotes sustainable transportation practices that not only protect air quality in our community–but are also good for your health! By encouraging the use of alternative transportation options, the program works to reduce the cost and stress of an employee’s commute, relieve campus congestion, and ease parking demand.

Becoming a member says you are committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution through walking, biking, taking public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling to work or school at least three times a week.

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Find a greener commute!

Registration into the Green Commuter Program depends on your commute mode. View the options below to learn more about each mode.

Employees and students who live within one mile of the Medical Center may choose to walk for their daily commutes. Choosing an active commute method like walking provides benefits such as incorporating exercise into everyday life, increased productivity, and reduced stress levels.

If you are interested in registering for the Green Commuter Program by walking, please stop by the Parking Office or email Marissa Barber.

Riding your bike is a great way to enjoy exercise and fresh air on your way to work! Employees and students at UC Davis Health who ride a bicycle or scooter to work/school may be eligible for the Green Commuter Program.

Click here for more information on registering your bike or scooter through Bike Index, and how to qualify for the Green Commuter Program by biking.

Sit back and relax while someone else does the driving, all while saving money on your commute. UC Davis Medical Center is conveniently located near four bus routes and the Gold Line Light Rail. Employees and students at UC Davis Health may be eligible for up to $100 in monthly subsidies on transit passes!

Learn more about regional transit. 

Not sure if regional transit will work for you? Please reach out to Marissa Barber for assistance in planning your transit route!

A carpool consists of two or more UC Davis Health employees commuting together in the same vehicle from a similar location. This allows commuters to save money by sharing the expense of driving. Carpooling allows access to HOV lanes on most major highways which can also save time on your commute.

Please note that only UC Davis Medical Center employees count towards permit eligibility.

If you are interested in joining a carpool, but do not know of anyone making your commute please complete the form below:

Carpool Interest Form

To purchase a carpool permit, all members of the carpool group will need to come into the parking office together to register.

Carpool Permit Monthly Cost per person
2-Person $27.55
3-Person $16.43
4-Person $10.88
5-Person $7.54


For many carpoolers, it may be cheaper to share the cost of daily parking through the ParkMobile app ($2.32 per day). However, daily parking would not qualify you for the Green Commuter Program. 


If you carpool with someone who works nearby but is not a UC Davis Health employee or student, you may qualify for the Green Commuter Program if you get dropped off. If you are interested in registering for the Green Commuter Program as a drop-off, please stop by the Parking Office or email Marissa Barber.

A vanpool consists of five or more UC Davis Health employees commuting together in the same vehicle from a similar location. Vanpoolers must commute a minimum of 15 miles one way to their work location, and they must reside in the same or neighboring zip codes. Vanpools can either be granted reserved parking or park in any B-permit zone, depending on the location and availability. 


The cost of joining any vanpool is determined by the number of miles traveled divided by the number of passengers. Each vanpool passenger can receive a subsidy of up to $100 per month to offset the monthly leased cost. 


Commute with Enterprise

The Green Commuter Program partners with Commute with Enterprise for vanpool creation and management. If you are interested in joining a vanpool, please visit and click "Join Commute" to get started. For questions, please reach out to our local Enterprise representative Sarah Corrigan 

School of Medicine/Nursing Permit

The School of Medicine/Nursing Permit provides after-hours courtesy parking for School of Medicine and School of Nursing students who are actively registered in the Green Commuter Program.

The School of Medicine/Nursing Permit is ONLY valid after hours and weekends: 5 p.m. — 6 a.m. Monday—Friday and all day Saturday—Sunday. This permit is valid in any B-permit zone*.

To obtain this permit, you must come into the Parking and Transportation Office and:
        •    Show student ID
        •    Be registered in the Green Commuter Program

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Green Commuter Program assistant, Marissa Barber.

*Please note, the School of Medicine/Nursing permit is not valid in stalls marked "Green Commuter Permit Required" (in Lot 12). When using your permit, you may park in any unmarked stall in Lot 12 (or any other B-permit location) during the time specified above.

Have You Considered the Benefits?

Reduction in car maintenance
Savings in commute time through the use of commuter lanes
Guaranteed Ride Program to get you home in cases of emergency
Courtesy parking options available each fiscal year when you have to drive
Save money on fuel and parking

All registered Green Commuters are eligible for up to five Guaranteed Ride vouchers per year. This is a complimentary service that provides a ride home in the event of an emergency. You must be registered with the Sacramento Region 511 to access this benefit. Click here to learn more. 

As a Green Commuter, there may be occasional days where you need to park on campus. We got you covered!

Employees and students registered in the Green Commuter Program receive up to 24 Green Commuter 1-Day Permits for courtesy parking days each fiscal year. Click here to learn more about the permits. 

Login to your parking portal to access your permits.

Need to run errands during your lunch break? Zipcar has you covered!

Zipcar is a self-service hourly car share program. Cars are available for when you need to run errands, have lunch with friends or anything else you may need to do. You don't need to drive to work when you have a car conveniently available for you on site!

Click here to learn more about Zipcar at UC Davis Health. 

You Could Win Prizes Too!

UC Davis Health has partnered with Sacramento Region 511 to bring additional transportation benefit to our employees, including the Guaranteed Ride Program.

All employees are eligible to register with Sacramento Region 511, regardless of how you commute to work. The program is an interactive way to track your daily trips throughout the year and see what impact your efforts have on the environment.

As a reward for logging your miles, randomly selected winners will be chosen to receive gift cards to local locations. These will be awarded by the Sacramento TMA. 

Register as a new user or login to start earning points: 


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